So when you start to hear about Common Core, do you feel the need to breathe into a sack? Next year our district (and state) are implementing CCSS (although… because we are Missouri… they want to call it something else… what.everrrr).
As a district, we needed to look at our units of study and change them. Boy HOWDY this really caused some anxiety.
Then I recalled one of my sweet followers mentioned the Common Core Curriculum Maps last January. I quickly Googled it and presto, change-o… I found this.
I love this book (under $20 at Amazon). Whenever I would look at the new CCSS, I would ask myself, “Yes, but what does that look like? How much ‘support’ are we talking about here?” This book gives you sample activities and pacing guides… L!O!V!E!
The other thing I really like about this book is it breaks the year into 6-six week units. Additionally, it lists scaffolded activities that build upon each other. And… there is more… Wait for it… Wait for it…
The units also give suggestions on ways to incorporate content into language arts… cue the angels to sing.
Now, I may not agree with each unit or everything within these units, but if you are having trouble envisioning CCSS, this might be a helpful resource.
I am in the process of packing up my classroom for the summer. I VOWED I would do it in an organized way. Therefore, I made labels to go on my bins. My plan is to shuffle some of my content area to match the curriculum map.
Here are the FREE labels:
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Wait there is more (do I sound like the Sham-wow guy)!
If you follow Lucy Calkins’s Reader’s and Writers Workshop, you can get these e-books. You can find them on Heinemann’s Website...or just click on the image.
Update #1: Rachelle from What the Teacher Wants has blogged about this subject and she has some won.der.ful links to additional resources.
Update #2: Miss Nguyen’s Class has a curriculum map that you may want to check out too.
One last thing… I added this to my store… It will be on sale for 15% off for the next 48 hours… so just $1.70!
Ok… that’s it… everything I know!
How are you preparing for the CCSS?