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CC Tasks: Aussie Fir Tree (HS Algebra)
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Task Description: This task asks students to recognize geometric patterns, visualize and extend the pattern, generate a non-linear sequence, develop and algebraic generalization that models the growth of a quadratic function and verify the inverse relationship of the quadratic relationship. The Aussie Fir Tree task is a culminating task for a 2-3 week unit on algebra that uses the investigation of growing patterns as a vehicle to teach students to visualize, identify and describe real world mathematical relationships. Students who demonstrate mastery of the unit are able to solve the Aussie Fir Tree task in one class period.

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Algebra
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CC Tasks: Books on Shelves (Grade K)
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Task Description: Students are asked to demonstrate the different possible combinations when placing 6 books on 2 shelves. Books on Shelves is the culminating task in a multi-week unit focused on operations and algebraic thinking. Students demonstrate mastery by completing the Books on Shelves task in one class period.

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CC Tasks: Can Animals Think?
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This unit uses the topic of animal cognition to teach the students to analyze informational texts and to understand the author's point of view. Students demonstrate their mastery of content and ability to synthesize information by writing an informative/explanatory text.

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Arts and Humanities
Reading Informational Text
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New York City Department of Education
CC Tasks: Can Animals Think? (Grade 6)
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Task Description: This task is embedded in a 3-4 week unit that uses the topic of animal cognition as a means to teach students how to analyze and navigate informational texts, as well as study the purposeful decisions an author makes to best convey his/her point of view in writing. This unit contains a series of 3 tasks that build in complexity. This task asks students to read an informational text and write an essay in which they use textual evidence to explain how the author develops his/her point of view on the question, "Can animals think?" Responses must adhere to standard English grammar and usage convention, focusing on standard capitalization.

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Arts and Humanities
Reading Informational Text
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CC Tasks: Carol's Numbers (Grade 2)
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Task Description: The mathematics of the task involves understanding the meaning of base ten and using that understanding to compare the magnitude of numbers. The number line is used as a tool to help articulate understanding of base ten. The mathematics of the unit involves understanding the meaning of base ten and using that understanding to solve number and real life problems. The number line is used as a tool to help articulate understanding of base ten and to solve problems using addition and subtraction of numbers less than one hundred. The focus is on the big idea of going around groups of ten. Strategies will involve applying number properties including distributive, associative, and commutative.

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CC Tasks: Company Logo (HS Geometry)
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Task Description: This task asks students to visualize geometric shapes, identify plane figures and their attributes, prove triangles are congruent, determine the area of quadrilaterals, make geometric conjectures and justify geometric arguments. This 3-4 week unit uses an investigation of rigid motions and geometric theorems to teach students how to verify congruence of plane figures and use the implications of congruence to solve problems and create proofs about geometric relationships. Students will demonstrate mastery of the content by making sense of the Company Logo Performance Task and persevering in solving the task.

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Geometry
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New York City Department of Education
CC Tasks: Cookie Dough (Grade 3)
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Task Description: The tasks in the unit access the full range of Depth of Knowledge, including Recalling and Recognizing, Using Procedures, Explaining, Concluding and Making Connections, Extensions and Justifying. This packet contains a curriculum-embedded CCLS aligned task and instructional supports. The task is embedded in a 4-5 week unit on interpreting and linking representations, modeling situations, solving non-routine problems and justifying arguments of multiplication and division.

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CC Tasks: Economics and the Environment (Grade 8)
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This bundle includes guidance for implementing a 4-6 week unit on the connection between economics and the
environment. The instructional supports contain scaffolds for students as they work to meet the standards. The scaffolds should be
used strategically, based on the needs of students, and removed gradually, and then completely, in order to assess independent
mastery of the standards. The unit introduces informational writing to students and is useful for the start of the school year. Texts
used throughout the unit are of similar complexity and are at the lower end of the grade 6-8 range. If the suggested scaffolds are
used throughout the unit, an additional final task would be required in order to effectively assess independent mastery of the
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English Language Arts
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New York City Department of Education
CC Tasks: Expressions and Equations (Grade 8)
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This unit builds directly from prior work on proportional reasoning in 6th and 7th grades, and extends the ideas more formally into the realm of algebra. Task Description: This sequence of tasks ask students to demonstrate and effectively communicate their mathematical understanding of ratios and proportional relationships, with a focus on expressions and equations. Their strategies and executions should meet the content, thinking processes and qualitative demands of the tasks.

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Ratios and Proportions
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CC Tasks: Farmer Fred (Grade 4)
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Task Description: Students use fractional parts of a whole, properties of shapes, congruency, and computation using fractions and money to determine the fair value and total worth of eight fields. This approximately 4-week unit centers around understanding fractional parts of a whole and using fractions and mixed numbers to solve problems.

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CC Tasks: Garden Helpers (Grade K)
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Task Description: This task asks students to write an information/explanatory report demonstrating what they learned from an informational text. Students will demonstrate their understanding of the main idea of the text - not all bugs are bad - by retelling key details. This task is embedded in a unit that introduces students to informational texts as sources of information, or ŇteachersÓ that we can learn from. After spending time exploring nonfiction texts, through read alouds as well as collaborative and independent research, students will demonstrate their understanding by writing a book about what theyŐve learned from a nonfiction read aloud. The unit length is approximately 3 weeks, depending on studentsŐ incoming familiarity with nonfiction, and can be extended with enrichment activities.

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Arts and Humanities
Reading Informational Text
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CC Tasks: How Many Little Seeds? (Grade PK)
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Task Description: Students explore the concept of addition and subtraction combining and dividing seeds in a pot. Students pretend to be busy gardeners, adding seeds to the pot to plant and grow, or hungry birds, swooping down from high above to subtract seeds from the pot to eat. Students will explore plants, including their attributes and growth cycle, over the course of one month or longer. This interdisciplinary unit on plants consists of 4 sequence learning plans. Each activity or learning plan works best with a small group of 4-5 students, in centers, over the course of one week. Duration of student engagement in tasks will vary, but the recommendation for each activity is 20 minutes or less. This Common Core-aligned task for mathematics is to be used in correlation with the Common Core-aligned task for literacy, Plants Are All Around Us.

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Biology
Botany
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CC Tasks: Investigating Sharks (Grade 3)
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Task Description: This task asks students to write an opinion on an informational text reading. Students must be able to use reasons and facts to support their opinions based on information provided in the informational text. This 2-3 week unit extends student understanding of informational texts, through having students use these texts as the basis for their writing.

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Arts and Humanities
Reading Informational Text
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CC Tasks: John Muir - Conservationist on the Quarter (Grade 4)
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Task Description: Students write an essay using key details from the text to explain why John Muir devoted his life to conservation efforts and describe the effect that his work had on preserving the beauty of nature. This task is embedded in a 2-3 week unit that uses the topic of human impact on environment as a means to teach students how to analyze and navigate informational texts. Students will write an essay at the end of the unit demonstrating their mastery of the content and their ability to make inferences within a specific text.

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Arts and Humanities
Literature
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New York City Department of Education
CC Tasks: John Muir - Supports for ELL (Grade 4)
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This packet contains pre-reading, pre-teaching vocabulary and background knowledge supports for English Language Learners for the John Muir: Conservationist on the Quarter task.

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Arts and Humanities
Language Education (ESL)
Reading Informational Text
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New York City Department of Education
CC Tasks: My Report About Frogs (Grade 1)
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Common Core Task Description: This task asks students to write an informative text and use information/facts to write a report about what was learned. This 3-4 week unit leads students in an exploration of informational texts. Read alouds and structured conversations are used to guide students in the process of using an informational text as a learning tool (i.e., gathering facts from what an author has written). Students then use what they have learned from a mentor text to create their own teaching text. Extensions for continued learning around frogs are included.

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Arts and Humanities
Reading Informational Text
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New York City Department of Education
CC Tasks: Nina's Numbers (Grade 1)
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Task Description: This task allows students to demonstrate their understanding of place value. Throughout the task they are required to use operations to solve problems, understand and apply properties of numbers, and compose and decompose numbers in flexible ways. This packet contains a curriculum-embedded CCLS aligned task and instructional supports. The task is embedded in a 2-3 week unit on Number and Operations in Base 10. The mathematics of the unit involves understanding the meaning of base ten and using that understanding to solve number and real life problems. Students will use a variety of tools to help articulate understanding of base ten and to solve problems using addition and subtraction of numbers less than 10, less than 20 and on to less than 100.

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CC Tasks: Omnivore's Dilemma (Grade 7)
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Task Description: This unit uses the topic of food choice as a means to teach students how to analyze and navigate informational texts. This 2-3 week unit contains a series of three tasks that build in complexity. This culminating task asks students to use textual evidence to write an essay analyzing how the author organized and developed his argument regarding the omnivoreŐs dilemma in his chapter, ŇThe OmnivoreŐs DilemmaÓ from Michael PollanŐs The OmnivoreŐs Dilemma (Young ReaderŐs Edition)

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Arts and Humanities
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New York City Department of Education
CC Tasks: On Behalf of Others (Grades 11-12)
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Task Description: This task asks students to write an essay in which they present and defend their beliefs about doing work "on behalf of others" based on the texts they have explored throughout the unit. This packet contains a curriculum-embedded CCLS aligned task and instructional supports. The task is embedded in a 2-3 week unit on documentary work that focuses on creating records or accounts of events, people, and places that might otherwise go unnoticed.

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Arts and Humanities
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New York City Department of Education
CC Tasks: Plants Are All Around Us! (Grade PK)
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Task Description: Students observe plants in their neighborhood and classroom and discover how books provide factual information about real life things, like plants. Students will explore plants, including their attributes and growth cycle, over the course of one month or longer. This interdisciplinary unit on plants consists of 4 sequences learning plans. Each activity or learning plan works best with a small group of 4-5 students over the course of one week. Duration of student engagement in tasks will vary, but the recommendation is of each activity is 20 minutes or less. This Common Core-aligned literacy task is to be used in correlation with the curriculum embedded common core aligned task for mathematics, How Many Little Seeds?

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Arts and Humanities
Biology
Botany
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New York City Department of Education
CC Tasks: Proportional Reasoning (Grade 7)
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Task Description: This task is embedded in a 3-4 week unit that focuses on identifying and using unit rates. It also develops students understanding of proportional relationships represented in equations and graphs. Students use proportional relationships to solve multi-step ratio and percent problemsThis task consists of five extended-response questions related to proportional reasoning. The short response and extended-response questions require students to write an appropriate response.

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Ratios and Proportions
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CC Tasks: Ratio and Proportional Relationships (Grade 6)
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Task Description: This 4-5 week unit focuses on developing an understanding of ratio concepts and using ratio reasoning to solve problems. This sequence of tasks asks students to demonstrate and effectively communicate their mathematical understanding of ratios and proportional relationships. Their strategies and executions should meet the content, thinking processes and qualitative demands of the tasks.

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Ratios and Proportions
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CC Tasks: Stuffed with Pizza (Grade 5)
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Task Description: In this unit students will develop and expand the concept of rational numbers by using several interpretations and different types of physical models. Students use fractional parts of a whole, addition and subtraction of fractions, and comparison, to determine if two boys eat the same amount or a different amount of pizza pieces.

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CC Tasks:  TCRWP Nonfiction Reading & Ar
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This packet contains two units designed to support students towards proficiency in reading, analyzing nonfiction texts and analyzing information across multiple texts. Students write argument essays on the topic of high school sports programming, basing their arguments on research.

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Arts and Humanities
Reading Informational Text
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New York City Department of Education
CC Tasks: TCRWP Nonfiction Reading & Informational Writing (Grade 2)
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Task Description: Students will ask and answer such questions as who, what, where, and how, to demonstrate understanding of key details in a text. Students will also write informative texts. This packet contains two units designed to support studentsŐ journey towards proficiency in writing and reading of informational texts about a subject which they have studied. The task included in the units asks each student to write an informational text about a subject on which he or she has already developed expertise (but continues to research and read about more in preparation for this writing).

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Arts and Humanities
Reading Informational Text
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New York City Department of Education
CC Tasks: TCRWP Nonfiction Reading and Argument Writing (Grade 8)
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Task Description: Students will write an objective summary of a text, analyzing a central idea of that text and its supporting ideas and information. Students will also write argument pieces, taking a stance on the topic of sports programming in high school, supporting their claims with clear reasons and information derived from the video and print informational texts provided. This packet contains two units designed to support students' journeys towards proficiency in reading and analyzing nonfiction texts, analyzing information across multiple texts, and writing argument essays based on their research. The task included asks each student to read and watch several nonfiction texts that give information about an issue, to take a stance on that issue, and defend that stance in an argument essay, drawing on the provided texts for support.

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Arts and Humanities
Reading Informational Text
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New York City Department of Education
CC Tasks: TCRWP Nonfiction Reading and O
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This packet contains two units designed to support students towards proficiency in reading and analyzing nonfiction texts, integrating information across multiple texts, and writing argument essays based on their research.

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Arts and Humanities
Reading Informational Text
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CC Tasks: TCRWP Nonfiction Reading and Opinion/Argument Writing (Grade 5)
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Task Description: This is embedded within two units designed to support studentsŐ journeys towards proficiency in reading and analyzing nonfiction texts, integrating information across multiple texts, and writing argument essays based on their research. The task included asks each student to read and watch several nonfiction texts that give information about an issue and to take a side on that issue in the form of an argument essay, drawing on the provided texts for support. Students will write summaries of the main ideas and key details of texts they have read. Students will also write opinion pieces on the topic presented, supporting their point of view with reasons and information derived from the texts provided.

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Arts and Humanities
Reading Informational Text
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New York City Department of Education
CC Tasks: The Cycle Shop (HS Algebra)
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Task Description: The tasks in the unit access the full range of Depth of Knowledge including Recalling and Recognizing, Using Procedures, Explaining and Concluding and Making Connections, Extensions. This packet contains a curriculum-embedded CCLS aligned task and instructional supports. The task is embedded in a 4-5 week unit on Reasoning with Equations and Inequalities.

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Algebra
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New York City Department of Education
CC Tasks: The Power of New Media (Grades 9-10)
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Task Description: This task asks students to write an argumentative essay in which they state and defend a position on the effects of media use on young people, using evidence and reasoning from texts and other sources The Power of New Media is the culminating task in a 2-3 week unit that uses the topic of new media and its impact on youth to and on the world as a means to teach students how to analyze and investigate informational texts. Students demonstrate their mastery of the content and their ability to synthesize informational across texts by writing an essay on the effects of media use on young people.

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Arts and Humanities
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Assessment
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New York City Department of Education
Grade 9-10 English Language Arts: Speeches - Argument and Methods
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This unit requires students to read four speeches for the purpose of teaching argument. In the final task, students must analyze the claims in all four speeches to support their own argument as to which speech makes the strongest argument for promoting racial equality. Prior to the final assessment, students complete two formative reading tasks that build in complexity and are sequenced to scaffold student learning for the culminating assessment when students write their argumentative essay.

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Arts and Humanities
Material Type:
Reading
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New York City Department of Education
Grade K Literacy: Garden Helpers
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This task asks students to write an informative/explanatory report demonstrating what they have learned from an informational text. Students will demonstrate their understanding of the main idea of the text "not all bugs are bad" by retelling key details.

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Arts and Humanities
Reading Informational Text
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Activity/Lab
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New York City Department of Education
NYC 8th Grade Expressions and Equations
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The task and instructional supports in the following pages are designed to help educators understand and implement tasks that are embedded in Common Core-aligned curricula. While the focus for the 2011-2012 Instructional Expectations is on engaging students in Common Core-aligned culminating tasks, it is imperative that the tasks are embedded in units of study that are also aligned to the new standards. Rather than asking teachers to introduce a task into the semester without context, this work is intended to encourage analysis of student and teacher work to understand what alignment looks like. We have learned through this year‰ŰŞs Common Core pilots that beginning with rigorous assessments drives significant shifts in curriculum and pedagogy. Universal Design for Learning (UDL) support is included to ensure multiple entry points for all learners, including students with disabilities and English language learners.

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Algebra
Ratios and Proportions
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Assessment
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New York City Department of Education
OER Commons
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Common Core Reference Collection