In short, the math workbook is a good resource and has been useful in my classroom especially for warm-up work and homework pages, but I would still love to see Carson-Dellosa put out a math resource that focuses on critical thinking high DOK tasks.
I also received Carson-Dellosa's Language Arts practice book. Like the math book, it includes some new resources that I really like as well as others that seem like more rote practice. One page I particularly liked asked students to read a set of dialogue written like the script from a play and write the next character's lines after making an inference. Because drama is a new focus in Common Core, I liked this opportunity to practice reading and writing in drama-style.
For the sake of transparency, I must say that I have not yet used any of the language arts practice pages in my classroom. In the past, I gave literacy practice pages for homework every night, but in recent years my district has shifted away from a heavy homework focus. My literacy block focuses on Shared Reading and a Daily 5 style guided reading block during which I don't use any worksheets or pencil and paper tasks other than my word work activities. So, while I like many of the materials, I haven't yet found a way to use them. Does that make sense?
Anyways, a big thank you to Carson-Dellosa for allowing me the opportunity to try these resources. I think they demonstrate a great step in the right direction for Carson-Dellosa as we all adapt to the Common Core way of teaching this year, and I look forward to seeing what Carson-Dellosa comes out with next.
(Ex. I would like to win Common Core Connections Language Arts, 1st grade.)
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Disclaimer: I was provided these materials in exchange for writing a review. I was not compensated in any other way, and all opinions expressed in this post reflect my own thoughts and ideas.