Common Core App


photo credit: Ms. Poppy

This weeks blog post is on the Common Core Standards app, as requested. The app is compatible on either Android  or Apple products.  To download the app for Android products go to:

To download the app for Apple products go to:

This is a quick accessible way to access
information on the common core from your phone, tablet, or other devices.  If you look back to the blog post about the Common Core Standards, you can do the same things you can do through the website through this application.  I think it is a really great resource if you want to look something
up quickly.  A really great thing about this tool is that you can download it for FREE.  This app is a great reference so you can easily understand the core standards.  You can find the standards by subject, grade, and subject
category (domain/cluster), just like you can on the website.  The app not only includes Math standards, but also Language Arts standards for grades K-12 so if you wish to use it for other children or other subjects you may do so.  I hope this app is as helpful for you as it is for me!



BrainPOP is a group of educational websites with animated videos as well as quizzes, games, and other materials.  Although it is used for science, social studies, mathematics, English, technology, health, arts, engineering, and music, this blog will focus on the math portion of the website.  To learn more about BrainPOP visit:

BrainPOP follows the common core standards as stated on their website.  They say “BrainPOP is committed to developing quality resources and providing top-notch guidance to help you and your students meet the demands of the Common Core State Standards” on their website.  To read more about BrainPOP and the Common Core visit:

Unfortunately, to access BrainPOP you need to login.  Luckily, the school I worked with previously had a school login so I was able to access BrainPOP through their login.  When I have a login for students and families I will be sure to post one so you can reap the benefits.

To view an example visit:

To browse more examples visit:

Below the videos you can access activities, FYI, games, and other links related to the video.  Not all of these links are accessible without logging into an account, but some are; so look around at what you can view until I can get you better access.


LearnZillion is a website that combines videos, assessments, and progress reporting.  It breaks difficult concepts down making them easier for everyone to understand.  You can watch videos on this website and then complete related assignments.  You can also view the grades for completed assignments to see your progress.  The site allows students to view other videos and work that is not assigned to help them better understand the material.  All of the material is correlated to common core standards.  Students can sign in using an enrollment code to access specific assignments posted or just browse the website.

To view an example visit:


and type in LZ176 as the quick code in the search bar


In last week’s blog I briefly mentioned the PARCC.  I just wanted to go a little more into the PARCC  and what exactly it is.  “The Partnership for Assessment of Readiness for College and Careers (PARCC) is a group of states working together to develop a set of assessments that measure whether students are on track to be successful in college and their careers,” as stated on their website (  The PARCC assessments are aligned with the Common Core State Standards (CCSS) and were made to ensure students are on track for college and careers (as mentioned in the title) by checking their progress in the tests.  The PARCC is different than other tests in that it has students demonstrate their critical thinking, problem-solving and writing skills rather than simply filling in the bubble for a correct answer.

This is a great place to find more information on PARCC that is specifically for parents:

This is a great place to learn more about the PARCC specifically in New Jersey:


Socrative is a cloud-based student response system developed in 2010 by Boston-based graduate school students.  This tool allows teachers to create simple quizzes that students can take quickly on laptops, tablets, or smartphones.  It is a full-featured application that offers an easy and friendly experience to teachers to engage and assess their students; Socrative can be used on Android and iOS devices.  Through the use of real time questioning, instant result aggregation and visualization, teachers can gauge the whole class’ current level of understanding.

We will be using this tool for reviews and to take some of our tests and quizzes.  This will help us prepare for the PARCC (the computer-based test in March).

To learn more about Socrative visit:    

To learn more about the PARCC visit:

Khan Academy

Khan Academy is a great tool that can help the students learn outside of the classroom.  What is Khan Academy you ask?  Khan Academy is a non-profit educational organization created in 2006 by educator Salman Khan to provide “a free, world-class education for anyone, anywhere.” The organization produced short YouTube video lectures.  Students can also answer questions to check their understanding.  The videos can be used to reinforce what was taught in the classroom or keep your children up to date if they miss school for any reason.  What is really amazing is that Khan Academy is aligned with the Common Core making it easy to find the proper videos.

“While the standards may be common, we know that students are not — they each have their own learning journey. This is why we are committed to personalized learning that lets students practice what they most need help on, at their own pace, at absolutely no cost.”  – Sal Khan

For more information about how Khan Academy aligns with the Common Core please visit:

To view the eighth grade math portion of Khan Academy visit:

Below is a sample video:

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Happy Pi Day!!!

Hello, I just wanted to wish everyone a Happy Pi Day!

“Pi Day is celebrated on March 14th (3/14) around the world. Pi (Greek letter “π”) is the symbol used in mathematics to represent a constant — the ratio of the circumference of a circle to its diameter — which is approximately 3.14159.

Pi has been calculated to over one trillion digits beyond its decimal point. As an irrational and transcendental number, it will continue infinitely without repetition or pattern. While only a handful of digits are needed for typical calculations, Pi’s infinite nature makes it a fun challenge to memorize, and to computationally calculate more and more digits” (

This year is particularly special Pi Day.  As mentioned above, pi is approximately equal to 3.141592653.  This year is 2015 making the date an even more exact pi than other years, 3/14/15 9:26:53.  So at 9:26 and 53 seconds, there will be an exact match for pi’s first 10 digits.  People are calling this day the “Pi Day of the Century” since it will not happen again until the year 2115.  Some are even preparing to eat pie at both 9:26:53 a.m. and 9:26:53 p.m. to celebrate this occasion due to the homophone.

To learn more about Pi please visit: