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 Implementation
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
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.
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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