Using to Meet Common Core Standards

Q. How can help me meet Common Core objectives?

A. is supremely adaptable. You might use for classroom instruction, for independent study, as materials for substitutes, or in even more ways. Our online curriculum includes almost 1,300 lessons covering a wide range of agriculture-related topics. And the lesson text does not stand alone. We include glossaries, PowerPoints, puzzles, exercises, worksheets and internet resources at no extra cost. All provide good ways to meet Common Core requirements. AgEd Today, our daily agriculture news report, offers another excellent source of agriculture-related reading and writing opportunities.

The Common Core is a voluntary set of learning goals outlining what students should know and do at each grade level. It was developed by governors, state commissioners of education, industry groups and teachers. The Common Core does not tell teachers what to teach or provide a list of facts students must memorize. Instead, it defines which skills students will need in reading, writing, speaking, listening and using language in order to be better learners in any subject area and to help them be successful in college and/or careers after leaving high school.

Keep in mind, the Common Core does not specify the curriculum to be used. Instead, it lists important learning skills for students to master.

Q. How about some examples?

  • Start with the lessons. Our almost 1,300 lessons provide many options for subject-related reading opportunities.
  • Use the news. AgEd Today, our daily news service, also offers a broad-ranging source of agriculture-related reading material. Have students use the news review worksheet to complete writing assignments on a regular basis.
  • Beef up on vocabulary. For meeting vocabulary goals, the interactive crossword puzzles and lesson library glossaries are excellent resources.
  • Exercise your options. Don't stop with the lessons. Exercises provide many opportunities to practice group speaking and listening skills and apply knowledge presented in the lesson text.
  • Delve deeper. Use lesson internet resources in each lesson for additional, in-depth information.

There are four main sections to the Common Core, with each section divided into key ideas called anchor standards. View Common Core anchor standards with teaching examples from

Q. Are there other local, state or national standards?

A. Yes, the Common Core has been adopted by most, but not all states. Some states have adopted the Common Core with changes, and a few states have chosen to develop their own separate state standards. Each state develops its own plan for evaluating student success. Find out more about your state's decision regarding Common Core here:

Your school or state may have additional standards requirements in place, such as the Common Career Technical Core (CCTC) or the National Agriculture, Food and Natural Resources (AFNR) Career Cluster Content Standards. Educators continue to search for the best ways to improve student learning. All lessons are matched with National AFNR Standards as revised in 2015. LEARN MORE.

Additional resources:

** Editor's note:
A book by Jim Burke was very helpful when preparing examples of how can be used to meet Common Core standards. It includes a plain English explanation of grade-level specifics for each anchor standard for both the regular version and the version for technical subjects. Detailed, specific instructional strategies are included, and key academic words and phrases are defined and explained for each anchor standard.
Nancy Crombie, Senior Editor

Title: The Common Core Companion: The Standards Decoded, Grades 9-12 -- What They Say, What They Mean, How to Teach Them
Author: Jim Burke
Publisher: Corwin
Copyright date: 2013
ISBN: 978-1-4522-7658-8 (paperback)

** Common Core website:
View complete grade-level details at the Common Core State Standards Initiatives webpage:

American RadioWorks - Greater Expectations: The Challenge of the Common Core
A documentary and other information about Common Core