You guys know me by now. I am a huge spiral fan. I love anything that constantly reviews those key standards that they kids need to know. So I was super excited when Carson-Dellosa told me they were going to send me their new Common Core Language Arts 4 Today book! I am trying to get my hands on anything that will help me understand and implement the Common Core a little bit better in my room, and this looks like it just might work.
When I first opened the book, I noticed that there was a "problem a day" type feel to it. The students are given a sheet that has four days worth of practice on it, where they read a teeny passage and answer some questions. It starts off easier on Day 1 and progresses to be a bit more difficult by Day 4. Day 5 is always an assessment of the skills that were practiced during that week.
Some weeks are comprehension practice. Some weeks are grammar skills. Some weeks are spelling and word work. Every other week is writing practice. But each week follows the same pattern of 4 days of practice with one day of assessment.
This book has 40 weeks of practice with all of the language arts Common Core standards in 5th grade. There is a neat little chart to help you know which standards are covered in which weeks so you can be sure you are covering them.
Ok...so there is the overview of the book itself. Now, here is the big question...what do I think of it??
I like it and can see it being used in my room as a warm up or as additional homework. The comprehension pages can definitely be added into my routine for comprehension homework. I like the grammar pages as well. Those will come in handy when teaching those skills to the kids.
My only wish is that it was a bit more "mixed up". It seems like the standards are grouped together a bit too much for my taste (like, one whole week is comprehension, then another whole week is writing, then another whole week is grammar...you know me by now that I like those three things all within one week deal)
Other than that, I think this really is a great tool to have to get the kids thinking about those standards that they need to learn and internalize. It provides an easy way for the students to get daily practice in without overwhelming them or taking up too much class time (which we all know is at a premium!)
Now here is the best part. Carson-Dellosa is going to send one of you a copy of this book too! It really will help you to supplement your current classroom practice and give your kids more exposure to those Common Core standards. Who wouldn't want that?? All you have to do is enter the Rafflecopter below. I put a lot of different entry choices in there so that you can have many different ways to win (I know not everyone is on FB or Pinterest or whatever, so I wanted to have at least one way that you could enter....if not more) You have until Tuesday to enter....so get to it!!
(you have to be a US resident to win...so sorry about that international friends)
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