Saturday, July 28, 2012

Pacing Guides and Common Core Center Activities


The district has released revised pacing guides for reading, math, and science. The writing pacing guides will be available by July 31, 2012. You can access them via Learning Village found at

Also, FCRR has aligned center activities for Language and Reading Foundational Skills to the Common Core. You can access the activities for K-5 at

Friday, July 27, 2012

Differentiated Instruction Tracking: Kinder

Our fabulous K teachers came up with these sound tracking and monitoring sheets for DI during the '11-'12 school year. Download them below:

DI Spreadsheet Checklist
DI Individual Student Folders

Month by Month Sight Word Tracking:


Thursday, July 26, 2012

MDCPS Reading/Writing Rigorous Planners

The Division of Language Arts has provided some planning templates that may be helpful to you as you prepare for the upcoming school year. A special thank you to Ms. Perry who has shared these documents from the district Grade 3 Common Core training she attended earlier in the summer. Click the picture to download the editable planner.

Grade 3 Writing Planner

Planning for a Rigorous Reading Lesson
Planning for Instructional Rigor
Daily Planner

Friday, July 20, 2012

Donor's Choose

A special congratulations to all of the participants of our May PD on Grant Writing! All of the projects submitted as follow-ups for this session were recently funded. That is well over $3,500 worth of materials coming to our school this fall!

If you haven't created a project yet, now is a great time to start. This is a great way to get those much needed resources for your classroom. Go to for more information.

The following teachers were recently funded:

Ms. Kohn
Ms. Rivera
Ms. Mangan
Ms. Seaman
Ms. Lazier
Ms. Franklyn
Ms. Carerro
Ms. Perry
Ms. Chapman
Ms. Goldberg
Ms. Willis
Ms. Chambers
Ms. Smith
Ms. Lawson

Way to go!

Thursday, July 5, 2012

Wednesday, July 4, 2012

Common Core: Professional Reading

Common Core is here! Below please find the suggested list of professional reading texts for the Common Core.
  • Pathways to the Common Core: Accelerating Achievement by Lucy Calkins, Mary Ehrenworth and Christopher Lehman
  • Common Core Curriculum Maps in ELA, Grades K-5 by Common Core (Common Core Series)
  • The Common Core Lesson Book, K-5: Working with Increasingly Complex Literature, Informational Text, and Foundational Reading Skills by Gretchen Owocki
  • Text Complexity: Raising Rigor in Reading by Nancy Frey and Diane Lapp Douglas
  • Teaching Students to Read Like Detectives: Comprehending, Analyzing, and Discussing Text by  Douglas Fisher, Nancy Frey  and Diane Lapp Douglas
  • Teaching the Youngest Writers: A Practical Guide by Marcia Freeman - Primary 
  • Building a Writing Community: A Practical Guide by Marcia Freeman - Intermediate
If you have a copy of any of these books and are willing to allow your colleagues to borrow, please comment on this post with the titles that you are willing to share. Thanks!