I've worked hard to get my own head around the CCSS this year, particularly with regard to Non-Fiction, as we have focused heavily on this in PD this year. I've also worked hard with my class to help them learn exactly what the expectations are of them as readers of informational text with regard to the standards. Lastly, I've taken some time to examine the 3rd and 4th grade RIT standards, in order to have a sense of what should (hopefully) be in place for the majority of my kids when they get to 5th grade. As with most things we do for the 1st time, I'll be much better at it next year. Trial and error helps a lot.
Part of what I think will help my kids is a clear sense of the standards in their own words. I've had my 5th Grade "I Can" Statement posters up in my shop for quite a bit, and I've added 3rd and 4th grade to the mix as well:
Click on any of the above to find out more. To celebrate my upcoming February break next week, I'll be giving away 3 sets of these puppies to the 1st three people who comment. Make sure to leave a note about your grade level preference!