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“I Can” Standards for 4th, 5th & 6th Grades

Our I Can Common Core standards for 4th through 8th grades will save you time and money as you work to integrate the standards into your curriculum.

I Can Common Core Standards

This is another free resource for teachers from The Curriculum Corner.

You will find links to our FREE I Can Common Core statements for 4th through 8th grades farther down in this post. This is the most current set of our statements.

As the original writers of the I Can Common Core statements, we felt it was important to rewrite our statements to spiral between grade levels. We also saw a need to include standards through 8th grade.

We wanted to make our statements a set that could be adopted by an entire school.

We felt that consistency in language and progress through the standards was very important in updating our content. 

Find out about the history and changes we have made to our statements throughout the years.

Why we wrote our I Can Common Core Statements

When the Common Core standards were first released, we found that they were not very teacher friendly. As a result, it was difficult to take a quick glance at the standards and integrate them into planning. 

In addition, it was even more difficult for students to understand expectations. 

We felt that there was a need for a system that would make it easier for students to use the standards as a guide for planning. 

As a result, we created our first set of I Can Common Core standards.

We have found that these can be useful to students who are learning English and also very useful to parents. It can be difficult for parents to support their children if they do not understand the goal. 

We worked with teachers fluent in Spanish to have the standards translated into Spanish for grades k through 6th.

How our I Can Common Core Statements have changed since the original

We are often asked why we have changed our original “I Can” Common Core statements.  

This change occurred for two reasons.

  1. 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.  The old version of our standards now do not contain the correct standards.
  2. 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!

Along with updating our I Can Common Core standards for 4th through 8th grades, we have also worked to include a wider range of materials within each grade level set.

We know that teachers have different needs when it comes to how you track and display standards in your classroom.

Currently we do not have plans to add to this collection or to make changes. However, this decision is based on current classroom needs.

Keep reading below to go to the I Can Common Core resources available for each grade level.

Within each post you will find a wide variety of resources. We have worked to include a range so that you can find items that you need for your classroom.

Also available are our I Can Common Core statements translated into Spanish for many grade levels.

Within each grade you will find checklists, posters, student checkboxes, individual statements and more!

Find the grade level you are looking for here:

Looking for other grade levels? You will find them here:

Everything “I Can” for K – 8


Wednesday 12th of August 2015

Thank you so very much for these. You have saved me a tremendous amount of time in recreating anything similar. I intend to laminate these beautiful and grade specific posters and check off each standard as applicable to each lesson . Again, thank you for such a fantastic job. You accomplished your goal of assisting the busy teacher,


Sunday 27th of July 2014

Earlier this summer I saw some "checklists" that were great for student use. I no longer see them on your site. Where can I find these?


Tuesday 29th of July 2014

Hi, Jana! We are working on updating these with the new standards. 4th grade is finished... If you are looking for the version with the cute clip art, check back next week!


Sunday 27th of July 2014

I would like to thank you so very much for this great resources. It has helped a lot in making the CCSS more approachable to parents and teachers as well.

I am looking forward for the updated grade 6 standards. When do you think they will be ready?


Tuesday 29th of July 2014

You should be able to find the 6th grade standards on our site the first week of August.


Friday 25th of July 2014

When I click on the 5th Grade “I Can” Standards ***these are newly updated

link, it says page not found?

Can you send me the link for the new I can 5th grade? Thank you so much :)


Tuesday 29th of July 2014

Hi, Kaitlyn! The link is working now. Thanks so much for your help!


Saturday 19th of July 2014

The 5th grade link is not working, I keep getting "page not found". Is there another place I can access the download? Thanks for providing such a great resource for free!


Wednesday 23rd of July 2014

Hi Jennifer. We are working to get that link fixed right now. Thanks for letting us know!