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What to do with a 2nd/3rd combo class?

May 15, 2013 7:28am

I will be teaching a 2nd/ 3rd combination class next year. How can I possibly teach 50% more content in the same amount of time. Our district has unit plans for CCSS for each grade. They don't match up. I have been told I cannot rearrange them to align them to match the content.... Any ideas.

  • English Language Arts / Math / Science / Social Studies / Technology
  • Pre K-5
  • Assessment / Common Core / Differentiation / Planning


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    • May 19, 2013 7:37am

      I like what Katy said below about the CCSS and its vertical alignment and I agree; I think that will help you, especially with math which is the one that would concern me. So, in math I would look standards-based instruction, which Katy called backwards planning. Use your questioning model to support conceptual development. One caution about math centers: it is hard to maintain engagement and constant on-task behavior. Also most centers are of low cognitive demand and while that is ok some times it is important to note. As far as reading I think using Daily 5 Café with a combo class would be ideal. You will be able to teach to the CCSS easily and your students.

      Good luck!

      • May 20, 2013 8:59am

        I totally agree with Katy that the CCSS has vertical alignment and you can definitely reach all learners in your class. You may want to look into Universal Design for Learning, which is a curriculum design process that allows for learners of significant variability. You can create assignments that incorporate CCSS which can be easily adapted to the different materials.

        Good luck!

        • May 18, 2013 1:18pm

          As the teacher in a multi grade special education class I understand how frustrating this situation is! I've found that a center based approach enables me to address different CCSSin my class of 3rd - 6th graders. While I'm working with one grade level, my other students are working on their computer assisted reading or math program or are involved with a writing, word study or math skills center. Although this does involve a great deal of planning, all students are engaged and productive throughout the day. Good luck to you!
          Eileen Ratto
          Babylon, New York