Second Grade Nest: 3 [FREE] Ways to Ensure You've Covered It All

Wednesday, May 25, 2016

3 [FREE] Ways to Ensure You've Covered It All

Keeping track of your ELA common core standards- organizational tips to track your instruction and lessons while teaching the common core ELA standards- plus a free binder cover and checklists



If you're teaching at a school that requires you to teach Common Core standards, you know that it may be a little bit difficult some years to fit all of the standards in and teach them to mastery. What is required of you is to teach all literature, informational, language, reading foundations, writing, and speaking & listening standards in 180 days. This can prove to be very difficult


Step 1- 
Print out all of your ELA standards from the Common Core webiste.
 This is where everyone needs to begin. If you're not too familiar with Common Core yet (if you've just adopted the standards), then you're going to download your grade levels Reading Literature, Reading Informational, Reading Foundational Skills, Language, Speaking & Listening, and Writing standards.

Here is a snapshot of what a few of the standards look like for 2nd grade RL.
Keeping track of your ELA common core standards- organizational tips to track your instruction and lessons while teaching the common core ELA standards- plus a free binder cover and checklists

After you have printed off your standards for each domain, you're going to start your color coding system. Read below to learn more!

Keeping track of your ELA common core standards- organizational tips to track your instruction and lessons while teaching the common core ELA standards- plus a free binder cover and checklists
What I suggest doing is using a straight edge to separate each standard so that your color coding system is as clear as it can be. Here is a picture of me using a manila folder to draw straight lines along the standards. Once these are split up clearly, you can start your color coding.

Keeping track of your ELA common core standards- organizational tips to track your instruction and lessons while teaching the common core ELA standards- plus a free binder cover and checklists
The color coding system helps you keep track of all the times you've taught a standard. If you teach your standards throughout the year instead of one standard at a time, this will help you keep track of any time you touch on the standard. You will give a yellow circle the first time you teach the standard, a blue circle the second time, and the pink circle the third time you teach the specific standard. This helps you ensure you've given multiple opportunities for the students to practice this standard AND it helps you keep  track of what you've taught and what you still need to teach.


Step 2- 
Keeping track of your ELA common core standards- organizational tips to track your instruction and lessons while teaching the common core ELA standards- plus a free binder cover and checklists
Here is a free and simple way to track your weekly ELA standards. Nothing fancy or techy here. I would suggest making these at the beginning of the year for a very informal pacing guide. Write the SIX domains on a piece of cardstock and plug in which standards you plan to teach in each month. This will help you be more intentional about your lesson plans. Plus, when you highlight each one of their monthly list, you are seeing what you've successfully taught and what still needs to be taught.

Here is a quick little video that walks you through making these! 



Step 3-
The final step is a FREE checklist for you! There are two options for you on this freebie. You can either choose the editable version to type in and check off, or you can choose to print and write the standards in. Either way, this is a simple, fool-proof way to track which standards you've taught and which you need to still teach or revisit.

Keeping track of your ELA common core standards- organizational tips to track your instruction and lessons while teaching the common core ELA standards- plus a free binder cover and checklists
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To use this you will write each standard as you teach it. I think that putting a check every time you touch on it will help you keep track of how many times you've taught that standard. There are also options for you to mark if they have mastered the standard or need more time. 



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1 comment:

  1. You always have the best organizational ideas!!

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