CCSS Transition Think Tank

Welcome to the Think Tank related to demonstrating proficiency within the Common Core State Standards for English Language Arts (ELA) and Mathematics (Math) through transition-focused activities. We would like your input! Below are two tables of examples of activities that are focused on transition-related skills (e.g., self-advocacy, self-management, knowledge of career options, job-specific skills) connected to specific ELA and Math standards from the Common Core State Standards.

What to do:

  • Click on the table to view it and consider additional ideas.
  • Provide suggestions for more examples by completing the information in the boxes below.
  • Please be sure to fill in all of the boxes, so that we may include your idea. Your e-mail address will not be made public.
  • We will have content experts review the submissions and update the examples at least monthly.
  • We will send out a notification to those who’ve engaged in the Think Tank at least monthly (no more than weekly) regarding these updates.
  • Continue to visit this section of our website for future updates – including possible lesson plan ideas – generated by the “think tank” – We’ll provide a format and criteria for those soon.

E-mail if you have any problems viewing the tables or submitting your ideas.


Thank you.


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Transition Skills and CCSS in ELA
Transition Skills and CCSS in Mathematics


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Baltimore County Public Schools
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Visualize relationships between two-dimensional and three-dimensional objects.
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Students can assemble products or create a display using pictorial directions (2-D.) They will compare the 3-D outcome with the original drawings and adjust accordingly. This skill will transfer into many entry level jobs where employees will have to follow diagrams and complete assembly tasks independently.

Also - Students can analyze a school map in order to connect 2-D shapes with real spaces (rooms, corridors, doors, etc.)
Students can match pictures of shapes to real life examples in the classroom (rectangle = door, square = rug, etc.)

From NSTTAC: Thank you for these activities. We'll submit to our math content experts and add these to the table!

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