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kicking it up with common core

Kicking It Up with Common Core

Presented by: Kerra Middleton

position statement on the common core college and career readiness standards
Position Statement on the Common Core College- and Career-Readiness Standards
  • As students strive to meet the rigor of the standards, certified school librarians will play an essential part in ensuring that 21st-century information literacy skills, dispositions, responsibilities and assessments are integrated throughout all curriculum areas.
position statement continued
Position Statement Continued
  • The school librarian leads in building 21st-century skills by

-collaborating with classroom teachers to design engaging learning tasks that integrate key critical thinking skills, technology and information literacy skills with subject area content

-providing a library program that contains multiple instructional avenues and resources in various formats for the authentic application of information literacy skills.

common core think themes
Common Core- Think Themes
  • Thematic Units
    • Folktales (across cultures)
    • Tall tales
    • Fairy tales
    • Seasons
    • Holidays
    • Science
    • Social Studies

Support teachers by providing resources and integrating lessons in the media center

  • 1. With prompting and support, ask and answer questions about key details in a story. [RL.K.1]
    • answer questions to comprehend and monitor understanding of details in a story
    • identify key details in a story

Read a story, use picture cards for students to retell the story. Place in a pocket chart to refer back to the story.

kindergarten lesson
Kindergarten Lesson
  • Standard: 5. Recognize common types of texts (e.g., storybooks, poems). [RL.K.5]
    • AASL Standard 1.1.6 Read, view, and listen for information presented in any format (e.g., textual, visual, media, digital) in order to make inferences and gather meaning.
  • Materials: large copy of poem, per student: chocolate cookie, 8 pretzels, icing, 2 mini candies for eyes, white board

LMS introduces the poem to students.

LMS points to each word as she reads.

LMS has students share what they already know about spiders.

LMS records student response on the board.

LMS and students practice spider poem.

LMS explains that students will create a spider using the items on the napkin.

Students create a spider and write to retell facts about the spider.

Students eat the spider snack.

I\'m a Little Spider

by Sue Brown

I\'m a little spider,

watch me spin.

If you\'ll be my dinner,

I\'ll let you come in.

Then I\'ll spin my web to hold you tight,

And Gobble you up in one big bite!

  • Opinion Writing
  • Use a combination of drawing, dictating, and writing to compose opinion pieces in which they tell a reader about the topic or book [W.K.1]
    • AASL Standards 2.1.6 Use the writing process, media and visual literacy, and technology skills to create products that express new understandings.
    • 2.2.4 Demonstrate personal productivity by completing products to express learning.
    • 3.1.3 Use writing and speaking skills to communicate new understandings effectively.
Theme: Bears, Hibernation, Winter
  • Bear Snores On

-picture book

-seasons (winter)

    • Read nonfiction texts about real bears
    • Compare/contrast real and fantasy bears
    • Share write a description of a real bear
  • Independent Writing
    • Shave ice and discuss snow
      • Let students (You do) use senses to describe the ice
      • Complete the senses chart and let students write
    • Author’s Website
A Bed for Winter


-informational text

-seasons (winter)

-animal homes

  • Modeled Writing
    • Describe a bear

(the one in the story or bring in a teddy bear)

  • Shared Writing
    • Conduct research to learn about bears: Read nonfiction texts and record facts learn
    • Model a description of an animal home
  • Craft
    • Use a die-cut to cut-out bear shapes. Let students decorate the bear. Students could write facts learned to show information learned from research.
    • Make a snowflake out of a coffee filter, glue, and glitter
goldilocks ideas
Goldilocks Ideas
  • Compare/Contrast different versions
  • Create character masks and re-enact the story
    • Video conference with another school to share different versions of the story
science topics
Science Topics
  • Insects

Facts on insects

Lady bug plate with facts on back, Miss Spider retelling

Kindergarten-ant facts on black circles, forms an ant

Make “bug juice” and write

first grade
First Grade
  • W1.7 Participate in shared research and writing projects.
  • AASL 1.3.4 Contribute to the exchange of ideas within the learning community.
  • Research

US Symbols

Apple Unit

Alabama State Facts

first grade1
First Grade

AASL 2.2.4 Demonstrate personal productivity by completing products to express learning.


Fire Safety

second grade
Second Grade
  • Recount stories including fables and folktales in diverse cultures, and determine their central messages, lesson, or moral. [RL 2.2]
    • Recount a story with key details

Bremen Town Musicians

  • TSWBAT contrast an on-line e-book the Bremen Town Musicians with the classroom reading story. TSWBAT type to compare the stories.
third grade
Third Grade
  • Edible Earth’s Layers
  • Animal Research-Student Handout
  • Landforms Project
  • Our Nation USA Web Quest
fourth grade
Fourth Grade

W.4.7 Conduct short research projects that build knowledge through investigation of different aspects of a topic.

SL.4.1 Engage effectively in a range of collaborative discussions with diverse partners on Grade 4 topics and texts, building on others’ ideas and expressing their own clearly.

  • AASL Standard 1.1.7 Make sense of information gathered from diverse sources by identifying misconceptions, main and supporting ideas, conflicting information, and point of view or bias.
  • Planet Research
fourth grade author study
Fourth GradeAuthor Study
  • Book Jacket Project
    • To select the ideas for the cover of the book jacket:
      • Determine a theme of a story, drama, or poem from details in the text; summarize the text. [RL.4.2]
    • To create a review of the book
      • Write opinion pieces on topics or texts, supporting a point of view with reasons and information. [W.4.1.]
    • To obtain information or author bio for the back flap of the book jacket
      • Write routinely over extended time frames, including time for research, reflection, and revision and shorter time frames a single sitting or a day or two for a range of discipline‐specific tasks, purposes, and audiences. [W.4.10]
    • Presentation of book jacket to class
      • Engage effectively in a range of collaborative discussions (one‐on‐one, in groups, and teacher‐led) with diverse partners on grade 4 topics and texts, building on others’ ideas and expressing their own clearly. [SL.4.1]
fifth grade
Fifth Grade
  • W.5.7 Conduct short research projects that use several sources to build knowledge through investigation of different aspects of a topic.
  • W.5.8 Recall relevant information from experiences or gather relevant information from print and digital sources; summarize or paraphrase information in notes and finished work, and provide a list of sources.
  • AASL Standards
    • 2.1.2 Organize knowledge so that it is useful.
    • 1.4.2 Use interaction with and feedback from teachers and peers to guide own inquiry process.
    • 1.1.8 Demonstrate mastery of technology tools to access information and pursue inquiry.
    • 1.1.9 Collaborate with others to broaden and deepen understanding.
    • 1.3.4 Contribute to the exchange of ideas within the learning community.
  • Native American Research Pictures
  • Native American Research Projects
  • Explorer Research
  • AASL Standards for the 21st Century Learner
  • AASL Learning Standards & Common Core State Standards Crosswalk

By Grade Level

By AASL Standard

books to support common core
Books to Support Common Core
  • Believe Me, Goldilocks Rocks! The Story of the Three Bears as Told by Baby BearNancy Loewen(4 books in the series)

-Story from the baby bear’s perspective “Sam”

-Book includes “Think About It” with suggested activities to compare/contrast different versions, tell the story from a different point of view and additional activities, includes a glossary

-Lesson Activity

  • Brain JuiceSciencefresh squeezed! 41 thirst-for-knowledge-quenching poemsby Carol Diggory Shields

-Science poems, science topics/vocabulary

  • Bubba the Cowboy Prince Helen Ketteman
    • A Fractured Texas Tale
  • Cinderella\'s RatSusan Meddaugh

-Short tale told by the mouse

-Includes short rhymes

-Student Work Sample


Cindy EllenSusan Lowell

-A Wild Western Cinderella

  • Farm Flu Teresa Bateman
    • Rhyme
  • Fox Tails Four Fables from Aesop Amy Lowry

-Author’s Note tells components of a fable with the moral of each tale

-Educator’s Guide

  • Glass Slipper, Gold Sandal A Worldwide Cinderella by Paul Fleischman

-Blends different versions of Cinderella

-across cultures (in one text)

-Cinderella unit, this story is included

-Social Studies Research and Practice,%202010/Features/5.2.9.pdf

  • Goldilocks and Just one BearLeigh Hodgkinson

-city Goldilocks with a wandering bear, reunited


Goldilocks Returns Lisa Campbell Ernst


-Goldilocks Returns to make things right

-Lesson Idea

  • Good News Bad NewsJeff Mack

-Simple text


-Book trailer

  • Humpty Dumpty Climbs AgainDave Horowitz

-Conclusion to the nursery rhyme of Humpty Dumpty

-Includes popular nursery rhyme characters (underwear, says “butt”)

-Book trailer

-Lesson Idea

  • Me…JanePatrick McDonnell

-Picture book about nature

-Includes drawings and photos of Jane Goodall along with “About Jane Goodall” and “Message from Jane”


Oopsy, Teacher!Stephanie Calmenson


-Write about a day you had an oopsy day. Create a class book Oopsy, Students!

  • Pete the Cat I Love My White ShoesJames Dean

-Lesson idea:


  • Rabbit’s GiftGeorge Shannon

-A folktale of generosity

-Winter snow and animals finding food

-Lesson Idea:

-Questions to Consider:

      • How do the animals in the story show that they care about each other?
      • What are some ways that you show your friends that you care about them?
  • Rolling Along with Goldilocks and the Three BearsCindy Meyers
    • Twist to traditional Goldilocks story
    • Physical therapy, friendship
    • Goldilocks and the Three Bears Unit


Spectacular Science a book of poems selected by Lee Bennett Hopkins

-15 short poems about science themes Poetry Lessons

  • Yeh-Shen A Cinderella Story from China retold by Ai-Ling Louie

-Book includes a block-printed page including an ancient Chinese manuscript that is based during the T’ang dynasty (618-907 A.D.)

-Lesson Example

  • 101 Science Poems and Songs for Young LearnersGrades 1-3 Scholastic
  • Folk & Fairy Tale Plays for Beginning Readers Grades K-2 Immacula A. Rhodes
  • Folk & Fairy Tale Plays for Building Fluency Grades 2-3 Carol Pugliano-Martin
poetry music videos
Poetry, Music, Videos
  • Poems about books and/or library
    • (raps)
    • (poets read the poems)