Monthly Archives: March 2013

Common Core Sample Lesson Plan

For the month of April my students will be journeying into the world of imagination with our focus being on Fairy Tales.  I am super excited about this because our last two themes (Ocean and Dinosaurs) were informational in content.  The reading, writing and other follow-up activities in this theme will allow my students to be more imaginative and creative.


Common Core Lesson Plan

Common Core Lesson Plan

Common Core Implementation


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In creating the common core “I Can Posters” I have become very familiar with the outcomes.  When preparing my plans for next week, I was surprised at how many of these outcomes (in language arts) were covered in just my weekly plan.  To be honest, I have taught for so many years that I don’t get fixated on meeting outcomes; my main focus is making  my lessons engaging for my students.   I have even been known to abandon a few outcomes as they were not developmentally appropriate (don’t tell anybody).   The video above outlines my weekly lesson in language arts, I am really excited to see what my students create in their written retelling of “The Gingerbread Man”.  I will post some of their work when they complete it.

The plan shown in the video addresses the common core outcomes outlined below:

RL.K Strand – Reading Literature

All of the RL.K outcomes would be met except for RL.K.5


RF.K. – Reading Foundational Skills

gingerbread man writing

Gingerbread Man Writing Retelling

Many of these could also be met but this would depend on which skill you would like to focus on when using the emergent reader.  Many of these skills are introduced within the reader but practice is done during Literacy Center time.  “I can identify all letter names and sounds of upper and lower-case letters” is ongoing throughout the year but some letters would be reviewed within each lesson.  This would be an outcome that would be addressed each day because daily review is necessasry (certainly for my learners).  This would also be the same with sight word recognition.


L.K. – Language Standards in Both Writing and Speaking

Many of these outcomes could be met through through the writing activity and acting out the story.  The ones that would be difficult to meet are:  L.K.1c, L.K.1d, L.K.1e, L.K.4a, L.K.5a, L.K.5b


W.K. – Writing Standards

The writing activiity would address many of the W.K. outcomes except for:  W.K.2, W.K.3 and W.K.5.


common core opinions

Implementation of Common Core

SL.K. – Listening and Speaking Outcomes

All of these outcomes could be addressed through the weekly lesson because it is reliant on group participation.


Conclusion, My Opinion and Thoughts

It was interesting to discover how many outcomes could be addressed just from one weekly lesson (about 75% -80% of the outcomes were addressed). I did not do this intentionally because my outcomes are different.  In conclusion, it appears to be more worthwhile to plan a lesson that you feel will be engaging for your students and then decide what standards it aligns with.  It has been my experience, when planning a lesson around a specific outcome (more in Language Arts) that the lesson becomes disjointed and you do not realize the possibility of how many other outcomes could be addressed in a single lesson.  However, addressing math outcomes can be different.  In math, it may be necessary to focus on a specific skill but problem solving should always be integrated.


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Pre – K Science Lesson Plan

Science Lesson Plan

In conjunction with the Dinosaur and Easter theme we are talking about animals that lay and don’t lay eggs.  I wanted to share the related Science lesson plan that I did with my students.  The book Chickens Aren’t the Only Ones is an excellent source of information for introducing this topic.  This plan also can be used to assist you in meeting  the RI.K. common core outcomes.


Video Version of the Book

Reading Rainbow does an excellent job of reading this book and providing information related to it.  I showed the video found in the link below to my students on my Smart Board.  After, we sorted animals according to if they lay and don’t lay eggs.  I have many of the plastic animals listed in the book (not sure where these were purchased from as they were already in the classroom).


Chickens Aren’t the Only Ones Video 


Graphing Activity

Sorting and Graphing Pictures

In the links below you can find larger and smaller pictures that can be used for sorting and graphing.  Each child would be given a picture card and then they would determine what category that picture would fit (lays or doesn’t lay eggs).  After, the smaller pictures can be used to make a picture graph to relay information (math outcomes).


Larger and Smaller Pictures Used for Sorting and Graphing


 More Science Ideas

More science ideas can be found in the link below:


More Science Ideas


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Free Common Core Posters

I have just spent an exhausting few weeks becoming totally familiar with the “Kindergarten Common Core Standards” in language arts, since there are many members that are required to incorporate these within your daily plans. I have created “I Can Statement” posters that you can display in your classroom when your plans focus on achieving these specific outcomes.  The posters are written in “kid friendly” language that your young learners should be able to understand.  I have also included pictures of either the emergent reader or activity that will help you achieve these outcomes.  My hope is that you can quickly refer to these when you are searching for a specific lesson to achieve these outcomes.


This was a rather time consuming project but I feel a great deal of satisfaction that many of the outcomes can be met by using the resources found on the site.  However, the lack of poetry found on the site is one area that will need to be supplemented.  My goal for next school year is to add more literacy center ideas and poetry.  I am still working with a developer to create interactive computer learning activities.  This project was to be completed a year ago!  Needless to say, this has been a very frustrating experience.


I am going to be working on creating similar posters for Math.


Posters can be downloaded from my website home page which is found in the link below.  If you are logged-in to your account you will need to log-off first as these are located on the public home page.


Common Core Language Arts Posters


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Math Stations

I introduce the math measurement strand within the Dinosaur theme unit.  Interactive math stations that will be used to achieve the outcomes for this strand are outlined in this lesson plan.  The plan below is my general plan of what I will be doing for the week (I only teach two full days).


8:28-9:15  Circle Time

Sight Word Information Dinosaur Reader

Shared Reading

Project the emergent sight word reader “Different Dinosaurs” on the Smart Board (use a pocket chart if you do not have access to a Smart Board).  Read it together.  Focus on illustrations and how they help us determine what the words are.  Discuss how their illustrations should be similar when writing in their dinosaur shape booklets.  Discuss the different features of each of the dinosaurs displayed in the reader.


Phonemic Awareness Follow-up – Word Family “in”

I have small little whiteboards that I print the letters that represent the phoneme. A child is assigned to each phoneme and holds the letter(s) that represents this sound.  We say each phoneme sound (usually review letters) several times as a review of the sound/letter and how it corresponds.  We talk about what makes the beginning, middle and end sound.  After, I place the students closer together and we blend the sounds together.  The students have to guess what the mystery word is.  I do this activity throughout the day as a review of letter sounds.


Word Family Focus “in” and rhyming – win, bin, fin, grin, tin, and pin


Sight Word Focus – some and were


Letter Review Sound and Formation

Review the letter  “w”  and “s” printing formation and sound as heard in “some and were” from the reader.  Students practice printing the letters on their individual erasible boards.  Generate and print other words beginning with that sound.


Connection to Literature

Allow one student to choose a dinosaur book from the wide selection displayed on the book shelf to read.  They are continuously asking me to read these to them so I let them select.


Modeled Writing

Together complete the sentence: Some dinosaurs_________. (similar to emergent reader).  Together with the students complete this sentence using what they have learned from the emergent readers, videos and books.  Do a few examples together modeling the writing process (sounding out words and leaving spaces between words).  Example:  Some dinosaurs ate plants.  Discuss how they would illustrate the sentence.


9:15 – 9:45 Learning Centers

Craft and Writing

Triceratops Craft
Students will complete the craft displayed on the left.  After, they will write a sentence that describes Triceratops.


More Dinosaur Craft Ideas


Independent Writing
Generally, I assist a small group of students at this Center but this time I want to see what they can do independently.  They will complete the sentence:  Some dinosaurs_________.  This activity is related to the emergent reader we read earlier together, from videos we have viewed and books we have read.  I wanted to use this time for assessments.


Rest of Class at Learning Centers with Parent Volunteer


1.  Sand – Digging for Alphabet Dinosaur Bones

Students will be digging for the alphabet bones (dog biscuits) and matching these to the correct picture that corresponds to the initital sound.


2.  Playdough

Making fossils


3.  Big Blocks

Students will be making a dinosaur feature display using the dinosaur figures and big blocks.


4.  Computers – I have downloaded the  Smart Board activities outlined in the Literacy Centers on individuals computers and the students can work on this.


5.  Paint Easel has stayed the same.


6.  Creative Craft Center - Paper, cards, tape, scissors, glue, all types of decorations and odds and ends are placed here


8.  Water Table and Science - Floating and Sinking

Experiment with placing small dinosaur figures in the different boats and estimating how many it will take to sink them.


9:40 – 10:15 Get Ready and Go to Gym


10:15 – 10:35   Bathroom Break and Snack 


10:35 – 11:30 Literacy Centers

The links below different literacy activities the students will be engaged in.


Dinosaur Literacy Centers


General Literacy Centers



11:30 – 12:00   Music and Author’s Chair

Students share what they wrote during Independent Writing Time.


Sing the different songs  from the Alpha Tunes CD.


Animated Alphabet Video from link below:


Animated Alphabet Video


11:55 – 12:00  Bathroom Break 
12:00 – 12:25 Eat Lunch
12:25 – 1:00  Lunch Recess
1:00 – 1:10 Bathroom Break

1:00 – 1:50 Circle Time – Math

Calendar, count days on calendar, count how many days they have been in school, add this many straws to the 10′s cup.  Count to 100 and by 10′s to 100.


Math Number Animated Videos


Introduce Math Tubs

Dinosaur Measuring Picture Template

Math Center One – Estimating, Measuring Length and Height

I have a set of erasable paddle boards that I use consistently.  The students will be estimating the length and height of our dinosaur figurines (how many snap cubes long or tall).  They will write their estimation on their paddle boards.  After, they will measure the figurine to see how close their estimation was.


New I have added dinosaur pictures to the theme unit that you can use instead, if you do not have dinosaur figurines.


Math Center Two – Measuring Volume

1.  Students estimate how many small dinosaur figurines it will take to fill different containers (can be any small manipulatives or even dinosaur fruit snacks).  After, they confirm their estimation by counting how many will fill the container.


2.  How many scoops of rice will it take to fill different containers?


Math Center Three – Measuring Weight

Constant – Heavier object (decorative rock)

The students will estimate how many small manipulatives it will take to balance the constant (heavier object) using a pan scale.


Math Center Four – Numeral  Identification and Printing Review

Numeral Ten Frame Identification and Printing

My students still need practice with identifying ten frames and numeral printing so I will include this Center throughout the duration of the year.  These templates are found in the Dinosaur theme and Math program.  Numeral printing sheets include ten frames for 1-10 and 1-20 (this will vary depending on your math outcomes).  According to the “Common Core Standards” the students are required to identify and print numerals 1-20.  The students draw a ten frame card.  I have placed the dotted numeral printing sheets in a plastic cover sheet so they can erase these after.  The student must print the numeral that represents the ten frame they selected.  They will continue drawing the cards until they have printed all the numerals.


Math Center Five – Decomposing Sets of NumbersCrack the Egg Math

I painted lima beans on one side and left the other side white.  Different amounts of beans were placed in plastic Easter eggs.  The students spill the eggs (beans) and can print the amount, make an addition sentence or subtraction sentence similar to what is displayed in the photograph.  The templates to play this game is found in the Math Program.


1:50 2:10 – Bathroom Break and Recess


2:10 – 3:00 Learning Centers

Groups are switched from this morning so all students have an opportunity to visit the Learning Centers.


3:10  Bus Students Leave


3:15  Walking Students Leave

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