Monday, July 18, 2011

A Less Scary Common Core

     I've seen some blog posts popping up about the Common Core State Standards and there seems to be a mixed bag of feelings about them.  I've become pretty familiar with them as part of a curriculum committee and I agree that they can be a little intimidating at first glance. Once you get to the bare bones however, I think the standards will really help teachers focus on what students need and ensure that they are challenged. Earlier today, Marlana over at Lil' Country Kindergarten was looking for a basic list of kindergarten standards without all the padding and background information.  I have a version that I created to hand out to parents after a bevy of questions about the standards (I thought I would hand it out at Open House.)  I'm going to send over to her, and I thought some of you might like it too.  I made it "kindergarten-y" in the hopes that it would inform parents without scaring them to death.  If you think you could use it as a parent handout or just as a resource for yourself, help yourself to a copy.  Have a great night!

47 comments:

  1. Donna,

    I LOVE this! We are having a parent night before Open House that is geared specifically toward Kdg. parents because of the new standards. This will be perfect for them! I am so glad you shared! Do you mind if I edit my post to embed your wonderful freebie? If not, I will definitely link up to your post.

    Thank you!!!
    ✿Marlana
    Lil' Country Kindergarten

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  2. Thanks so much for this. Very helpful and informative. Definitely less scary, too!

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  3. Thanks for sharing - there is a parent info pamphlet on the CCSS website that you can print off, but this is WAY cuter!

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  4. Thanks for sharing. My district is in the process of rewriting our report cards and I am the kindergarten rep. This will be very helpful.

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  5. Thanks SO much for doing this..It is much more parent friendly than the one I have (actually, it's more teacher friendly too!)

    Laura
    Kinder Kraziness

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  6. This looks amazing! Definitely less scary when you look at this! I wish I had something like this for first grade!


    Elisabeth
    www.missdelk.blogspot.com

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  7. Thanks for sharing! I was wondering if you could make a first grade version. Would totally appreciate it!!!! ;)

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  8. ♥ it!!! Thanks so much for sharing!! Totally handing this out at Kinder orientation!!;)
    Little Warriors

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  9. I'm so glad everyone can use this. I've had a lot of requests for a first grade version, so I'm working on one (and one for second grade too) soo check back in a day or two!
    Donna

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  10. Wow! You're the best! I'd planned on working on a first grade one this summer, but now I can cross that off my massive "to do" list. Love reading your blog. I am working on getting mine off the ground, but I am feeling like a tech-dinosaur so it's taking me a bit longer than I'd hoped (plus having a toddler running around doesn't help!!).

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  11. Hi--this is great! I am new to your blog and also to Google Docs. Can you give me any printing tips? Thanks!

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  12. Anonymous,
    If you're having trouble printing, send me your email and I'll send you a copy!

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  13. Can you send it to me too? I could not print it either. Thank you SO much

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  14. oops here is my email.
    Karen.Strawser@sbcglobal.net

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  15. Thank you thank you thank you!! :)

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  16. My name is Diedra. I cannot believe what a terrific job you did on the K Common Core Standards. I would love to have them for first and second. You are amazing. Thanks for all hard work.Diedra

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  17. Diedra,
    Thanks for such a nice comment! I have the first and second grade versions in my TPT store if you want to take a look. Have a great night!
    Donna
    First Grade CCSS
    Second Grade CCSS

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  18. Hi, Donna! These look amazing and I know they would be helpful at my school. Could you tell me what the font is in the document? I am unable to "see" the print (it is coming across as black smudges). Thank you for your help!! My email is singalullaby@yahoo.com.

    ReadWriteSing

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  19. Thank you so very much! This is excellent!

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  20. I am having trouble printing this. Could you please email it to me?

    thanks so much.

    adjc2321@verizon.net

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  21. This common core easy to read is exactly what I needed. Beautiful job

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  22. Thank you for sharing this and taking the time to make this more user friendly. Our state has just adopted the CC Standards and reading this has lessen my hesitance to transition to this more rigorous standards.

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  23. This is adorable and much friendlier to look at with parents. However, when I try to download I am getting an error. Any pointers?

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  24. Jenn,

    Hmm... I'm not sure... If you send me your email address, I'll send you a direct copy of it and we'll see if that works!

    Donna

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  25. Thank you very much! This is great!

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  26. Thank you very much! This is great!

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  27. Hi! This is just lovely! It won't let me print it however :( Could you please email me the copy vipjessica39@yahoo.com?

    Thanks so much!

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    1. I can't get it to open without black lines and they black out the words, but I love it...anyway I can fix it or get it emailed? Sukii11@bellsouth.net I would be sooooo grateful.

      Thank you,
      Lauren

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    2. Could you PLEASE email me the social studies and science ones? These are INCREDIBLE! walford.ce@gmail.com

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  28. Thank you so much! This is amazing and I can't wait to show my team. This was just a huge discussion at our last meeting.

    kindergarten days

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  29. Hi, I absolutely love this and would like to use it for our open house. I hate to trouble you but I can not get it to print. It shows the pictures but all of the print is just big black bars. Could you please if you have a moment email it to me at jens@standrewsschoolct.org

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  30. I love this!! Can you make science and social studies?

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  31. Wow! Thank you for sharing this! :)

    Jessica

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  32. Can you please send this to me...I would LOVE to use this. Thank you so much for making this.

    Email- edgea@email.uscupstate.edu

    Thank you!

    -Autumn

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  33. this is awesome! thank you for sharing. Can you please send me the link?
    kgood@rialto.k12.ca.us
    resqrslady@msn.com

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  34. Donna,
    You are wonderful! Thanks so much for creating this version of the common core standards. I have been looking for a less scary version for a while now. I appreciate your skills!
    Laurie Rodriguez
    K teacher in IL

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  35. jtsinijinnie of AZAugust 6, 2012 at 1:16 AM

    thank you... this made it easy for me to look forward to teaching Kindergarten with the Common Core Standards.. and like Laurie from IL said, "..a less scary version..."

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  36. Thank you so much! !

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  37. I would love a copy of this as well! It is really well done!

    My email is nchappell930@gmail.com. Thanks! Let's hope for a less hectic start to the school year this time around! I'm also on the CT shoreline :)

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  38. Your Kdg. standards are awesome! I would greatly appreciate it if you would e-mail me a copy, too! My e-mail is lalipke@hotmail.com. Thanks so much!

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  39. Could I please have a copy of your Kindergarten User Friendly Version of the Common Core Standards?
    Thank you!
    bigginst@lockwoodschool.org

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  40. Oh my gosh!!! You are awesome!!! Thank you so very much for sharing these!!! You are FABULOUS!!!!

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  41. This is so amazing. I can't tell you how helpful this has been! It helps me as a teacher AND the parents!

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  42. I would love to get a copy emailed to me as well. brantleyclark@gmail.com The file attached is corrupted.

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  43. Could you please send me a copy of this to Kleskonut@aol.com? Thank you so much.

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