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The Stupid War on the Common Core

The Stupid War on the Common Core - rough title, good article. Common core is an outline, not a national curriculum.

from Scholastic Teachers

Counting and Cardinality in Kindergarten: Meeting the Common Core

from The Kindergarten Connection

A Look at a Full Day Kindergarten Schedule

An interesting look into a full day kindergarten schedule that incorporates play into their day! A great article for early childhood teachers to consider.

Unpacking the Common Core! Teaching notes and higher level assessments that break down the Common Core Standards into 3 levels of understanding. It says what students should know at the conceptual level, procedural level, and representational level!! PERFECT to start the year off knowing what to teach for the entire year!$

from Education to the Core

How to Deconstruct the Common Core Standards and Create a Direct Instruction Lesson

According to, Common Core State Standards provide teachers the “opportunity to collaborate with teachers across the country as they develop curricula, materials, and assessments linked to high quality standards.” Guest Post by Marine Freibrun from Tales from a Very Busy Teacher  Using Common Core State Standards is something that is very exciting for me! I am...Read More »

asking questions activities for Common Core...cover the words in the article and have kids write ?'s about pics. Then uncover and read to see if your questions are answered.

from Teachers Pay Teachers

Map Skills Common Core Reading and Writing Unit

First grade map skills unit (great for second grade too) that also practices common core reading and writing skills. This unit also has projects that include art and map making. The unit is organized around a shared reading wall story (narrative input chart) and 4 articles.

from Teachers Pay Teachers

Opinion Writing

This weather opinion writing packet would be a great addition to your weather or water cycle unit! Students will tell what like or dislike about six kinds of weather: sunshine – rain – snow – clouds – wind – thunder & lightning. Common Core Opinion Writing 1st 2nd #opinionwriting

from Math Coach's Corner

Subitizing: Instantly Recognizing Quantities

Subtizing is a critical skill for Kindergarten and 1st Graders. Read more and grab a *FREEBIE*!