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Implementing the Kindergarten Common Core Lit Standards/Flex Course


Are you struggling with how to effectively implement the kindergarten Common Core Standards? This online course is designed for teachers who want to understand and implement the Common Core Reading Standards for Literature at the kindergarten level. By the end of this course, teachers will fully understand the scope of the Common Core Standards and have an in-depth knowledge of the specific Literature Standards at the kindergarten level. Teachers also gain valuable classroom activity ideas and handouts as well as a wealth of recommended literature lists. This course is worth 3 ⅓ semester units/5 quarter units from UC San Diego Extension. For detailed information on university credit, click here.

"Excellent content and resources. I absolutely love all of the teaching ideas for each section and strand of the Common Core Standards. The book lists for all of the lesson plans were wonderful." - Rachel Gamble


Enrollment Options

Register] Course Registration Only $149

Register]Course Plus Credit from UC San Diego Extension Only $379


Required Resource Book: This course has a modestly-priced required resource book (available in both new and used versions) that can be purchased through Amazon using the following link. Note that you can begin and participate in your course before the book arrives.

Kindergarten Literacy” by Anne McGill-Franzen

If you are registering for multiple courses, use the following link to access the book list for all PDI courses with direct purchase links through Amazon. PDI Course Resource Book List


Topical Outline / Click here to request a copy of the detailed syllabus

PDI Course Number: 51T02

UCSD Course Number: EDUC41437  

Unit One

  • Introduction to Common Core Standards
  • Introduction to Common Core Reading Standards for Literature
  • Recommended Children's Books
  • Books Used in the Course
  • Assignment #1: Write an autobiography
  • Test #1

Unit Two

  • Basic Print Concepts: Understanding Author and Illustrator
  • Understanding Character
  • Understanding Setting
  • Understanding Major Events (Plot)
  • Assignment #2: Article reflection
  • Test #2

Unit Three

  • Questioning Techniques
  • Retelling Stories
  • Assignment #3: Share your expertise
  • Test #3

Unit Four

  • Unknown Words
  • Compare and Contrast Characters
  • Grouping Strategies
  • Test #4

Unit Five

  • Introduction to Poetry
  • Using Children's Literature to Reinforce Other Common Core Standards
  • Books Just for Kindergarten
  • Test #5

Unit Six

  • Going Beyond: Using Literature to Reinforce Common Core Math Standards
  • Parent Support
  • Assignment #4: Develop a book list
  • Assignment #5: Reading/Learning Log (Based on required resource book)