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Adding Money

This CCRS Level C Math Lesson Plan focuses on helping students add decimals using concrete models.

Smart Consuming

This CCRS Levels C & D Math Lesson Plan focuses on helping students learn tips and tricks for better managing money.

Scientific Method

This CCRS Level D Math Lesson/Unit Plan focuses on students using their Scientific Method skills and graphing abilities in their future careers as they work to problem solve situations.

Our School Garden

This project-based unit of instruction leads students through a process of writing, filming, editing, and showcasing their own videos about a community garden they have tended all summer.

Memory Quilt Project

After learning about the history of quilts, students create their own family trees, discuss how stories and traditions are passed down in their cultures, write about a significant person or event they want to memorialize, and finally create related memory squares that are made into a quilt.

Economics and Budget Creation

In this unit, students explore concepts and vocabulary that are important to the study of economics, think critically about wants versus needs, and engage in exercises to help them prioritize spending and make financial decisions. Students also begin to learn about credit and how credit scores are determined.

Contextualized Food Manager Certificate Unit

This contextualized curriculum is designed for students to learn content to obtain the state-issued food safety manager certificate. The course focuses on the areas of basic food safety, personal hygiene, cross-contamination & allergens, time and temperature, and cleaning and sanitation.

Academic Debate Unit

This project-based academic debate unit ends with a service field trip. Over several weeks, students effectively develop and refute arguments; analyze controversial issues; evaluate evidence; and recognize opportunities for leadership.

Making Sense of Decoding and Spelling

30 scripted lesson plans and related materials for teaching intermediate-level adult students how to accurately decode and spell multi-syllable words. It begins by reviewing short vowel syllables, continues with the most common and useful spelling patterns of English, and always applies taught skills to repeated readings of short passages.

Achieve the Core – ELA Standards

The site describes itself as "full of free content designed to help educators understand and implement the Common Core and other college and career ready standards." Resources include CCRS-aligned lessons, activities, assessments and more, but also materials to support educators in understanding the standards and the content.

CCRS in the ABE Classroom: Low Beginning ESL

This lesson focuses on CCR Standard Reading Anchor 1, Level A, Speaking and Listening Anchor 1 and 6, and Language Anchor 1. The learners: 1) Ask and answer questions about key details in a text, 2) Speak audibly, express thoughts clearly and succinctly, 3) Follow rules for discussions & responding to comments/questions in an exchange, and 4) Understand and use question words.

CCRS in the ABE Classroom: Intermediate ESL

This lesson focuses on CCR standard Reading Anchor 1, Level C. The learners: 1) Identify and highlight evidence that supports their answers to text-dependent inference questions as evidenced by their responses to the questions and highlighting marks in the text, and 2) Accurately quote or paraphrase specific evidence from the text as evidenced by small group and whole class discussions.

Generate & Analyze Patterns

This Low to High Intermediate ABE (CCRS Level B-C) Math Lesson/Unit Plan focuses on standard 4.OA.5, generate and analyze patterns.

Describing & Distinguishing Shapes

This beginning ESL Math Lesson/Unit Plan focuses on acquiring and using vocabulary to describe the attributes of shapes and groups of objects.

ELA Lesson/Unit Plan – A New Home

This beginning ESL ELA Lesson/Unit Plan and accompanying evaluation tools covers a lesson on housing.

ELA Lesson/Unit Plan – Newsela Article

This pre-GED ELA Lesson/Unit Plan and accompanying evaluation tools cover an analysis of a Newsela article.

ELA Lesson/Unit Plan – Revolutionary War

This GED ELA Lesson/Unit Plan and accompanying evaluation tools cover factors that led to the Revolutionary War.

ELA Lesson/Unit Plan – Writing an Email

This ESL 3/ABE 2 ELA Lesson/Unit Plan and accompanying evaluation tools covers writing an email message.

Representing Variability with Mean, Median, Mode, and Range

This resource gives students practice with calculating the mean, median, mode, and range from a frequency chart. It also requires students to use a frequency chart to describe a possible data set, given information on the mean, median, mode, and range.

Representing Data with Grouped Frequency Graphs and Box Plots

"This lesson unit is intended to help you assess how well students are able to interpret frequency graphs that use grouped data and their associated box plots. In particular this unit aims to identify and help students who have difficulty interpreting information from frequency graphs and box plots; such as minimum and maximum values, medians and quartiles."

New Resources

New Academic Word List (NAWL) Finder and Sorter offers a free electronic tool for finding, highlighting, and sorting academic words within texts. Their word source is the New Academic Word List or NAWL, a recent update of the Academic Word List or AWL. There is also the option of creating a simple, head word, or word family gapfill, where the found academic words become blanks in the text. 

Playing with Text Dependent Questions

Participants in this ELA Teacher Workout strengthen an existing set of text questions to more strongly align to one or more CCR Standards and create questions that inspire readers to engage with text and fellow students.

Supplying the Answer

Participants in this Math Teacher Workout consider how “devaluing the answer” leads to rich mathematical conversations and deeper learning for students as well as gain comfort with Mathematical Practice 3: Construct viable arguments and critique the reasoning of others.

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MN ABE YouTube Channel

The MN ABE YouTube Channel is a free online PD resource that you can use to explore teaching techniques and classroom ideas in action! Find out more in this MN ABE Connect newsletter article.

Upcoming ABE Events

November 13, 2019 10:00 am–11:00 am
Minnesota Literacy Council

Northstar Digital Literacy Assessment – 11/13/19

Northstar LMS: Let’s talk about the new learner management system (LMS), and how it can be used to support your learners. Learn More

November 14, 2019 6:00 pm–8:00 pm
Minnesota Literacy Council
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An Overview of Somali History, Culture and Language

Minnesota Literacy Council – main office
700 Raymond Ave., Ste. 180
Saint Paul, MN 55114 United States

Registration Deadline: THU. 11/14/19 The Somali Museum of Minnesota will bring their expert knowledge of Somali history, culture and language to you at an upcoming event at the Minnesota Literacy Council. Please join us for a presentation and discussion with Adan Dirie, Director of Public Programs at… Learn More

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Saint Paul, MN 55114 United States
November 19, 2019 8:30 am–3:30 pm
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Shoreview, 55126

Adult Basic Education (ABE) Fall Managers’ Workshop

North Metro Event Center
1000 Gramsie Road
Shoreview, 55126

Registration Deadline: TUE. 11/19/19 Registration is now open for the Fall ABE Managers’ Workshop. The expectation is that every Minnesota ABE consortium send at least one representative to this workshop. Registration and morning refreshments are from 8:30 a.m. to 9:00 a.m. Workshop begins promptly at 9:00 a.m. Learn More

North Metro Event Center
1000 Gramsie Road
Shoreview, 55126