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Friday, July 6, 2012

Breaking Down the Common CORE

This summer I am diving into first grade Common CORE and trying to dig deeper into my understanding on how to effectively teach it to my students.  I have decided the best way for me to do this is one strand at a time.  I am starting with the Writing Stand.  In studying this I started thinking let's make it simple what do I need to teach?

1)      Informative (Christmas time holiday’s around the world, about pumpkins, all about books)

2)      Narrative (small moments)

3)      Opinion

4)      How To and Research

When looking at it this way I see a very logical way of implementing this in my classroom.
1st 9 weeks – Narrative –small moments- why? Because the students are familiar with narrative stories. First month I work on setting up procedures for all the workshops this is easy to transition into narrative writing and  teaching Lucy Calkins Small Moments lessons.
W.1.3. Write narratives in which they recount two or more appropriately sequenced events, include some details regarding what happened, use temporal words to signal event order, and provide some sense of closure.
2nd  9 week - Informative – I do a lot with learning about Pumpkins, Holiday’s around the world, and nonfiction reading during this time of year.  This works perfect into informative writing All about  books.
W.1.2. Write informative/explanatory texts in which they name a topic, supply some facts about the topic, and provide some sense of closure.
3rd 9 weeks - Opinion- by this time in the year they will have opinions. This is pretty easy to introduce talking about opinions of books while doing our read aloud.  I thought it may be fun to introduce by having a taste test and they discuss their opinions of different flavors of cereal or fruit.
W.1.1.. Write opinion pieces in which they introduce the topic or name the book they are writing about, state an opinion, supply a reason for the opinion, and provide some sense of closure.
4th How To- Research – By the end of the year I will have them in the computer lab and around computers enough to really be able to produce a research project and How To Books.  The Common CORE states:
·          W.1.6. With guidance and support from adults, use a variety of digital tools to produce and publish writing, including in collaboration with peers.
·         W.1.7. Participate in shared research and writing projects (e.g., explore a number of “how-to” books on a given topic and use them to write a sequence of instructions).
·         W.1.8. With guidance and support from adults, recall information from experiences or gather information from provided sources to answer a question.
I feel that all 3 of these can be addressed in the last 9 weeks. The students should be developed in  their technology skills to be able to produce a Kidspiration I-Movie on their How-To book.  I will post more as I get going.  To really do justice with this standard we will dig into our technology strand to get an understanding on what we need to address.
Writers workshop really leads itself to teach the strand W.1.5 throughout the year.
W.1.5. With guidance and support from adults, focus on a topic, respond to questions and suggestions from peers, and add details to strengthen writing as needed.
Wit our individual conferencing this standard addresses itself, along with our celebrations we have at the end of all our writing units. 

Here is a few pictures of the calendar that I created for the first nine weeks.  I created a sheet that works great to keep track of notes for conferencing.  This relates to the rubrics for student and teacher and the goals that are on these rubrics.  Each lesson is assigned a Common CORE goal and there are owl I Can statements for each goal taught.  I also created this for a friend in a moose theme if you prefer moose over owls.