Common Core in the Content Areas
On Thursdays, I would like to start offering ideas for the Content Areas (Science and Social Studies) to incorporate the Common Core Standards.
These might be reading ideas, writing ideas, or even Math ideas. Initially, I will probably focus on text suggestions. With the Common Core Reading Standards placing so much emphasis on Informational Text I have tried to incorporate a lot more nonfiction into my read alouds this year.
I enjoy searching the library for nonfiction on topics we are exploring in Science and Social Studies. I try to always distinguish between which texts seem like they would be great for a project and which ones seem like they would read well aloud.
In Social Studies, we are studying Westward Expansionism. This week we read You Wouldn't Want to Be an American Pioneer by Jacqueline Morley. If you have not read any of the "You Wouldn't Want to Be" books, you are missing out. They are packed full of information on different history topics, are engaging to read, and the illustrations are funny. The kids always love these books and remember all of the details very well.
I hope you will consider linking up your own posts on how you incorporate the Common Core Standards in your Content Areas. I look forward to this being a weekly series.