SOAR is all about Seeking Online Access to Resources. The SOAR Integrated Library System (ILS) provides a single interface for information and resource discovery.

With SOAR teachers and students can:

  • Locate physical and electronic books for free/personal reading by subject, reading level, and more;
  • Share lists of resources with teachers and students;
  • Recommend, annotate, or review books;
  • Read ebooks;
  • and more!

Many of these activities can be incorporated into lessons or recommended as extension activities in support of the Common Core Standards. This wiki page will share ideas for connecting SOAR activities and resources to the Common Core standards beginning with the Standards for English Language Arts & Literacy in History/Social Studies, Science, and Technical Subjects K–5.

(This is just the beginning! Check back for more ideas or email us to share your ideas!)


College and Career Readiness Anchor Standards for Reading (suggested SOAR alignments)

Key Ideas and details

1. Read closely to determine what the text says explicitly and to make logical inferences from it; cite specific textual evidence when writing or speaking to support conclusions drawn from the text.
SOAR alignment: use note-taking features in ebooks to flag textual evidence and annotate text with inferences and arguments.

2. Determine central ideas or themes of a text and analyze their development; summarize the key supporting details and ideas.
SOAR alignment: use note-taking feature in ebooks to flag ideas/themes and document thoughts and arguments; use review function to articulate and share textual analysis.

3. Analyze how and why individuals, events, and ideas develop and interact over the course of a text.
SOAR alignment: use note-taking feature in ebooks to flag ideas and track inferences about individuals, events, or ideas throughout the text; use review function to articulate and share textual analysis.

Craft and Structure -- activities

4. Interpret words and phrases as they are used in a text, including determining technical, connotative, and figurative meanings, and analyze how specific word choices shape meaning or tone.
SOAR alignment: use ebooks and dictionary function to identify challenging words and phrases, and determine meaning.

Research to Build and Present Knowledge

7. Conduct short as well as more sustained research projects based on focused questions, demonstrating understanding of the subject under investigation.
SOAR alignment: integrated searching of local print materials, ebooks, and databases to return a diverse result set; saved searches, list features, and bibliographic tools collectively support the research process.

8. Gather relevant information from multiple print and digital sources, assess the credibility and accuracy of each source, and integrate the information while avoiding plagiarism.
SOAR alignment: integrated searching of local print materials, ebooks, and databases to return a diverse result set; saved searches, list features, and bibliographic tools collectively support the research process.

9. Draw evidence from literary or informational texts to support analysis, reflection, and research.
SOAR alignment: use note-taking features in ebooks to flag textual evidence and annotate text with inferences and arguments.

Range of Reading and Level of Text Complexity

10. Read and comprehend complex literary and informational texts independently and proficiently.
SOAR alignment: search for resources at appropriate reading, grade, and/or interest level (Lexile level is included.)


Reading Standards for Literature K–5 (suggested SOAR activities)


Reading -- Craft and Structure -- 4

Kindergarten: Ask and answer questions about unknown words in a text. Activities


eBooks


SOAR offers many books to enhance your curriculum, across all grade levels and subjects. The eBooks listed below are examples of books that are available to you and your students through SOAR.

Kindergarten

Science

Weather
The Reasons for the Seasons by Gail Gibbons (Non-Fiction, Science)
Red Sings from Treetops: a Year in Colors by Joyce Sidman (Easy Fiction)
Old Bear by Kevin Henkes (Easy Fiction)

Fabric
Button Up! : Wrinkled Rhymes by Alice Schertle (Poetry)
The Emperor’s New Clothes by Hans Christen Anderson (E-Book, Fairy Tale)
Charley Needs a Cloak by Tomie de Paoula (Non-Fiction, Science)

Social Studies

Presidents’ Day by Lynn Pappas (E-book, Non-fiction, holidays)
John, Paul, George and Ben by Lane Smith (Easy Fiction)
Greek Warriors by Charlotte Guillain (Non-Fiction, History)

Math

Addition
What’s New at the Zoo? An Animal Adding Adventure by Suzanne Slade (E-book, also available in Spanish language)
How Many Snails?: A Counting Book by Paul Giganti (Non-Fiction)
Look Whoooo’s Counting by Suse MacDonald (Non-Fiction)

Patterns
A-B-A-B-A-A : A book of Pattern Play by Brian P. Cleary (E-book)
Pattern Fish by Trudy Harris (Non-Fiction)

Measuring
Measuring Penny by Loreen Leedy (Non-Fiction)