Common Core State Standards
The California Kindergarten Association is here to support you as you learn the new Common Core State Standards and adapt your teaching to help your students master them.
You can kick off your learning about the new Common Core State Standards by reading Common Core Standards for Young Learners by our own Ada Hand and checking out the Common Core Curriculum Maps with ideas from teachers (funded by Pew with Gates Foundations money).
Want to Share Your Teaching Ideas?
Every month CKA will feature a Common Cores State Standards Lesson/Unit Plan. To contribute your ideas, email CKA the Lesson Plan Form below. If you have pictures of children or teachers you would like to use, please include a photo release form. If your teaching idea is selected you will receive a gift from CKA!
Teaching ideas must be submitted by the 15th of the month prior to be considered.
Have you picked up some of the cute bulletin board boarders at Target recently? They’re in the Dollar Spot. (They often have similar ones at the Dollar Tree). Here’s a quick way to turn them into an easy activity to help your students learn their letters. All it takes is writing the letters on the clothespins and you’ll be ready to go! Need to make it more challenging? Write lower case letters on the clothespins. Not only will your students be practicing their letter recognition, they’ll also be building...read more
New to Transitional Kindergarten or Kindergarten? Moving down from an upper grade? Or just looking to find tips to ease your way back into a new school year? CKA Board Member and first grade teacher, Deb Meng has you covered. Deb has taught Pre-K, TK and Kindergarten and is here to help! Imagine teaching TK for the first time when the only grades you have taught are third and fourth grade! I just got off the phone with a friend who is teaching TK for the first time. We talked for an hour about learning/management strategies for her...read more
Ok, the count down is on! For some of you, summer is right around the corner. Others are going to have to wait just a little bit longer. Either way, who can’t use a super simple, active way to review core skills? So grab a large piece of paper, a marker or crayon and a pack or two of post-its. You’ll need maybe 5 minutes to prep and you’ll be ready to go. It’s that easy. We promise. Choose your target. This was done with sight words, but you could just as easily review numbers, addition/subtraction...read more
We’re not quite sure where the time has gone,but somehow we’ve made it to the end of another school year! The count is on and summer is just around the corner. Here are some great read alouds to help wrap up your year! The incomparable Miss Bindergarten returns to bid farewell to her students in another installment of this classic series by Joseph Slate. Just try to hold the tears back as this beloved Kindergarten teacher wraps up her year! A new twist on a familiar classic! ”I think I can” becomes...read more
Start Your Math Engines! Common Core State Standards Counting with an Automotive Twist (and a Free Printable)!
Remember last week when we showed you this “speedy” activity? Rev Up Your Sight Words! Well, we were so “revved up” by it that we couldn’t resist adding a twist and turning it into a math activity! Here’s a free printable you can download now and be ready to go! Download (PDF, 155KB) Simply print out the cards – cardstock or other heavier paper would be better, but isn’t necessary. Then laminate for durability and cut them apart. Working in a small group, the students draw a card, then...read more
Today’s Tuesday Teaching Tip comes to us from CKA Board Member and Transitional Kindergarten teacher Heather Morrow. Here’s a math activity we just did that was very successful – even for my “lowest” kiddos and is aligned to Common Core. First we talked about lines and put them together to make a triangle. We identified the corners or points with magnets. Then I gave students strips of paper and had them make triangle – first they made the green, then blue, then multicolored...read more
Here’s an easy way to practice letters and improve fine motor skills, too. Plus – pin art is super fun, so it’s win-win! The best part? It’s super easy to prepare and a great independent center – perfect for times when you have testing to do, or you want to pull a small group. So, what’s this “pin art” business about anyhow, you say? You’ll want a carpeted space for your students to work, since the push pin won’t work well on a hard surface. Then you’ll need some...read more
This week’s Tuesday Teaching Tip comes to you on a Wednesday. Evening. Ahem. But, hey – it’s summer, right? Time to slow down a bit. ;) CKA Board Member and Kindergarten teacher Kimberly DeMille shares this week’s fabulous idea for a Common Core kindergarten science lesson with us. One of my favorite units/ lessons is living/non-living. I start off by teaching my class the song “It’s Alive/Non-living” by Maryann Harman. Then we sort photographs. Last, we record two living & two...read more
Preschool Activities and Lesson Plans Paint the Blocks: Wash Them Clean Preschool Foundations – Physical Development/Manipulative Skills 3.1 and 3.2 (Gross and Fine Motor Coordination) Objective: Children will practice fine-motor and problem-solving skills Group size: 3-4 children Materials: Tempera paints; brushes; old wooden blocks; dishpan with warm, sudsy water; towels and smocks. Outdoors the children choose the size/type of brush and paint color to use. They paint blocks, describing to classmates...read more
Preschool Activities and Lesson Plans The Foundations for Physical Development at 48 months are: Maintain balance while holding still. Distinguish movements that are up and down and to the side of the body. Chelsea Stuart Ross, a preschool teacher in Sacramento, offers a week-long integrated lesson that includes activities to encourage social-emotional, physical, and oral language development. A former Medic in the US Navy, she has her degree in child development from CSU Sacramento, has worked in Head Start and...read more