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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  1. I agree Elaine when you write that we can’t be so focused on the outcomes and forget to have our lesson engaging and FUN. We currently have wiped out any chances for kids to have fun with the new teacher evaluation and common core standards. My philosophy is if my class isn’t fun and entertaining they won’t come back for first grade…Thanks Elaine!

  2. The common core standards seem reasonable, however, it appears that adminstrators seem to demand more and this is where the problems arise.


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