We are making the transition to common core standards this next year and have very little direction. (I've not been on these boards in a long time, either, so I've probably missed some good advice.) I am not overly worried about math, but reading/ELA has me baffled. We have been used to teaching with a basal reader....new vocab. weekly, a couple of targeted skills per week, a weekly story with comprehension questions, maybe a quiz over the story, and an assessment on Friday similar to our state test. Every 6 weeks we took unit tests to evaluate progress. In third grade I did small groups with leveled readers to practice fluency and comprehension. Writing class was separate, as was English. (BORING....) I feel totally in the dark as to how a common core ELA class/lessons should be set up to benefit the students in the best possible way. I still have to use my old basal reader, but have been given "permission" to skip around and use the stories in whatever order I need to. If anyone has advice on how you have already set up lessons or what you are planning to do, I'd appreciate hearing your input. Thanks.