Common Core Book Study: Kinder Unit 2 & A FREEBIE SET

Common Core Curriculum Maps
English Language Arts
Unit #2
Unit #2: Tell a Story
For the first six weeks, the Common Core Curriculum Maps (ELA:K) focuses on the importance of  using rhyme and repetition to  teach phonological awareness. Students participate in lessons that allow them to listen to and interpret familiar sounds and patterns as they begin to think more critically about their "A-B-C's".

We will continue teaching phonological awareness using rhyme and repetition over the second six weeks in unit 2; however, we will  begin to use the skills learned to expand and introduce new concepts through deeper levels of instruction and higher order thinking (HOT). Students will now focus on the sequence of fictional and informational texts.

I know most of you are probably extremely irritated by the constant strain and focus on standards; however, this resource will exemplify how to effectively organize and use the common core standards as the core of effective instruction through well planned and interactive lessons. 
 I will try to make this bearable - I promise. 
How to read CCSS citations:
Example: RL.K.2
           RL= Reading Literature
              K= Kindergarten
               2= Second standard in Reading Literature
Suggested focus standards for the second six weeks 
(only cited references).
Unit 2 suggests 7 different objectives that I will go over and offer resources for you.

Resource 1: Common Core Standards Posters for Kindergarten
Click on the links below to get these helpful and time-saving resource. 

Common Core Standards Posters for KindergartenDeanna Jump's Common Core Standards Posters 
(Grade K)
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Essential Question Posters for Kindergarten Common Core StandardsAnother one of Deanna Jump's Common Core Poster sets

Common Core Standards Checklists: Parent and Kid Friendly {K} Primary Punch: Common Core Standards Checklists
Common Core Math Vocabulary Cards for KindergartenAnd...Ginger Snaps Common Core Math Vocabulary Cards for Kinder
These are just a few of the hundreds of Common Core resources available on TPT for Kindergarten!

To cover the objectives , I have put together a unit based on a color poem that I wrote about two months ago and a phrase that popped into my head while drawing illustrations for a children's book that I wrote.The phrase, "Brain Pocket" popped into my creative mind & I have come up with several ways to use this in your classrooms. Here are two fun posters I created that you are welcome to grab and use.

My poem is called, Colors in My Head, which correlates with my brain pocket.LOL!

I am going to go through a couple of the suggested objectives from the book that are also included in my new unit:
I am not keeping this title as I do not think it is really specific enough; although, I am still thinking....I need more knowledge for my brain pocket..hahaha

Objective: I can name the author and illustrator of a text.
(A shortened version from the book)
Because my poem is the core of this unit, I created a fun poetry review graphic organizer that students can fill out. This poetry review can be adapted and used for any poems read during the school year. Students will record the author and illustrator of the poem using the GO below. They also have the option to write or illustrate their answers. 

I also created a little system that can be used in your classroom libraries for student recommendations. Students are required to rate the poem from 1-3 stars. The teacher can then fill in the graph to record students' average ratings as a class. The rating can then be printed as a sticker and placed on poems and literary texts in the classroom to help students choose something to read. 
This is a screen clipping from the file.

Suggested Objective: I can retell main details of the beginning, middle and end of familiar  stories.

With teacher guidance, students will review the poem and remember key details or rhyming words by following the color sequence in the poem. I have integrated ordinal number practice and sequence through a listening activity...

Students will listen and fill in the colors that are mentioned in the poem from first to last. It is a fun way to work on listening skills and fine motor skills while teaching sequence and ordinal numbers.

My unit also includes a student book project that allows them to "re-write" my poem using a rhyming word of their choice and illustrating a picture. This project can be completed individually using a reference display of possible rhyming words, in small groups, or as a class. Here is a screen shot of several of the student book pages.
Individual stanza cards from the poem (in color and black outline) for sorting, reference and sequence activities.

Printable crayons to use for reading, spelling and matching colors to color words.

 Many student faces to create your own Brain Pocket glyph for your classroom. I have included instruction on how to make the pocket as well. The packet can be hung and you can place new concepts in the "brain pocket" that you want students to practice. They will continue to add knowledge to their brain pocket. There are also black outlines that can be used as an assessment tool.
 Many picture word cards and rhyming word cards. 
 A variety of students activity sheets to practice concepts learned.
And my personal favorite - Large individual stanza posters to be used for drama and reference.

I have a few things to add to this unit, but come back and visit tomorrow when it is up and available!

You can, however, head on over to my TPT store (click the preview below) and grab a set of the crayon frames you see above for FREE!!!

Kindergarten Unit Links

Grade Level Links

Please make sure to visit Jennifer Ayers who coordinated this book study

Best Practices 4 Teaching

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  1. This post and unit is incredible Michelle! I love your brain pocket idea! It's perfect for teaching about schema to first and second graders as well!

    Oh how I still miss teaching Kinder!

    1. Thank you Linda!! Let me know if you want anything (-;

      Actually, would you mind if I sent you the file some time today to look over for mistakes???


    2. Not at all! I'd be happy to!

  2. You have absolutely the cutest dang graphics I've ever seen! I think I must be your # 1 fan.

    Granny Goes to School

    1. WHY THANK YOU!!! You are too sweet! You have just about the cutest blog name ever!! LOVE it!!

      I hope you get a lot of use from the frames (-;


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  4. I'm a Alternative A Master's Secondary Ed LA major, so I love reading all these posts about standards/common core. I'm so glad you broke down the meaning because I didn't know! Since I majored in English for undergrad, this is all new to me. Thanks for the info!


    1. You are very welcome! After I completed my Masters, I decided to take a break from teaching - go figure..hahaha

      When I signed up for this book review, I did so because I didn't know much about the common core standards. This book is very useful, because the CCSS are so broad.

      There are things about the book that I am not so thrilled about. They really have a lack of focused writing instruction for handwriting, which is absolutely necessary for grades K-3. I truly believe that children are far more successful in reading when there is a purposeful focus on handwriting that accompanies phonics and reading instruction.

      And...some of the public school writing programs are horrible!!

      Thank you for your input - this took me a while & I really appreciate that I could give, at least, a little bit of helpful information (-:



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