If you teach in the United States, chances are you either have heard or are using the Common Core State Standards. While some schools have officially started implementing them, others are waiting to do so really-really soon.
Before I moved to a dual language classroom, I taught at an arts based school and we were already using the Common Core Standards in the year 2011-2012. Now, this year I am not only teaching in both languages but I am also teaching a new grade level. All the work I had done with the Common Core in the past surely relate in a way to 4th grade, but you have to remember that this time I have to look at them from a Spanish perspective.
In fourth grade, 60% of our curriculum is in Spanish and 40% in English; therefore, Common Core is taking a whole new meaning (or so). One thing for sure, I was lucky to have found a website that has translated all the CCSS to Spanish and has done so really well (I am usually not too fond of some translations available out there, but this one does not disappoint).
Common Core in My Classroom
The standards can be very hard to read and understand for some of my students (I even find myself struggling to put them in ‘child friendly’ words sometimes), for this reason I create ‘I’ statements where the goal of the standards is written in kid-friendly language. Once the language makes sense, I create headers for my students so they can place them inside their reading/or writing journals. The headers serve my students as a reminder of WHAT we are learning and what the GOALS of the standard are – what they should be able to do once I present and give them focused practice.
Here is an example of the standard we are currently working on in reading:
|The header is placed at the top with a clear description of the standard|
|Then, after gluing, students take notes on the standard and what it means before we dive into deep study|
So, how do you approach the Common Core in the dual language classroom with the limited resources there are out there in Spanish? Where do you get your non-fiction passages or articles for students to practice? I would love to hear.