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.
The end of January is fast approaching. Do you still have some students who are struggling with letter and/or number recognition? Today’s Tuesday Teaching Tip is here to help! First Grade teacher Julie McGreevy shares this easy and simple to personalize idea with us. You’ll want to make the dollar store or a thrift store your first stop – they carry cookie sheets. Then, either use a fun font or do a google image search for letters/numbers in a particular theme. You could choose one that goes along with the unit...read more
Today’s Tuesday Teaching Tip comes to you from the incomparable Heidi Butkus of HeidiSongs. We are lucky enough to be able to claim her as a CKA Board Member as well. Do you have some kids in your class still struggling to learn the alphabet? Here’s Heidi with some apps to help! Best Apps for Teaching the Alphabet Fish School By Duck Duck Moose $1.99 This is a great app for pre-K, TK, or younger; my kindergartners were initially happy with it but quickly got bored. It’s not really a game, it’s more...read more
Halloween is finally behind us and we’re in NOVEMBER! Veteran’s Day and Thanksgiving short month November! Phew! Are your kids still worn out from way too much Halloween fun? Need an activity that is SUPER simple and guaranteed to keep their attention? Rather then having them write sight words, letters or numbers, have them erase them instead! This activity works really well on a chalkboard but would also work with white boards (especially with dry erase crayons rather than markers). It could easily be done as a...read more
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