Back to School! (Common Core Aligned Activities for Literacy and Math)

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This 88- paged unit it full of literacy and math centers that are perfect for the beginning of the school year. This centers will make transitioning into the new school year painless with 5 literacy centers, 5 math centers, 1 writing prompt, and 1 reading comprehension mini-book.

This activities were designed to help you get to know your class (interest inventory, all about me poster), collect baseline data (sample writing prompt, fact fluency station), and practice/ review skills that may have been forgotten over the summer (place value puzzles, phonics centers)

Here's a detailed list of what's included:

Literacy Centers:

Crazy Crayon Sort (sorting short vowel pictures into their correct vowel sound)

All About Me Poster (perfect to display on bulletin boards for open house)

Pick the Long vowel (clipping and encoding words with long vowels)

Clipboard Chatter (find a friend who... great for finding new friends in the classroom)

Interest Inventory

Math Centers:
Bus Stop Subtraction (subtracting numbers from 18 subtraction is the first unit in my district's Common Core Aligned math program so I like to start the year off with some subtraction practice)

How Do You Get Home (classroom survey and graphing activity)

Place Value Puzzles (matching puzzle pieces to teen numbers including number words, and base ten block representations)

Roll and Cover Dice Games (adding three dice, adding three dice +1, adding three dice -1) perfect for practicing facts to 18

Race to 20, 50 and 100 (differentiated game with three different boards)

Writing Prompt:

I always have my students start off the year by describing their summer vacation to me in a narrative format. A planning sheet and writing paper is included.

Literal Comprehension mini-book:

This simple to make mini-book is perfect to check your student's comprehension of their summer reading. This book requires the student to write or draw the characters, setting, problem, and solution of the book read. It also requires the student to go back into the text and select a favorite part and give text evidence.

This pack is Common Core Aligned:
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.1.1 Ask and answer questions about key details in a text.
CCSS.ELA-Literacy.RL.1.2 Retell stories, including key details, and demonstrate understanding of their central message or lesson.
CCSS.ELA-Literacy.RL.1.3 Describe characters, settings, and major events in a story, using key details.
CCSS.ELA-Literacy.RF.1.3b Decode regularly spelled one-syllable words.
CCSS.ELA-Literacy.RF.1.3c Know final -e and common vowel team conventions for representing long vowel sounds.
CCSS.ELA-Literacy.W.1.3 Write narratives in which they recount two or more appropriately sequenced events, include some details regarding what happened, use temporal words to signal event order, and provide some sense of closure
CCSS.ELA-Literacy.RL.2.1 Ask and answer such questions as who, what, where, when, why, and how to demonstrate understanding of key details in a text
CCSS.ELA-Literacy.RF.2.3a Distinguish long and short vowels when reading regularly spelled one-syllable words.
CCSS.ELA-Literacy.RF.2.3b Know spelling-sound correspondences for additional common vowel teams
CCSS.ELA-Literacy.W.2.3 Write narratives in which they recount a well-elaborated event or short sequence of events, include details to describe actions, thoughts, and feelings, use temporal words to signal event order, and provide a sense of closure.
CCSS.Math.Content.K.CC.A.1 Count to 100 by ones and by tens
CCSS.Math.Content.K.NBT.A.1 Compose and decompose numbers from 11 to 19 into ten ones and some further ones, e.g., by using objects or drawings, and record each composition or decomposition by a drawing or equation (such as 18 = 10 + 8); understand that these numbers are composed of ten ones and one, two, three, four, five, six, seven, eight, or nine ones.
CCSS.Math.Content.1.OA.C.6 Add and subtract within 20, demonstrating fluency for addition and subtraction within 10. Use strategies such as counting on; making ten (e.g., 8 + 6 = 8 + 2 + 4 = 10 + 4 = 14); decomposing a number leading to a ten (e.g., 13 – 4 = 13 – 3 – 1 = 10 – 1 = 9); using the relationship between addition and subtraction (e.g., knowing that 8 + 4 = 12, one knows 12 – 8 = 4); and creating equivalent but easier or known sums (e.g., adding 6 + 7 by creating the known equivalent 6 + 6 + 1 = 12 + 1 = 13)
CCSS.Math.Content.1.NBT.B.2a 10 can be thought of as a bundle of ten ones — called a “ten.”
CCSS.Math.Content.1.NBT.B.2b The numbers from 11 to 19 are composed of a ten and one, two, three, four, five, six, seven, eight, or nine ones
CCSS.Math.Content.2.OA.B.2 Fluently add and subtract within 20 using mental strategies.2 By end of Grade 2, know from memory all sums of two one-digit numbers

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