Have you been wondering how to incorporate the Common Core Standards into your classroom? Are you worried that it is “one more thing” you have to cram into your already busy schedule? Well, I am happy to share with you a simple, yet effective way to make sure you are addressing Common Core objectives. I created Daily Common Core & More. Each month provides review and practice in the areas of math, reading, and language arts.
I designed the program around a 5 day rotation of skills.
Each page is identified with a letter of the alphabet. This way, no matter what day of the week the month starts on, you can go through the pages sequentially. There are 20 pages of math and language art skills for the month. Each skill has the CCSS identification number for easy reference.
Flexibility has been built into this program too. You can also decide to concentrate on a certain set of skills for an entire week. If you look at the top of the sheets, you will notice a different creature for letters A,B, C, D, & E. Pages with the same creature will have the same focus skills applied with different questions.
For example, all pages with a caterpillar have the children practicing multiple meanings. If you use the letter sequence, the students would practice multiple meanings every 5 days. Using the creature code, you could have intensive practice for 4 days and use a Writing Prompt or Making Words activity to complete the week.
It’s all up to you and what your students need.
Here is a sample of one page. Notice for language arts the skills are multiple meanings and using apostrophes. The math skills are measurement and money. These specific skills will also be reviewed 3 more times in a month using different questions.
For some variety, I also included an informational text to read and write about. In the Back to School packet, the focus is on popular children’s authors such as Tomie dePaola and Steven Kellogg. April’s focus is popular in ventions of the 20th century. Here is the one about the invention of Popsicles®. There is also an article about LEGOS®, Coca-Cola®, and the invention of potato chips.
This is perfect for Morning Work, quick assessments for progress monitoring and planning, meaningful practice for those awkward 10-15 minute spaces in your schedule, or homeschooling parents of 7-8 year olds.
If you would like to try one week’s worth of Common Core & More for 2nd grade, click here.
To purchase the complete year for 2nd grade click the picture.
Also there is a First Grade edition of Morning Work. Click on this picture to learn more.