This Common Core Curriculum Map Organizer Tool is useful if you need assistance in meeting the Common Core in the most effective way possible. My first grade ELA co-teacher and I sat for fifteen minutes once a week to fill out the graphic organizer with dates and very brief notations under the appropriate month and next to the necessary strand. At the end of each month we were able to see what we had covered and what standards needed to be addressed. We were able to tell what activities were the most valuable and had covered multiple standards. Standards that were met frequently were given check marks in the graph to indicate which standards were constantly being revisited. We were able to use the graphic organizer to plan our lessons so that we were ensuring that we met the common core. At the end of the school year we used the tool to map out our yearly curriculum as well as reflect upon what our strengths and weaknesses were in meeting the standards. We were able to pinpoint what standards we needed to address the following year in a more efficient way. The monthly notes were added to the organizer after I realized that it would be helpful to be able to put assessments and professional development dates in the document. This tool was a valuable resource for us. Thank you Mrs. Asher, for working with me diligently in trying out one of my best organizers yet!