Let’s Cut to the Common Core!

  Hi Friends! I’m just here very quickly to tell you about a new feature I’ll be starting on my blog called, Let’s Cut to the Common Core! I’m nowhere near being an expert on the Common Core; however, I WILL share any resources that I’ve found or made with all of you. All of the Common Core resources on my blog are linked to this button so that you can quickly find them.


Today, I’m sharing some picture books I use to teach each first grade Common Core Reading Literature standard. These are not the ONLY books you can use to teach the standard, but these are ones I’ve found to work nicely. I also provided you with Common Core graphic organizers that go with each standard, as well.  Be sure to snag them at my TPT shop.

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For a detailed list of all of the picture books I shared above, click on the link below. In the download, you’ll also find a free graphic organizer! Next time, I’ll share picture books for each Common Core Informational Text standard.


What books do you use to teach the Common Core standards?

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  • Miss King February 4, 2013, 10:58 am

    I love Skippyjon for teaching about character! Great resources. 🙂

  • Eileen Griffin February 4, 2013, 1:13 pm

    This is fantastic! Thank you for sharing!

  • Anonymous February 4, 2013, 5:50 pm

    Awesome! Thank you!

  • Mrs. Sheehan February 5, 2013, 1:29 am

    I love this idea! Any chance that you could align some of these to second grade one day? 😉
    Thank you so much for the freebie, this pack is now in my wishlist!
    Learning In Wonderland

  • Teaching Fabulous Firsties! February 5, 2013, 5:10 am

    This is a great resource! I just hopped over and put it in my TpT cart! Thanks!
    ♥Teaching Fabulous Firsties!♥

  • Natalie February 5, 2013, 10:56 pm

    LOVE these!!! And what's even better, I have almost all of those books already 🙂

    Going in the cart!

    Teachery Tidbits

  • Kelly February 5, 2013, 10:59 pm

    This is wonderful ! I just added it to my TpT cart & can't wait to download 🙂 Love it – thanks for sharing!

    First Grade Fairytales

  • Amy February 6, 2013, 12:26 am

    Your common core graphic organizer pack is my most favorite purchase from TpT (and I've made A LOT of purchases)!! I love how each page is labeled with the standard. It has saved me a ton of time!

  • Susie Q February 6, 2013, 3:35 am

    Love this post!


  • Fluttering Through First Grade February 7, 2013, 10:42 pm

    This is fantastic-such a better way to teach Common Core! Put those workbooks away and dive into literature. Love it!

    ~Christy & Tammy
    Fluttering Through First Grade

  • Jennifer Oakley April 4, 2013, 1:12 pm

    This is AWESOME! I wish I taught first grade! 🙂 Do you know of any resources like this for third grade?

  • kkeckler May 2, 2013, 3:28 pm

    Have you poasted the informational one yet?

  • Samm May 24, 2013, 2:27 pm

    These are awesome! Thank you!

  • smileya2 June 10, 2013, 5:44 pm

    Love this! Eagerly awaiting your ideas for Informational Reading!

  • Terry June 16, 2013, 1:53 am

    Great resource! Thanks for putting this together. Looks like a purchase from your shop is next!

  • Kristina Helman August 30, 2013, 11:54 pm

    I just purchased this packet! It looks amazing and I cannot wait to start using it. I have almost all of the books you suggested and I wanted to say thank you!

  • kelly Croft September 8, 2013, 1:52 am

    Such a wonderful idea! Thank you so much for sharing!
    Kennedy's Korner

  • dayton December 3, 2013, 7:51 pm

    This is great and very generous. Have you done this list of books that teach to the standard of informational text?

  • Melissa Stewart February 13, 2014, 12:20 am

    Thanks for including my book, A Place for Bats, in your suggestions.

  • Alexa January 30, 2015, 5:31 am

    I know this is a pretty old post. But at the end of the post you said you were going to create a list of books for the RI standards. I have been searching your site and cannot find them. I love this resource and have almost all the books recommended for the RL standards. Thank you so much!

  • Lory's Page May 6, 2015, 12:17 am

    You are amazing Lyndsey!! xo

  • Joan March 9, 2017, 1:33 pm

    There’s a terrific amount of knwodelge in this article!