Saturday, July 21, 2012

Common Core Dreams

So last night I dreamed about common core. Let me be clearer...I had a nightmare about common core. A storm blew in waking my baby up 3 times (yeah, that was a nightmare too...but that's another blog). I would get him to sleep and BAM! I was right back in the middle of the nightmare.
There they evaluation team. Not the normal evaluators, but a team of robotic like scientists bent on common core perfection. The evaluation team flaunting their plain, white lab coats and ugly, brown clipboards walking through my HOUSE! Yes, common core had invaded my house. They strolled through my house scribbling notes, nodding heads, and pointing to my treasured items.

"Those pictures, yep, not common core. Must come down."

"That rug, definately not common core. Get rid of it."

"The toys, nah, don't think so. Have to go."

I nodded my head like a bobble head agreeing to everything they said. It was crazy!

Any other person would think I'm making this up, but you know I'm not because I bet you've had the common core dream too.

I know mine was brought on by my immersion into the beast as I made pacing guides and researched. Then when I found out first grade was going to be tested next year, that sealed it. I went to bed wondering how I was going to get my firsties ready for the test. I knew the vocabulary would get them before the information did. What was I going to do?

Thankfully, I stumbled upon a Common Core Word Wall by Anna Brantley (I love her stuff!). Click the picture below to check it out yourself.

                                            First Grade Common Core & More Content Word Wall

It includes language arts and math of course, but what really got me excited was this little sentence:

"I will add the science and social studies vocabulary cards as soon as they are released."

How wonderful! I'm loving the idea of using this word wall this year.

So, how are you getting ready for Common Core? I would love to hear your thoughts!



  1. Thank you SO much for the sweet shout out about my word wall!!! I shared this post on my Facebook page:) Love it!!!

  2. I found you through the Newbie Blog Hop and I am your newest follower. Getting ready for Common Core is making me crazy too. So much to think about.
    I am nominating you for the Versatile Blogger Award. Please stop by my blog to pick it up.

  3. I just bought those vocabulary cards last week & printed them today. What an awesome resource!! I'm terrified of this whole common core thing, and am sure the nightmares are waiting around the corner. I wish we had done a slow roll out instead of jumping right in, but so is life! :) Hope you're getting better sleep now.

    First Grade Fairytales

    1. Thanks! I'm very excited about the word wall and know it will help. The sleep thing...well, still working on that! Thanks for stopping by!

  4. I love your site! I am a music therapist in NC who works in the public school system. I write songs to help support what the students are learning, so I've been looking up alot of the common core stuff as well. Please check out my website
    I take song requests! :)

    1. Thanks I sure will! I'll also recommend it to our music teacher at school. With Common Core he has to tie his standards into ours. Your site should be helpful.

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