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Everything CCSS “I Can” for K – 6 Grades

by Jill & Cathy on October 22, 2014

Common Core I Can Statements for kindergarten, 1st, 2nd, 3rd, 4th, 5th and 6th grades | all free from The Curriculum Corner | kid friendly language | individual standards | checklists | & so much more!!!From here you can access all of our Common Core resources for grades K – 6.  We have CCSS checklists currently available for grades 7 and 8 but do not yet have completed “I Can” statements.  Our hope is to have the “I Can” statements available for 7th and 8th grades by the end of 2014.

We are often asked why we have changed our original “I Can” statements.  This change occurred for two reasons.  First, there have been significant changes to the first set of CCSS standards that were published.  Because of this, we felt that our resources needed an update.  Second, after spending time looking at our first set of “I Can” statements, we felt that they could be reworded to better spiral between grade levels.  We hope you find these new resources useful!

Kindergarten

First Grade

Second Grade

Third Grade

Fourth Grade

Fifth Grade

Sixth Grade

7th & 8th Grade Checklists for CCSS

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Introducing the Scientific Method

by Jill & Cathy on October 21, 2014

Scientific Method Anchor Chart, Lesson Plan & Recording Page FREE from The Curriculum CornerAs a part of our partnership with Variquest, we created a lesson and anchor chart for introducing students to the scientific method.  We are sharing this lesson along with the free printable materials below.

Anchor Chart  Print on your poster maker for a great classroom decoration that is meaningful!

Recording Page  This organizer is designed to be used with any science lab.

Quick Check Page  This organizer contains six boxes for students to share their understanding of the six steps.  It could also be used for students to take notes on and then add to their science notebooks.

Preparation:

  • Prepare “Steps of the Scientific Method” anchor chart for mini-lesson.

  • Copy the “My Science Lab Notes” page for each child in the classroom. 

Lesson:

  • Pass out “My Science Lab Notes” to each student.

  • Prepare your Smartboard with a copy of “My Science Lab Notes” so students have a model to work from.

  • Pass around the five pennies and ask students to make some observations about them (round, hard, have writing, flat, dirty, etc).

  • Next ask the students if they see a problem with the pennies.  Help lead them to the conclusion that they are very dirty and difficult to read.

  • QUESTION - Tell the students that the Scientific Method begins with a question to be answered.  What kinds of questions could they come up with about these pennies?  Discuss several of the questions, but help lead them to the question, “What is the best way to clean a penny?” or something similar.  Fill out the Ask Questions section of “My Science Lab Notes” together.

  • RESEARCH – Since many primary students are still in the beginning stages of learning to research, at this point ask the class what key words /phrases they can think of to search the internet to find an answer to the question.  Fill out the Research the Problem section of “My Science Lab Notes” together and then do some simple research online.

  • FORM A HYPOTHESIS – Ask the class if they have ever heard the word “hypothesis” and discuss answers (if any).  If not volunteered by a student, tell them that a hypothesis is a scientific word for a best guess.  Help them to form a hypothesis similar to “We think that _____________ will clean the penny best because ________________.” Fill out the Form a Hypothesis section of “My Science Lab Notes” together.

  • TEST YOUR HYPOTHESIS – Show and discuss the liquids you have set up to clean the pennies.  Guide them through the steps the class will take to test the hypothesis/clean the pennies.  Fill out the Test Your Hypothesis section of “My Science Lab Notes” together.

  • SHARE YOUR RESULTS – After completing the testing portion of the experiment fill out the Share Your Results section of “My Science Lab Notes” together.  Discuss how in this case your results will simply be shared on the notes page in a sentence format, but that there are other ways to share results too – making a visual or display, making a presentation or writing a paper.

  • CONCLUSION – As a class practice writing a conclusion based on the research done and the actual experiment involved.  Fill out the Draw a Conclusion section of “My Science Lab Notes” together.

You will find more resources on VariQuest’s Blog.

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Frozen Inspired Fry Word Games

October 15, 2014

This collection of 10 Fry Word boards are perfect for the Frozen fans in your classroom.  Use at a center or, copy the boards best for each student and send them home to encourage at home practice.   All of the first 300 words are included.  Students need a coin and two markers to play. Words are […]

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Strategies to Help Students Master Subtraction Facts

October 13, 2014

(Scroll down to find the FREE Bump game shown above.) Recently we posted about how we incorporate timed math facts tests in our second grade classrooms.  In that post we focused on addition facts – provided a link to our addition timed tests and included a few addition math fact practice games.  You will find […]

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Author Study: Meet Gail Gibbons

October 1, 2014

A newer unit of study our district has incorporated into our writing workshop over the last couple of years is literary nonfiction.  Weaving facts with storytelling can be a difficult concept for young authors to  apply to their own writing.  We believe that the best approach is immersing children in good examples of this writing […]

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Fact or Opinion Sorting Cards

September 26, 2014

 It can be difficult for students to differentiate between facts and opinions.  We have created materials in the past to help with this skill.  (You will find those here:  Fact or Opinion.  This collections includes class games, a file folder game and more.) Fact or Opinion Sorting Cards Because it never seems like enough, we […]

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Fantasy & Reality Card Sort

September 25, 2014

Sometimes it can be difficult to find independent tasks to go with your mini-lesson focus.  One time when we run across this in the classroom is when we are learning about genres.  Finding independent tasks that give the students practice differentiating between genres can be difficult.  We created a fantasy and reality card sort to […]

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Pumpkins! Fall Fry Word Games for Words 1 – 300

September 24, 2014

Print and laminate the set of cards that is best for your students.  Or, to make for easy differentiation, print all three sets.  Assign students their just right level when they are at the center.  To play, place the cards in a basket.  Students take turns drawing a card from the basket and saying the […]

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Strategies to Help Students Master Addition Math Facts

September 22, 2014

We have had several inquiries about how we incorporate timed math facts tests in our second grade classrooms.  Here is how we choose to implement them. Students begin with 0s and progress through each level all the way through 10s.  At which point they would take the 100 mixed problem test three times (with a […]

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Spanish “I Can” Common Core Progress Checkboxes 3rd Grade

September 19, 2014

Thanks to a very hard working translator, we are happy to share our updated “I Can” statements in Spanish for 3rd grade.  Translated “I Can” statements for the other grade levels will be available soon.  Thanks for your help, Alicia! “I Can” 3rd Grade with Doodle Borders “I Can” 3rd Grade no Borders “I Can” 3rd Grade Cute […]

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Fall Fluency Phrases

September 17, 2014

These fall fluency phrases are just right for your students to practice fluency during literacy centers. Fall Phrases   Print the phrases on white paper or construction paper.  Laminate if desired.  You can put the phrases on a ring or in a baggie. Visualize    Use this page for students to visualize their sentence.  Have […]

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First Grade True/False Equation Sorts

September 12, 2014

 Use this for a fast-to-put-together math center.  Print in color and laminate.  (We are also providing the file in black and white just in case you don’t have access to a color printer.)  We have included cards labeled true and false along with 18 cards for sorting.  There is also a recording page which you […]

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Updated Common Core State Standards Checklists

September 11, 2014

We have pulled together all of our CCSS Checklists in one easy-to-find spot! You have your choice of an editable Excel spreadsheet to type your dates and/or notes in the boxes OR you can simply print the PDF and write in the boxes.  Because we have had so many teachers copying our working and selling […]

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Ocean Themed Noun, Verb, Adjective Sort

September 9, 2014

 A collection of colorful cards ready to print and laminate for an easy parts of speech sort.  This set is designed with an ocean theme.  We have also created three different recording pages so that you may record the page that is best for your class.  Or, easily differentiate this center by assigning an appropriate […]

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Teaching Theme in Reading

September 4, 2014

Theme is always a struggle to teach in the classroom.  It is an abstract concept that so many readers struggle with.  To help you get started, we have created a collection of anchor charts and printables.  We have also shared a few of our favorite lessons that we found around the web.  Have others you […]

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