With the adoption of the Common Core State Standards in 45 states, teachers are working to find ways to integrate the standards into their curriculum. Finding the right tools to assist in this implementation is a key to being successful. Before developing curriculum, teachers must first have a complete understanding of the standards.
First of all, www.corestandards.org is the go-to site for finding all of the standards, across all of the grade levels. It is the site to go to if you have questions about any of the standards. There are links to resources and a place to contact the site for answers about the standards.
The Curriculum Corner (www.thecurriculumcorner.com) has worked to provide other Common Core resources that can be a useful addition to www.corestandards.org. There are Common Core checklists for grades kindergarten through six. These checklists are designed to help teachers in tracking each time they address a given standard. The idea is not to check each standard off as completed. Instead, the authors of the site emphasize it is a way to track each time the standard is touched upon in the classroom. This site has also created “I Can” Common Core Standards. These are the Common Core Standards in kid friendly language. These statements are a way that you can involve your students in their learning and progress. As students master a new skill, they can check off the skill on their own “I Can” chart. The “I Can” are also a way to help parents understand what is expected of their child.
With the right resources, implementing the Common Core State Standards will seem less overwhelming.