In our Common Questions series, StarrMatica’s CEO, Emily Starr, answers some of the questions we are most commonly asked.
StarrMatica’s content addresses many of the Literature and Informational Text Common Core Standards. There are several features to our content which are specifically focused on meeting the needs of teachers as they adjust to the Common Core.
- Teachers can search our entire library of content by the Common Core standards.
- In 3rd-5th grade, the Common Core focuses on non-fiction texts. Half of the literature on StarrMatica is non-fiction including at least eight texts for every reading comprehension topic.
- StarrMatica’s 3rd-6th grade reading tests include both fiction and non-fiction texts. The tests are open response which require students to type in answers, use details from the story to support answers, and justify/explain answers. This is similar to the structure of the new Common Core assessments.
- For teachers looking for practice texts, look no further than StarrMatica’s picture book resources. StarrMatica has developed picture book partner guides for many picture books. These guides provide a lesson plan with printable questions for using the picture book to teach Common Core standards. The standards addressed are listed in each guide.
As former teachers, we are committed to helping our fellow educators find quality digital content to assist in the Common Core transition. Stay tuned for further Common Core updates!