Activity Directions: Understanding Content Area Changes


Build understanding of the changes within the academic standards and benchmarks of a specific content area.


1 hour 


1. Print copies of the handouts for each content area.

2. Gather any helpful curriculum materials.

Content Area

Handout #1

Handout #2


English Language Arts

Changes in ELA


Physical Education

Changes in Phy Ed


Changes in Science

Social Studies

Changes in Social Studies


1. Once content area(s) are selected for review by participants, distribute two content-specific handouts: (1) Changes in Teaching and Learning and (2)  Processing the Changes 

2. Allow 10 – 15 minutes of independent work time for participants to read and consider what each change means and the perceived challenges and opportunities presented by each. Their thoughts should be recorded on the Processing the Changes handout.

3. The facilitator(s) will then lead a 10-15 minute discussion to share and record collective opportunities and challenges.  The discussion can be done in large or small group settings.