Friday, September 20, 2013

The "A, B, C's" of Grades ... Transition from Kindergarten to First GRADE

I'm BAAAAAACK! Feels like forever!  I have been overwhelmed with learning a new schedule, school & district, but I think I am finally getting settled in.  WHEW!  

I wanted to share a little something that my good friend, Katrina, and I came up with last year when helping our kinders transition from checklist report cards to graded ones.  Trying to verbally explain grades was TOO abstract for little ones, so we thought a visual would work much better... AND, GUESS WHAT??  IT DOES!
Check out the pics below.

Each time my kiddos get graded papers returned and are unsure "where they stand," they take their paper over to the grade scale/number line and are able to get a visual of where their grade lies within the grading system.  Not sure if you can tell in the picture, but the "A" & "B" are both green with a happy face symbol.  The "B" is lighter than the "A" just to show ranking.  The "C" has a flat mouth and anything under that I put in "the red."

NO MORE, "What is this grade?"  "Is this grade good?"  "Is this an "A""
NO MORE banging your head against the wall!  HA!
The scale does all the work for you!

WANT ONE FOR YOURSELF?  {and a FREE one at that!}

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{It comes with 2 versions ... One is A, B, C, F and the other, A, B, C, D, F.  I also included 2 sets of number ranges depending on what your district deems an "A" etc...



  1. We use "categorical grading" so instead of letters or percentages (which at least parents understand) we use Mastery, Proficient, Acceptable and Beginning. I do think I can use your scale to help my littles understand how to move up the scale towards Mastery. Thank you very much.

  2. Oh WOW, Jodi.... Could I make one that works for your grading system??