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 our library to support and enhance the teaching of: CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.RI.4.2  Determine the main idea of a text and explain how it is supported by key details; summarize the text.



Firefighter Students practice discriminating between a main idea and supporting details.


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What’s the Big Idea? Students practice finding the main idea of a paragraph.




Supporting Details Students determine the details that best support the paragraph.




Newspaper Headlines Students write newspaper headlines that will tell the main idea of an article.



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What’s the Main Idea? Students learn how to find a main idea with this slide show and then practice what they have learned.