The Digital Library

A collection of instructional and professional learning resources by educators for educators.

The Digital Library contains nearly 3,000 resources aligned to college- and career-ready standards to help educators improve teaching and learning. The library is collaborative and interactive, allowing users to rate materials and share their expertise with other educators in online forums. Educators can use the Digital Library to find:

  1. Instructional resources that include ideas, activities, and lessons that can be infused into classroom instruction,
  2. Collections of Instructional Resources—called Playlists—that represent a progression in skills or understanding for a topic, and
  3. Professional Learning resources that focus on topics for educator professional development.

Learn more from the Digital Library fact sheet.

The Digital Library provides resources that support educators with formative assessment: a deliberate process teachers use during instruction to gain actionable feedback so that they can adjust their teaching strategies to improve students’ attainment of curricular learning targets/goals.

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Using the Digital Library

Playlists: Time-Saving Tools for Teachers

A Playlist is a collection of resources in the Digital Library that address a progression in skills or understanding for a topic. They are created by carefully trained educators. There are three types of Playlists available to educators:

  • Instructional Playlists are collections of Digital Library instructional resources that center around content found on Smarter Balanced Interim Assessment Blocks (IABs).
  • Connections Playlists are a type of Instructional Playlist that are built based on student performance on Interim Assessment Blocks (IABs). Digital Library resources are selected and organized based on the specific achievement categories for an IAB. More information about Connections playlists is available below.
  • Professional Learning Playlists are collections of resources in the Digital Library that focus on educator professional development.

Learn more about Playlists from this flier.

Connections Playlists

Created by expert educators in collaboration with Smarter Balanced, Digital Library Connections link student performance on IABs to resources in the Digital Library. Educators can use these connections to find relevant and useful instructional supports that are aligned to students’ needs. Read more in this Digital Library Connections Overview (PDF), or explore the following playlists.

Learn more about Connections available in your grade and subject:

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Grade 3 Mathematics

Topics include:

  • Number & Operations – Fractions
  • Number and Operations in Base Ten
  • Operations/Algebraic Thinking
  • Geometry
  • Mathematics Performance Task
  • Measurement and Data

Download a Sample: Number and Operations in Base Ten (DOCX)

Access Grade 3 Math Playlists in the Digital Library

Grade 4 Mathematics

Topics include:

  • Number & Operations – Fractions
  • Operations/Algebraic Thinking
  • Geometry
  • Mathematics Performance Task
  • Measurement and Data
  • Number and Operations in Base Ten

Access Grade 4 Math Playlists in the Digital Library

Grade 5 Mathematics

Topics include:

  • Measurement & Data
  • Number & Operations – Base 10
  • Geometry
  • Mathematics Performance Task
  • Operations and Algebraic Thinking
  • Fractions

Download a Sample: Fractions (DOCX)

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Grade 6 Mathematics

Topics include:

  • Ratios & Proportional Relationships
  • The Number System
  • Expressions and Equations
  • Mathematics Performance Task
  • Statistics and Probability
  • Geometry

Download a Sample: Geometry (DOCX)

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Grade 7 Mathematics

Topics include:

  • Expressions & Equations
  • Geometry
  • Mathematics Performance Task
  • Statistics and Probability
  • The Number System
  • Ratio and Proportional Relationships

Download a Sample: Ratio and Proportional Relationships (DOCX)

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Grade 8 Mathematics

Topics include:

  • Expressions & Equations I
  • Expressions & Equations II (with Prob/Stat)
  • Functions
  • Geometry
  • Mathematics Performance Task
  • Number System

Access Grade 8 Math Playlists in the Digital Library

High School Mathematics

Topics include:

  • Algebra/Functions I – Linear Functions, Equations, Inequalities
  • Algebra/Functions II – Quadratic Functions, Equations, Inequalities
  • Geometry and Right Triangle Trigonometry
  • Geometry Congruence
  • Geometry Measurement and Modeling
  • Interpreting and Building Functions
  • Mathematics Performance Task
  • Number and Quantity
  • Seeing Structure in Expressions/Polynomial
  • Statistics and Probability

Download a Sample: Statistics and Probability (DOCX)

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Grade 3 ELA/Literacy

Topics include:

  • Brief Writes
  • Read Informational Texts
  • Read Literary Texts
  • Revision
  • Editing
  • Language and Vocabulary Use
  • Listen/Interpret
  • Performance Task
  • Research

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Grade 4 ELA/Literacy

Topics include:

  • Read Informational Texts
  • Read Literary Texts
  • Editing
  • Language and Vocabulary Use
  • Listen/Interpret
  • Performance Task
  • Research
  • Revision
  • Brief Writes

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Grade 5 ELA/Literacy

Topics include:

  • Brief Writes
  • Read Informational Texts
  • Read Literary Texts
  • Editing
  • Language and Vocabulary Use
  • Listen/Interpret
  • Performance Task
  • Research
  • Revision

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Grade 6 ELA/Literacy

Topics include:

  • Brief Writes
  • Read Informational Texts
  • Read Literary Texts
  • Editing
  • Language and Vocabulary Use
  • Listen/Interpret
  • Performance Task
  • Research
  • Revision

Access Grade 6 ELA Playlists in the Digital Library

Grade 7 ELA/Literacy

Topics include:

  • Brief Writes
  • Read Informational Texts
  • Read Literary Text
  • Editing
  • Language and Vocabulary Use
  • Listen/Interpret
  • Performance Task
  • Research
  • Revision

Download a Sample: Read Literary Text (DOCX)

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Grade 8 ELA/Literacy

Topics include:

  • Brief Writes
  • Performance Task
  • Read Informational Texts
  • Read Literary Texts
  • Edit/Revise
  • Listen/Interpret
  • Research

Download a Sample: Research (DOCX)

Access Grade 8 ELA Playlists in the Digital Library

High School ELA/Literacy

Topics include:

  • Read Informational Texts
  • Read Literary Texts
  • Editing
  • Language and Vocabulary Use
  • Listen/Interpret
  • Performance Task
  • Research
  • Brief Writes
  • Revision

Download Samples:

Access High School ELA Playlists in the Digital Library