Thursday, May 23, 2013

What Common Core Standards Do They Have Under Their Belt?

The year is coming to a close in my district and I have been busy rolling out our spring units that now reflect the Common Core. Many schools are having end of the year celebrations and parents are visiting classrooms to admire all the work their children have proudly created over the year. Now you are wondering how the year slammed by so fast (or not). The paperwork has gotten out of control and the kids were ready for the summer right after spring break.. right? This is a tough time for teachers and anything that brings your life under control is embraced with enthusiasm. I decided to try out something new. This is not your standard memory book because my students would struggle with all that independent writing and I would have to do all of it directed,during small group instruction. OMG another job. So how is this different?
I took some of the highlights of our CCSS journey this year and created a student book that kindergarteners can complete on their own!  Okay I lied. Many kids will be able to pull that off and then we have a few... Yup read that again to be sure. It is a reflection of the skills they have acquired and can also serve as an assessment tool for specific skills.  You can pick and choose the activities you want them to work on. Does that sound useful? Wait, there is more! In addition, this is an emergent reader that they can share with their families, once you have gone through it together! It has dots under the text for tracking and is somewhat repetitive. I love the idea that they are essentially creating a Common Core journal of their year long understandings and can share this portfolio at home. The prep for this is minimal because I am afraid to contribute to the insanity at this time of year. I've got your back! I am off to work but will put this up in my store later. What traditions do you have for your little learners? Grab a tissue and share!

I just posted this in my TpT store for you to purchase. It's only $5.00. I hope you love this product as much as I do.


C said...

Hi, Fran! Is this for sale? I didn't see a link to lead me to it.

Carla M.

daleseb said...

Love it!! When will it be in your store?

Fran Kramer said...

Thank you so much for your interest. It's up now and all you need to do is click on the picture. I hope you like this tool.

S. Simpson said...

I just purchased your pack. It is FANTASTIC. I wish I had more time to do all of the pages but I'll have to just pick my favorites for this year. I know your heart is in kdg. but would you consider making one of these for first grade? I would love this for my firsties. . . just food for thought.

✰ Stacy

Simpson Superstars

Fran Kramer said...

I love you for leaving this comment. I knew it was a winner by the reaction of my kinder teaching friends who almost ripped it out of my hands! You are a sweetie.
Yes, I can do first grade and it's an excellent suggestion!

Danielle Lunney said...

How am I only finding your blog now?! You have so many brilliant ideas on here! I just love this blog :)

Apples, Ink and Mischief

Maria said...

This is awesome!! What an amazing idea. I would LOVE one for my first graders!

Heidi Butkus said...

Fran, did you get my email regarding SCKC???

vicky1970 said...

Hi Fran!
That end of the year memory book is brilliant! I love how it's different than the run of the mill ones like I made {LOL}. I bet all those kinder teachers are lovin on you even extra right now. We need a summer meet up so we can hang out and laugh. Enjoy those last days of school.
Traditions, Laughter and Happily Ever After

dsmith said...

Hi Fran,

I just wanted to thank you for sharing this awesome end of the year resource! I love that it will be engaging and entertaining for the students while being linked to Common Core. My students will complete their last day of Kindergarten on Tuesday, so working on this journal will be a nice way for them to wind down and bring back all of their memories from our year together, as well as see their growth. Thanks again!
-D. Smith

Fran Kramer said...

That was exactly what I thought too. My kids were never too successful with tons of open ended prompts and did not enjoy doing them after the first one or two. This gives you so much information and parents will get a clearer understanding of CCSS. Thanks for leaving this comment.

Chrissy said...

We ended the year on May 17! This looks amazing, Fran! (Will you be at I Teach K this year, in Vegas?)