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 four pieces of digital content a teacher might choose from StarrMatica’s library to support and enhance the teaching of: CCSS.MATH.CONTENT.K.CC.C.6 Identify whether the number of objects in one group is greater than, less than, or equal to the number of objects in another group, e.g., by using matching and counting strategies.

Students learn how to compare numbers and objects to learn to identify which is more than, greater than, less than, and equal to.

Students learn to pair two groups of objects to comparison count.

Students help feed pets by choosing the group of food that is more than less than, smaller than, larger than, or greater than.

Students help feed pets by choosing the correct symbol (<, >, =) to compare two groups of food.

Before we look ahead to a new school year, we wanted to take a moment to look back at the new content that was added during last school year.  Here’s a list of the new content we shared in our monthly newsletters throughout the year last year.  Be sure to read to the end for a sneak peek at what we have planned this year!

K-2 Summarizing Book Features:  Students learn how to summarize, sequence, find main ideas, and identify features of fiction and nonfiction books.

Featured Resource:  Circus Trains
Sequence how-to instructions and fiction paragraphs by putting train cars into the correct order. (You must be a StarrMatica member to access this content.)

Science Topic:  Light and Sound

Learn how shadows are formed and learn what happens to the shape and size of shadows at different times of the day and in different seasons.

Science Topic:  Oceans

Featured Resource:  Ocean Zones
Learn about four different ocean zones.  Then try to place six fish in the correct zones based on their descriptions.

Science Topic:  Science Careers and the Scientific Process

Featured Resource:  Career Town
Explore career town to learn about different job possibilities.

K-2 Data and Graphs:  Students learn how to create and read tally charts, picture graphs, bar graphs, and line plots.

Featured Resource:  Bar Graph Pets
Help Mindy collect data about the pets in her shop and create a bar graph with two or three categories. (You must be a StarrMatica member to access this content.)

Science Topic:  Classification and Heredity

Featured Resource:  Dog Breeding
Breed a certain type of border collie puppy by selecting parents with the right traits.

Science Topic:  Soil

Featured Resource:  Soil Safari
Journey through the soil in this Earth Ship to learn about the creatures that help create soil. Find an organism that can eat a toxic chemical that is threatening to destroy the meadow!

K-2 2D and 3D Shapes:  Students learn about 2D shapes, 3D shapes, symmetry, patterns, and spatial thinking.

Featured Resource:  Wrapping Paper Symmetry
Liam is creating drawings on the wrapping paper for Olivia’s present. Help Liam finish each drawing so it is symmetrical. (You must be a StarrMatica member to access this content.)

Math Topic:  Line Plots

Featured Resource:  The Data Bank Research Company
Gather data by surveying customers. Then create a line plot of the data, create a bar graph to display the data, and answer questions about the data.

And this year, look for new content to help you teach K-2 Measurement, Chemistry, Microorganisms, Compass Skills, and Grammar topics!