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. 

 

Zero the Hero’s Store!

Posted by on Jan 19, 2016 in Common Core State Standards, Kindergarten Math, Kindergarten Social Studies, Teaching Tips | 0 comments

Zero the Hero’s Store!

We hope you all had a great time with us at the PK1 Conference.  What a whirlwind of new ideas!  It was so wonderful to be surrounded by so many people passionate about teaching little kids. Today’s Tuesday Teaching Tip is brought to you by CKA’s President Elect and kindergarten teacher, Kimberly DeMille, who shares this idea that perfect for Hundred’s Day idea with us. For this activity, students are asked to bring in 100 pennies (counted at home, as a homework assignment) to spend in Zero the Hero’s Store.  Store...

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Get Chopping on Phonemic Awareness!

Posted by on Oct 13, 2015 in Common Core State Standards, Kindergarten Reading and Writing, Teaching Tips, Transitional Kindergarten Teaching Tips | 1 comment

Get Chopping on Phonemic Awareness!

Today’s Tuesday Teaching Tip is brought to us by the wonderful Deb Meng, First Grade Teacher at Elk Grove Unified School District and former CKA Board Member. Say it * Chop it * Say it is a phonemic awareness activity that incorporates sensorial movement which helps young learners segment a word (break a word into phonemes). I developed this activity while teaching kindergarten and have used this activity with TK, K, and 1st grade students. The words choice is geared to the level/ability of the group of students or student I am...

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Simple Magnetic Sight Words

Posted by on Sep 29, 2015 in Common Core State Standards, Kindergarten Reading and Writing, Teaching Tips | 0 comments

Simple Magnetic Sight Words

Remember last week when we promised we’d fill you in on what the cookie sheets were doing in this photo? Here we go!  Now – you could totally use just this activity as we shared it last week!  In fact, you might want to start out by doing just that the first time you introduce it to your class.  But…if you’d like to take it one step further, first off, you’ll need to make a quick trip to the best teacher store there is…the dollar store!  You’ll want as many cookie sheets as you’ll have...

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Grow a Tree Map of CVC Word Review

Posted by on May 19, 2015 in Common Core State Standards, Kindergarten Reading and Writing, Teaching Tips, Transitional Kindergarten Teaching Tips | 1 comment

Grow a Tree Map of CVC Word Review

The end of the year is oh-so-close!  There is so much to get done and somehow the time always seems so crunched.  Feeling the pinch and needing a bit of help out of a sticky situation?  {Ahem.}  Grab some post-its and let’s knock out a quick review of reading CVC words, make a tree map and get everyone up and moving with less than five minutes of prep. First, grab those trusty post-its.  Bonus points for having ones with a cute print, but really?  At this point in the year it’s all about survival, right?  ;)  Write a CVC...

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Jump Your Way to Groups of 10

Posted by on Mar 16, 2015 in Common Core State Standards, Kindergarten Math, Teaching Tips | 0 comments

Jump Your Way to Groups of 10

Spring is right around the corner and the weather is beautiful.  It’s the perfect time to head outside and use CKA President-Elect and kindergarten teacher Kimberly DeMille’s fabulous kinesthetic idea for teaching ways to make 10!  She uses a giant sidewalk chalk number line to introduce the concept, and practices both addition and subtraction this way.  How much fun is this?! Wondering which Common Core State Standards you’re covering?  Here they are: 4. For any number from 1 to 9, find the number that makes 10 when...

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Personalized Magnet Boards Make Learning Letters and Numbers Fun!

Posted by on Jan 27, 2015 in Common Core State Standards, Kindergarten Math, Kindergarten Reading and Writing, Teaching Tips, Transitional Kindergarten Teaching Tips | 0 comments

Personalized Magnet Boards Make Learning Letters and Numbers Fun!

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...

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Best Apps for Teaching the Alphabet

Posted by on Nov 25, 2014 in Common Core State Standards, English Language Development, Kindergarten Reading and Writing, Kindergarten Technology, Teaching Tips, Transitional Kindergarten Teaching Tips | 2 comments

Best Apps for Teaching the Alphabet

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...

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Erase Your Way to Learning Fun!

Posted by on Nov 4, 2014 in Common Core State Standards, Kindergarten Math, Kindergarten Reading and Writing, Teaching Tips, Transitional Kindergarten Teaching Tips | 0 comments

Erase Your Way to Learning Fun!

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...

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Clothespins and Bulletin Board Boarders

Posted by on Sep 2, 2014 in Common Core State Standards, Kindergarten Reading and Writing, Teaching Tips, Transitional Kindergarten Teaching Tips | 1 comment

Clothespins and Bulletin Board Boarders

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...

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Welcome to TK/Kindergarten!

Posted by on Aug 5, 2014 in Classroom Management, Common Core State Standards, Kindergarten Classroom Management, Kindergarten Music, Kindergarten Reading and Writing, Teaching Tips, Transitional Kindergarten Teaching Tips | 2 comments

Welcome to TK/Kindergarten!

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...

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