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.

Check out our PowerPoint Presentation to learn more!

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! 

 Lesson Plan Form – Click here to submit your own teaching idea!

Teaching ideas must be submitted by the 15th of the month prior to be considered. 

 

Quick and Easy Active Review

Posted by on May 20, 2014 in Common Core State Standards, Kindergarten Math, Kindergarten Reading and Writing, Teaching Tips, Transitional Kindergarten Teaching Tips | 0 comments

Quick and Easy Active Review

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...

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End of the Year Books – New and Improved!

Posted by on May 13, 2014 in Common Core State Standards, Kindergarten Reading and Writing, Teaching Tips, Transitional Kindergarten Teaching Tips | 0 comments

End of the Year Books – New and Improved!

  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...

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Start Your Math Engines! Common Core State Standards Counting with an Automotive Twist (and a Free Printable)!

Posted by on Mar 11, 2014 in Common Core State Standards, Kindergarten Math, Teaching Tips | 1 comment

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...

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Hands on Triangles

Posted by on Jan 17, 2014 in Common Core State Standards | 0 comments

Hands on Triangles

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...

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Practice Letters with Pin Art

Posted by on Jul 23, 2013 in Common Core State Standards, Kindergarten Fine Motor Skills, Kindergarten Reading and Writing, Teaching Tips, Transitional Kindergarten Teaching Tips | 1 comment

Practice Letters with Pin Art

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...

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It’s Alive! No, Wait, it’s “Living vs Non-Living”!

Posted by on Jul 10, 2013 in Common Core State Standards, Kindergarten Reading and Writing, Kindergarten Science, Teaching Tips | 0 comments

It’s Alive! No, Wait, it’s “Living vs Non-Living”!

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...

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Block Play

Posted by on May 22, 2012 in Common Core State Standards, Uncategorized | 0 comments

Block Play

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...

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Physical Development and Movement

Posted by on Mar 28, 2012 in Common Core State Standards, Transitional Kindergarten, Transitional Kindergarten Curriculum, Uncategorized | 0 comments

Physical Development and Movement

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...

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Mathematics – Measurement & Data: Classify Objects and Count the Number of Objects in Categories

Posted by on Feb 27, 2012 in Common Core State Standards, Uncategorized | 0 comments

Mathematics – Measurement & Data:  Classify Objects and Count the Number of Objects in Categories

This months Common Core States Standard is based on Mathematics – Measurement & Data:  Classify objects and count the number of objects in categories. 1. Marble Painting Shapes Graph   Materials: construction paper, large and small marbles, paint, scissors, bulletin board space with yarn (or use colored paper rolls with felt pen lines)   Process: Each student chooses a round, square, oval, octagonal or rectangular shape and places it in a box lid (it can be taped down with the tape under the shape). Marbles are dipped in a small...

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Reading Standards for Literature: Key Ideas and Details

Posted by on Oct 20, 2011 in Common Core State Standards | 0 comments

Reading Standards for Literature:  Key Ideas and Details

This month’s Common Core State Standards based lesson in English/Language Arts provides you with a number of activities the teacher can implement for children to successfully demonstrate their understanding of retelling key ideas and details of a story.   Lesson Plan for Kindergarten Common Core Standard: English/Language Arts Reading Standard for Literature:  Key Ideas and Details With prompting and support, ask and answer questions about key details in a text. With prompting and support, retell familiar stories, including key...

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