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The Common Core Companion: The Standards Decoded, Grades 3-5

The Common Core Companion: The Standards Decoded, Grades 3-5
What They Say, What They Mean, How to Teach Them

  • Leslie Blauman - National and International Literacy Consultant
  • Jim Burke - Burlingame High School, Burlingame, CA

© 2014 | 288 pages | Corwin

With the click of a mouse, anyone has access to the standards. So aligning our instruction should be a snap. If only it were that simple . . .  Jim Burke anticipated the challenges and developed the Common Core Companion series for K-12. In his next smart move, he deferred to the talents of Leslie Blauman to be author of the 3-5 volume.

What makes Leslie Blauman’s Common Core Companion “that version of the standards you wish you had”? It’s the way Leslie translates each and every standard for reading, writing, speaking and listening, language, and foundational skills into the day-to-day “what you do”: lesson ideas, best literacy practices, grouping configurations, adaptations for ELL, anchor charts, and so much more.

The wisdom and how-to’s are all here, page by page:

  • The standards for literature and informational texts put side by side for easier planning
  • Teaching ideas for each standard
  • Recommendations on how to cultivate the habits of mind that are critical to meeting the standards, including interpersonal skills, collaboration, and perseverance
  • A glossary of academic language for each standard with adaptations for ELL students
  • An online bank of graphic organizers, student reproducibles, sample classroom charts, rubrics, and photos
  • Reproducible planning templates for each standard to help you map out lessons, select books, generate key questions, and more

With 30 years of classroom experience and consulting in schools nationwide, Leslie Blauman brings to this book a keen eye for what teachers need in order to get students in the intermediate grades ready as readers, writers, thinkers, and learners capable of meeting the Common Core’s rising expectations in middle school. Leslie’s classroom is a working model for child/staff development in reading, writing, and critical thinking in collaboration with the Public Education & Business Coalition (PEBC).

“When considering the CCSS, we need to remember that teachers do not teach standards. Teachers teach kids! A classroom teacher who mixes it up with kids every day, Leslie Blauman teaches as if her hair's on fire”
Coauthor of
The Comprehension Toolkit

Preface by Jim Burke
Introduction: Getting to the Core of the Curriculum
Key Principles and Additional Teaching Strategies for English Language Learners 3-5
Quick Reference: Common Core State Standards, K-12 English Language Arts
The Complete Common Core State Standards: Decoded
Part 1. Reading
Key Ideas and Details  
Craft and Structure  
Integration of Knowledge and Ideas  
Range of Reading and Level of Text Complexity  
Part 2. Writing
Text Types and Purposes  
Production and Distribution of Writing  
Research to Build and Present Knowledge  
Range of Writing  
Part 3. Speaking and Listening
Comprehension and Collaboration  
Presentation of Knowledge and Ideas  
Part 4. Language
Conventions of Standard English  
Knowledge of Language  
Vocabulary Acquisition and Use  
Part 5. Reading Standards: Foundational Skills
Phonics and Word Recognition  
Resource A. Common Core Recommended Reading Lists  
Resource B. Text Complexity Tool  
Resource C. Planning Calendar Templates  


Sample Materials & Chapters

Writing Standard 1

Reading Standards: Foundational Skills Standard 4

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ISBN: 9781483349855