Sunday, May 19, 2013

Wrapping Up Your Year with the Common Core - and a Gift!

Hi, Teaching Friends!

So, how has it gone for you this year with the Common Core? It is tough making big changes. I'll be the first to confess that even creating resources within the confines and definitions of  the standards has been a rough learning curve for me. But more and more I'm realizing that most of what the standards call for is the best of what we've been doing all along  - sometimes with a new name and a hard-to-locate number, but the same basic instruction. Like everything else in education (and in life), there are bound to be more changes over time, some for the good and hopefully not too many for the not-so-good.  But right now, these are our marching orders.

How have your students done with the standards? Do you see them making new connections in their learning now that the objectives are being stated more clearly? Do you think that the standards are effecting their level of achievement? Just wondering aloud... in print... :)

I just posted a new resource to help you end the school year with some Common Core literacy review, with which you'll hopefully also be able to do some informal observational assessment.

There are seven games and literacy center activities included, which address vowel patterns, digraphs, high frequency words, fiction/non-fiction, main idea, inference, capitalization, and punctuation - really the bulk of the ELA standards for first grade.

See it here at my Teachers Pay Teachers store.

As a thank you, I'd like to offer a gift to anyone who purchases this item today, May 19th. If you'll leave your TPT user name and email in a comment here, I'd be pleased to send you at no charge your choice of any item of equal or lesser price from my TPT collection.

Happy Teaching!


  1. I purchased! I would LOVE Building sentences (Fall)...THANK YOU! wendy

  2. Your literacy centers are so beautiful and really make me wish I was teaching literacy! Have a great summer:)

    The Math Maniac

    1. What a sweet thing to say, Tara! By the way, I was visiting your blog, and you have so many interesting posts across the grades!
      Keep watching for more math freebies coming up soon ... I promise! :)
      I hope your summer will be fun and relaxing, too.


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