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Common Core Organizing Toolkits for K-5th Grade

July 10, 2016 1 Comment

Organizational TipTeaching with confidence includes effective organization of all the wonderful resources we’ve collected.

As teachers we are notorious for collecting ideas. It doesn’t take long for our files to be filled with potential learning activities. The problem is after all these years, it is hard to separate the good from the clutter.  I knew it was time to revamp my files and what better way than to design attractive labels that also correspond to the Common Core Standards!


Aren’t they cute? Those who know me, know I love adding graphics to my resources. However, these labels aren’t just cute, they are also very functional (something else near and dear to my heart). I made sure there was a matching label that explained which Common Core Standard matched that topic. That way, everything was at my fingertips.




I even color coded my files for different subject areas. Call me color obsessed!


One thing I realized while doing this project is that I already have many useful teaching resources for most Common Core Standards. All I had to do was move them to the new file folder. I also weeded out the papers I’ve never used and probably won’t.


I created labels for every Common Core Standard in 2nd grade! 200 in all! I used address labels that fit Avery 5260 templateAvery-label-pkg .




You’d think I’d quit there. But, no! I realized that I needed a way to know when and how I taught the Common Core Standard as well as which materials I used. So I came up with this:


I have four sections per objective. I left space so I could list the name of the resource I used and whether it was an assessment or for practice. If I end up needing more than four entries, I will print another page.

I am going to put these in a 3 hole binder sorted by subject area.


Next I made a form to progress monitor the students. I may teach it, but do they know it? That’s the ultimate goal, isn’t it? So I came up with this:


I’ll print one for each student. Our school uses Proficient, Developing, Beginning, and Not Yet for evaluations. Since we have 4 quarters, I have 4 places to progress monitor.


But, wait… I’m not finished yet! Our district wants us to post the objectives in the classroom for the students. I use to hand write them on the board which took extra time in the morning. Now I can stick  these up:



I’ll print them on white card stock, cut them apart, and keep them near my Learning Goals bulletin board.



Would you like your own set of labels and resources? I have made them available for you too! Here is what is included in each grade level bundled toolkit:






Click HERE for 1st Grade

OrganizingCCS1 Cover


Click HERE for 2nd Grade.



Click HERE for 3rd Grade.

Web OrganizingCCS-3-COVER


Click HERE for 4th Grade



5th Grade Reading Cover








Alison Monk

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