I’m trying something new this year to help me manage how I teach the Common Core. I created a Common Core Resource binder that will hold all of my Language Arts graphic organizers and other important resources. I figured if it’s all in one place, I’ll be less likely to shove papers in drawers and cabinets. Do ever you do that? I am guilty!
Like the cover? Download it for free here.
Okay, now let me explain the binder in detail. Here’s what I did: I used page dividers to separate each standard. Then, I added a page like you see below for each Reading Literature Standard and Informational Text Standard. This page will help me keep track of how I taught the standard, when I taught the standard, and the materials (books, props, etc.) I used. I slid each of these sheets into a page protector so that I can refer back to them in the future. If I keep this system up all year long, I will be thanking myself this time next year!
You can download an editable copy of these sheets here for free. I made it editable because I realize not everyone teaches the same standards. To use, all you have to do is type the standard where it says, “Type Standard Here” and then print. You can print as many pages as you may need!
Next, I added the Common Core graphic organizers I made for each standard behind the sheet above. I plan on adding others materials to the binder, like additional graphic organizers, reader response sheets, lesson plan ideas, etc.. But, I figured these organizers were a great start! Below you’ll find a little preview of some of the organizers. I have organizers for all of the first grade and second grade standards. Here are some of the graphic organizers for the Reading Literature Standards:
My favorite part about the organizers is that I labeled them with each standard in the corner. This helped me tremendously last year (I didn’t have to do as much thinking – ha!)
When creating these, I tried my best to keep them very simple and easy to understand.
My students used these organizers during small group time, while buddy-reading, and while working independently.
Here are some of the graphic organizers for the Informational Text Standards:
You can grab all of these organizers (plus lots of others) at my TPT shop! I have a first grade version and a second grade version. Are you ready to go make your own Common Core binder? I PROMISE, you will feel so much more organized!