One of the most common questions we are asked is how our library of digital content supports the Common Core.  The easy answer is that our entire library has been aligned to the Common Core standards, so teachers can find resources related to each standard.  The more complex answer is that there are many pieces of content that can be used in flexible ways to support each individual standard, and it is up to teachers to choose the content that best supports their lesson and their students.

Here are five pieces of digital content a teacher might choose from StarrMatica’s library to support and enhance the teaching of: CCSS.MATH.CONTENT.K.CC.B.5 Count to answer “how many?” questions about as many as 20 things arranged in a line, a rectangular array, or a circle, or as many as 10 things in a scattered configuration; given a number from 1-20, count out that many objects.

Students learn how to count objects with this animated tutorial.

Use the objects as counters and arrange them in a line, a rectangular array, or a circle, or as many as 10 things in a scattered configuration.  Or ask your students to choose an object and place a number from 1-20 of them on the mat.

Students count the number of each identified animal in the picture and can immediately check their answers.

Students help Lecky catch a given number of balloons and can immediately check their answers.

Students count the number of a given color of balloon as they float around the screen and can immediately check their answers.

Each Friday on Facebook and Twitter, we share a curated digital resource from our library that is one of our favorites.  Here’s what we shared in December:

Introduce fractions in a problem solving context:

Three of our favorite games for locating fractions on a number line:

http://www.sheppardsoftware.com/mathgames/fractions/AnimalRescueFractionsNumberLineGame.swf

http://playpowerlabs.org/bsnl/v21/brainpop/BSNL.html