.... from a small rural school in Elbert, Colorado.

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Friday, July 13, 2012

Curriculum Maps and a Freebie

Okay - I know I've been gone for awhile. Since my last post; my youngest daughter turned 15 (party time), my husband turned ??? (another party), my oldest daughter had a 4th of July party for a bunch of teenagers, I celebrated my 21st wedding anniversary, I presold 6 puppies that I’m still cleaning up after every day, we bought an old garage in town that we are remodeling for our church, and on and on and on.  I think things are slowing down a bit now.

Our school adopted a curriculum map, and is converting to standard based instruction.  All of us are asked to use the textbooks as a resource only and to find resources online and elsewhere to create curriculum to match the maps.  This has been a challenge to say the least.  I’ve been working on it for 3 weeks now and have not even completed the 2 weeks that we will be in school in August. 

Adapted from WBT - Chris Biffle

 I’m including, as a freebie, one ELA standard (CCSS:RF3.4.a or CAS:2.3.b.i *- "Read grade level text with purpose and understanding") I’ve completed so far to give you an idea of what it looks like and maybe even for you to use. I will be using "The Daily Five" and "Whole Brain Teaching" this year so I'm aligning everything to these models as you will see if you download it through TpT You can click on "freebie", "TpT" or the pictures to download it.  I’m really hoping to find someone else out there who is or has had to do the same thing. I’ve found lots of ideas in blog-land and pinterest and the internet but I’m nowhere close to being ready for the new year to begin.  I can’t take a month to plan for a month.  I really need to get this figured out, so if anyone has any ideas please share.  I need help.  Thanks!

*CAS = Colorado academic standards
CCSS = Common core state standards


  1. Thank you for this *freebie*. My oldest niece turns 15 on Sunday. Where does the time go???

    I am happy to be your newest follower. I would love for you to hop over and visit me when you get the chance. =)

    Heather's Heart

  2. Thanks a lot. I will definitely check out your blog, too.


  3. Hi Carolyn...I found your blog today and have given you an award. Please stop by to pick it up (and enter my first-ever giveaway). I am now a follower and I look forward to reading all of your ideas.