Sunday, May 20, 2012

Common Core Freaking You Out? Resources

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:
Click on the picture to get your copy.
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 fine 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?


27 comments:

  1. We implemented common core this year with our kindergarten and it has worked so well!! It has allowed us to stop using our pre-packaged curriculum (which none of us loved) and go back to teaching thematically. I am interested to see how others view the levels of support we are supposed to give in kindergarten, since so many of the ELA standards begin with," With prompting and support..."
    Vickie

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    1. I love this Vickie! I have been using the CC this year too to some extent, but now our whole grade is climbing on board... exciting!

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  2. We've implemented the CCSS LA this year and CCSS Math this upcoming year! I'm liking it so far and my district website has really helped. I am going to go buy this book your recommended, though! :)
    Here's the link to me Common Core and You posts:
    http://whattheteacherwants.blogspot.com/search/label/Common%20Core

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    1. Thanks Rachelle, I added your link to my post :-)

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  3. Our district will adopt CCSS this next school year but I have been using it this year and it has been wonderful. It may seem scary at first but I LOVE it. I think I make
    my co-workers sick to their stomachs because of my love for CCSS. There's also an app for it. Our principal is requiring us to curriculum map based on CCSS and I wouldnt mind sharing with your our curriculum map for the first two weeks. I also retype the standards for me to easily input in my lesson book since we are required to state the standards we are working on. Good luck!

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    1. I'm like you... I started using it this year but mostly with math. I would love to see what you came up with. If you post it on your blog, I can add a link to this post. Or you can email it to me and I can give you credit. owens65066@gmail.com

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    2. We only did the curriculum map for ELA. Here's a link to my post where you can get a copy of my curriculum maps.

      http://missnguyensclass.blogspot.com/2012/05/first-week-curriculum-map-for.html

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    3. Thank you!!! I just edited my post and included your link!!!! Woo hoo!

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  4. We went to CCSS this year & did a TON of staff development on everything common core...it has actually been a relatively painless transition. I didn't throw too many teacher tantrums HA! I actually like it WAAAYYYY more than the NC standard course of study...way more teacher friendly!!
    ~Jen

    Jen's Kinder Kids
    Please come & visit!

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    1. Yay!!!! I am glad to hear that. I really dove into the math more this year, so I am glad to have something to go to for English Language. I think teacher tantrums are WAY worse than kid tantrums...LOL!

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  5. We are also working on thematic units as a way to cover our CC. This will be done by county instead of by class or school! I was wondering about the book study on writing that you had mentioned earlier.. our principal has ordered books for each K teacher and I was just wondering about the schedule. We have two more days of school and then packing up and furlough days.

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    1. Hi Jammie! The book study... In Pictures and in Words... I will be launching that in mid-June. The beauty of a blog book study is the information will be waiting for you when you are ready. I hope that helps.

      I have to finish packing my classroom tomorrow... AHHH!

      I hope that answers your questions!

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  6. Thanks for sharing all of these helpful CCSS resources! My school is in the very early stages of implementing them & it's still a bit overwhelming for us. I teach 1st grade & it will be our first time implementing them next year. My team met as a PLC and came up with CCSS supported lessons for next year. I'm going to look into the books you recommended, as well. :)
    Lisa
    Learning Is Something to Treasure

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  7. Where can we follow Lucy Calkins' reading & writing? I'd like to download the books but can't locate the website. Thanks!

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    1. Hi there... You can just click on the image and it should link you directly to Heinemann. Email me if you can't find it and I will send the link directly to you :-)

      owens65066@gmail.com

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  8. You're telling me that book has premade pacing guides in it?! If so I have to go buy it. We had to create our own this year and it was a hott mess! No one agreed on anything and it was a huge fail!
    Blessings,

    Jessica Stanford
    Mrs. Stanford's Class Blog is Having a Giveaway!
    My TpT Store

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    1. Jessica... It has a pacing guide for Reading Foundations... So it shows you what each one looks like for each unit. Example: Reading Objectives for Print Concepts (unit or level one): Identify and track single-syllable printed words in short sentences. Identify examples of word,sentence, and letter on a printed page. Match letters to templates; match manipulative upper-and lowercase letters; and point to letters that the teacher names.

      Then the next 6 weeks expands on this idea.

      I hope that makes sense. It is not a day-by-day or even week-by-week pacing guide... But I love it!!!

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  9. Just from what I can see from the Amazon preview, I think I am going to LOVE that book! We are gearing up for Common Core implementation next year in K-2. I'm on our school's launch team for the math standards so I have been living and breathing these standards for the last two months and I am EXCITED. The response so far at our school has been...mixed...but I am so glad to be starting this transition. Like Vicki said, it seems as though these new standards are going to lend themselves much more to teaching thematically and really give teachers the freedom to pull from various resources in order to really dive into the standards. All that being said, my whole CCSS world has been math so far so I AM feeling a bit overwhelmed by the ELA...

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    1. AMEN! I was feeling the same way. I had always felt really confident with ELA because of my back ground as a literacy coach. This last year I have been up to my eyebrows in math. So this document is outstanding and just what I need. Love it!... so far!

      I love the flexibility too!!!

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  10. If only they had this for math! I am freaking out about our math curriculum mapping right now!!

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    1. I know... from what I hear, there is one in the works... I will let you know if I hear about a release date!

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  11. Here is another great resource.

    http://www.amazon.com/dp/0325043558/ref=rdr_ext_tmb

    It's by Lucy Calkins

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  12. The sad thing is, the "Common Core" book was a free curriculum map on the common core website at the beginning of the school year and now you have to pay for it. I didn't even realize it had been turned into a book.

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    1. I know! I am such a nerd... I bought access to the web site... then decided I wanted the book too! They should have programs for people like me!

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  13. Deedee, I am addicted to your blog! I will begin my first year teaching this year and your blog is an amazing resource!! Thanks for sharing so much wonderful information :) :)

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  14. Shaking my head acknowledging the comments about teacher tantrums: as the newest (this will be my sixth year in the district, but 18th teaching kindergarten) member of the kindergarten team at my school, I'm the odd man out when changes occur. Recognizing the shift to the Core over the past two years, I was eager to find a resource like the curriculum maps. Our district gave us the mandate the last week of school and gave us the maps for summer preparation. I've been pinning like crazy, and already know which materials I've accumulated and used in the past will work perfectly after I rearrange them a bit. The downer: my other three colleagues told our curriculum specialist that while they would teach to the Core, they would not adopt the new maps or suggested activities and materials. Something tells me I'll be visiting your blog regularly- thank you for all that you share!

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