June 26, 2016

A Periodic Table of the Common Core Standards

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We know that a number of you are gearing up for back-to-school. In Georgia, where Jan lives, schools start in early August with pre-planning beginning for some next week! Whether the return to school is imminent or still a few weeks away, educators always spend their summer “vacations” thinking about next year’s students. Undoubtedly, you are already thinking about room arrangements, lessons, and texts.

 As you begin to think about curriculum and the Common Core State Standards, we wanted to give you a tool that could help you pull the big ideas of the standards into one place. We developed this “Periodic Table of the Common Core” because we noticed the need for a one page reference to all the English Language Arts standards. While we have revised a few of the images and added images and nicknames for the Foundational Skills, most of the graphics and the nicknames for the standards come from our illustrations and metaphors for the Common Core, originally published in our most popular series of blog posts. These are  currently available in a book you can purchase as a downloadable PDF.

We are spending this “last” week of summer working on our book. So we are taking a hiatus from the blog to concentrate our energies. Please feel free to download the Periodic Table for the Common Core Standards and we hope that you have a great rest of the week. We look forward to “seeing” you again when we resume our regular blogging schedule on Monday, July 30.


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  6. Karen Tatum says:

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