Friday, January 10, 2014

Answering the question about Common Core Standards

While reading the latest and greatest lesson plans and standards about the Common Core, I became interested in expanding on my original blog post regarding this issue.  We are often asked “What is the list of Common Core Standards that your program addresses?”

Let me start by saying this: There are no official Geography or Social Studies Common Core State Standards until the 6th grade.  CCSS for Social Studies, History, and Science are integrated in the K-5 reading standards.  It is up to the individual teacher to incorporate these valuable subjects in day-to-day thematic units.

Students are able to gain knowledge in geography and global awareness only if the curriculum is intentionally structured to include this kind of information.  By reading about and exploring geography and cultures a foundation of knowledge is built that can be repeated in all content areas of their education.

This is not uncommon!  We have requests from all over the country from teachers that want to expand on their lesson plans that include country-specific, global thematic units.  To these teachers, we are sending you a virtual high five for preparing your students for the “real world”.  Our In-school Field Trips provide an added bonus in engaging their young minds and scratch beyond the surface of topics already being covered in school – exactly what field trips are meant to do! 
   
So to answer the question about what our program addresses, the answer is this:

Wander Our World addresses the common sense standards for this globalized world –

1)    Map identification
2)    Making connections between people, places, and things
3)    Appreciation of Earth’s environment
4)    Exploring variations in culture
If you dig deep enough and assign the latest terminology of the common core to what we do, you will find answers to satisfy tedious and arduous (but necessary) lesson planning. It will probably not be a good fit for all schools and for that we don’t mind.  Wander Our World is hands-on, educational, engaging, and loved by all children.  We stand by that 110%.

However, in a world where me must play by the rules and provide lists to be approved for children to learn in an exciting and enriching environment, below are Kindergarten Common Core Standards that we may cover depending on the country.  Many repeat for the first and second grades.  The additional standards can be located at the following website:  http://www.corestandards.org/ELA-Literacy  


Kindergarten

Reading: Literature
CCSS.ELA-Literacy.RL.K.1 With prompting and support, ask and answer questions about key details in a text.
CCSS.ELA-Literacy.RL.K.2 With prompting and support, retell familiar stories, including key details.
CCSS.ELA-Literacy.RL.K.3 With prompting and support, identify characters, settings, and major events in a story.
CCSS.ELA-Literacy.RL.K.7 With prompting and support, describe the relationship between illustrations and the story in which they appear (e.g., what moment in a story an illustration depicts).
CCSS.ELA-Literacy.RL.K.9 With prompting and support, compare and contrast the adventures and experiences of characters in familiar stories

Reading: Information Text

CCSS.ELA-Literacy.RI.K.1 With prompting and support, ask and answer questions about key details in a text.
CCSS.ELA-Literacy.RI.K.2 With prompting and support, identify the main topic and retell key details of a text.
CCSS.ELA-Literacy.RI.K.3 With prompting and support, describe the connection between two individuals, events, ideas, or pieces of information in a text.
Reading: Foundation Skills
CCSS.ELA-Literacy.RF.K.1 Demonstrate understanding of the organization and basic features of print.

Writing

CCSS.ELA-Literacy.W.K.2 Use a combination of drawing, dictating, and writing to compose informative/explanatory texts in which they name what they are writing about and supply some information about the topic.

Speaking and Listening

CCSS.ELA-Literacy.SL.K.1 Participate in collaborative conversations with diverse partners about kindergarten topics and texts with peers and adults in small and larger groups.
CCSS.ELA-Literacy.W.K.2 Use a combination of drawing, dictating, and writing to compose informative/explanatory texts in which they name what they are writing about and supply some information about the topic.
CCSS.ELA-Literacy.SL.K.2 Confirm understanding of a text read aloud or information presented orally or through other media by asking and answering questions about key details and requesting clarification if something is not understood.
CCSS.ELA-Literacy.SL.K.4 Describe familiar people, places, things, and events and, with prompting and support, provide additional detail.
CCSS.ELA-Literacy.SL.K.5 Add drawings or other visual displays to descriptions as desired to provide additional detail.
CCSS.ELA-Literacy.SL.K.6 Speak audibly and express thoughts, feelings, and ideas clearly.

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