Sunday, October 7, 2012

My First Unit


My first attempt at the common core was accomplished with a unit about the Summer Olympics. I have very mixed emotions about the unit. It definitely wasn't the best teaching I've ever done but also not the worst. I will say, however, the students seemed to enjoy it and learned a lot about it. All but 2 passed the final test so they learned and that is a goal met.

The standards I focused on were Main Idea/Details, Summary, Compare/Contrast, and Homophones. Here and there I threw in some "unimportant" standards in a center just so they can start seeing it and knowing what it means.

Here is the bulletin board I did for it. The picture is a little cloudy because I had my lights out. It was taken at the beginning of the year when it was 200 degrees in the classrooms.

I hate these bulletin boards. Who makes a board from ceiling to bookshelf and the entire wall?!?!

The black paper hanging from the ceiling is what I did for my groups. Each group was a color of the olympic rings. Hopefully my next board will be a clearer picture.

Tuesday starts my next unit. I normally have the entire first half of the year organized and planned. I'm glad I didnt do that this year though because I need to change a lot of things I saw didn't work with my Olympic unit.


  1. Man than is one snazzy looking bulletin board :) Someone did some fine stapling if I say so myself!!

  2. Hello! I hope you are having a great day. :) I just mentioned you over at my blog, and I hope you will want to play the Boo Game/Linky Party. Thank you for everything you do!
    Do you happen to have an email? I would love to get you a gift card to Starbucks or TPT as your treat.
    I Love My Classroom

  3. Welcome to the struggles of Common Core! We used the Common Core across the board last year and had many many changes to our regular plans. It takes some getting used to for sure! I love your Olympic idea and I'm with you who creates a bulletin board that large! :)

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