Bellringers- Colorado


ELEMENT A– Teachers provide instruction that is aligned with the Colorado Academic Standards; their district’s organized plan of instruction; and the individual needs of their students.


District Lesson Planning Template  – Use this template to plan daily and weekly lessons within a unit

Colorado Academic Standards – Direct link to the Colorado Academic Standards

Common Core State Standards– Direct link tot he Common Core State Standards (CCSS) in English Language Arts and Math

Key Shifts in ELA – Provides an overview of the key shifts in CCSS ELA standards from previous standards

Key Shifts in Math – Provides an overview of the key shifts in CCSS Math standards from previous standards

Appendix A – Provides key information on text complexity, Writing, Speaking and listening demands of the CCSS standards.

Appendix B – Provides text exemplars and sample performance tasks to assist teachers in assuring that instruction is aligned to the CCSS

Appendix C – Provides student writing samples to guide teachers in aligning instruction to the demands of the CCSS

Colorado Sample Curriculum – A collection of sample unit overviews and instructional units for each grade level and content area

Achieve the Core – Developed by the designers of the CCSS, this resource provides PD, resources and tools for implementing the CCSS

ELA Literacy Lesson Bank – A library of nearly 300 free CCSS-aligned lessons for grades 3-10

History/Social Studies Lessons-  A collection of free CCSS-aligned history and social studies lessons.

Engage NY – Common Core Aligned curriculum, units, lessons and supporting materials in ELA and Math for grades Pk-12

Saylor Academy – Open source curriculum and materials for multiple grade levels and subject areas. Includes textbooks and lesson plans

Bell Ringers and Do Nows–  A list of 25 bell-ringer and do now activities to support high quality instruction

Learning Objectives – Online tutorial for writing quality learning objectives

Writing Instructional Objectives – Provides guidance and a helpful protocol for writing high quality instructional objectives

Bloom’s Taxonomy – Task oriented question construction based breakdown of Bloom’s Taxonomy

Demonstrations of Learning (DOLs) – A guide for writing quality DOLs to formatively assess student learning. Includes examples for all content areas.


ELEMENT B– Teachers demonstrate knowledge of student literacy development in reading, writing, speaking and listening.


What Content Area Teachers Should Know About Adolescent Literacy –  Provides basic information about how to build adolescent reading and writing skills.

Instructional Strategies that Facilitate Literacy Across Content Areas – background and supporting resources for integrating literacy across content areas

Seven Literacy Strategies That Work – A brief overview of research-based literacy strategies to promote literacy across all grade levels and content areas.

Literacy Design Collaborative (LDC) – Access to training, resources and curricula to support implementation of CCSS Literacy Standards.

LDC Core Tools –  Access to online tool for designing LDC modules.

Closing in on Close Reading – Overview of Close Reading as a high-impact strategy for supporting development of reading skills for students

Close Reading of Text  VIDEO example of close reading using Martin Luther King’s Letter from a Birmingham Jail

Close Reading Model Lessons – An array of sample lessons designed around close reading of text.  Includes samples from K-12.

Text Dependent Questions and the CCSS – Overview of using Text-dependent questions as a strategy to support close reading of text

A Primer on Active Reading – Provides a brief overview of active reading and how it supports literacy skill development

Active Reading Strategies (1 of 4) – A collection of ready-to use templates to support active reading and engagement with text

Active Reading Strategies (2 of 4)

Active Reading Strategies (3 of 4)

Active Reading Strategies (4 of 4)

Information Literacy Defined – A quick look at the skills that underlie information literacy as well as resources to support the teaching of IL

Information Literacy Skills Competency Checklist (PK-2) – A ready-to-use skills checklist for teaching IL in grades Pk-2

Information Literacy Skills Competency Checklist (3-5)  –  A ready-to-use skills checklist for teaching IL in grades 3-5

Information Literacy Skills Competency Checklist (6-8) – A ready-to-use skills checklist for teaching IL in grades 6-8

Information Literacy Skills Competency Checklist (9-12) – A ready-to-use skills checklist for teaching IL in grades 9-12

Socratic Seminars – A complete resource for understanding Socratic seminars as a strategy for teaching and learning. Includes links to resources


ELEMENT C:  Teachers demonstrate knowledge of mathematics and understand how to promote student development in

numbers and operations, algebra, geometry and measurement and data analysis and probability.


Numeracy in the News – A collection of numeracy-based articles and lessons that bring math to life for all students

Primas – Inquiry-based lessons and materials for teaching math in primary through secondary grades

Implementing the Mathematical Practice Standards – Includes visual representations of CCSS student math practices as well as teacher resources

Illustrative Mathematics – A bank of tasks, lessons and activities to build math skills and conceptual knowledge

Quantitative Reasoning Across the Curriculum

Center for Mathematics and Quantitative Education

NRICH Mathematics – A variety of resources for teaching and learning 21st century mathematics as per the CCSS

The Shell Center Mathematics Assessment Project (MDC) – A large bank of formative assessment tasks and lessons aligned to the CCSS

The Shell Center Education Publications –  Complete open-source guides and projects to support inquiry-based math instruction across K-12

Bowland Maths:  Math Centered Classroom Projects – A collection of classroom projects and case studies to support integration of math across curriculum

A Primer on Talk Moves – A brief overview of the “Talk Moves” strategy for supporting student discourse in mathematics

Talk Moves Poster – A ready-to-use poster for your classroom includes the 5 talk moves used to support student discourse in mathematics


ELEMENT D: Teachers demonstrate knowledge of the content, central concepts, tools of inquiry, appropriate evidence-based

instructional practices and specialized character of the disciplines being taught.


A Primer on Breaking Down Content for Students – VIDEO example for understanding how to break down content for students.

Concept Mapping – A complete resource for understanding how to use concept mapping to help students break down and engage with content.

Instructional Scaffolding to Improve Learning – A primer on instructional scaffolding to support student learning across disciplines. Includes resources

50 Ways to Leave Your Lecture – A collection of research-based engagement strategies to support high quality teaching and learning

Infographics – Provides an overview of infographics and their use to support student engagement and assessment

Reading Like a Historian – A resource for engaging students in historical inquiry and building disciplinary literacy skills.

Four Stage Text Investigation – A strategy for teaching disciplinary literacy with attention to the specialized character of disciplines



ELEMENT E:  Teachers develop lessons that reflect the interconnectedness of content areas/disciplines



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