Monday, July 1, 2013

Tips for Curriculum Planning {Mapping, Long Range Plans, Year-Long Planner}




As you start to think about the school year, it is helpful to first think about “the Big Picture,” What is it that you want and need to cover during your overall time with your students? Creating and utilizing curriculum maps (also referred to as pacing guides, long-range plans, year at a glance planning, etc) will allow you to be sure that all concepts and standards for your grade level are covered. It will also help you to better integrate subject areas for a cross-curricular approach to teaching.


In preparation for the year ahead, it would be a good idea to start thinking about what you’ll need to cover and create your own curriculum maps to guide your plans.  This will be especially useful as you come across new ideas, themes, books, and projects. 

I suggest using the following approach:
  • Begin by jotting down all of the major themes and big ideas that you’ll be teaching. Determine if there are seasonal activities that you want to include. For example, I like to do my Pilgrim and Wampanoag Projects in November, Gingerbread in December and my Plant Unit in May.
  • Think about read alouds you want to share with your class. How long will they take? When would be a good time to read them? Do they align with any concepts or themes?
  • After you have established the “Big Ideas” you can start looking at the nitty-gritty: specific standards, lessons and pacing.
  • Consider your district’s requirements. If they have created a pacing guide you’ll want to use it to form your own long-range plans.


I actually like to use Post-It Notes {check out my Post-It Note To Do List Organizer if you are obsessed like me}.
 I then like to create two sets of week-by-week plans. One is short and sweet and makes it easy to see things at a glance. 


The other is a bit more detailed. It is where I jot down ideas for lessons, books to go with the lessons, project ideas etc.


You’ll be happy you took the time to organize your overall plans for the year. The plans will ensure that you allocate sufficient time to cover each standard and objective and will provide a framework for building your teaching units.



I have created an editable Curriculum Map Packet that may be helpful.

The packet comes in four different formats and all are included. There is a colored version (featuring aqua chevron) and an ink-saving black and white version (which looks fantastic when printed onto colored paper). Each of those versions comes bundled as a PDF which preserves the look of the product and can be written on by hand and an editable Powerpoint version.




For more tips and ideas on organizing and managing your classroom please check out my Clutter-Free Guide along with my Teaching Procedures and Routines Workbook. This post is part of:
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62 comments:

  1. Thank you for the freebie! It is going to be so helpful.


    Meagan
    Oodles of Teaching Fun

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    1. Thanks Megan! :) Jodi from www.CFClassroom.com

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  2. Thank you so very much!

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  3. Wow! A lot of forethought and effort went into this pack obviously. Thank you so much for sharing and making like a little easier for myself and others. The kids benefit in the end, don't they? Thank you!

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    1. Thanks so much for your comment. I love your perspective. :) Jodi from www.CFClassroom.com

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  4. What a great resource! Thank you!

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  5. Thank you for this resource! It will definitely be a useful tool!

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    1. Thanks Kim! Glad to hear it! :) Jodi from www.CFClassroom.com

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  6. Thank you so much for this! I was looking to get something like this to get more organized!

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    1. You're welcome Kristina! I'm glad this will help! :) Jodi from www.CFClassroom.com

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  7. Not surprisingly, this summer of freebies is off to an excellent start. Thanks for giving us a free product that you obviously put a great deal of thought and time into!

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  8. Thank you. This is wonderful. Can't wait to see what other great stuff you have for us. :)

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    1. Thanks so much! Its going to be an exciting Summer! :) Jodi from www.CFClassroom.com

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  9. Thank you. This is wonderful. Can't wait to see what other great stuff you have for us. :)

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  11. Awesome resource! I can't wait to organized with this!
    Rambling About Reading

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    1. Thanks Jess! :) Jodi from www.CFClassroom.com

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  12. What a gold mine! Makes me want to dive in on it as soon as I run it off! Thanks so much for making it a freebie.

    Jill
    a-little-red-wagon

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    1. Thanks Jill! Don't forget to take a little time off for Summer vacation first! :) Jodi from www.CFClassroom.com

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  13. Thank you, thank you, thank you! I can't wait to use this to plan out my year! (It's summer...Did I just say that??? ;) )

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    1. Thanks Mrs Black! Sometimes I think we could all use a reminder that its Summer :) Jodi from www.CFClassroom.com

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  15. Thanks for the planning freebie. I can't wait to give it a try!
    Chrissy
    First Grade Found Me

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  16. Wow!! This is such a wonderful resource you are sharing with us!!! Thank you so much!

    Chelsea
    Fifth Grade Wit and Whimsy

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  17. Thank you! This will be so helpful for planning with my team!

    Courtney
    4thGradeSprinkles

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    1. Thanks Mrs. Elmer! I'm glad to hear it will be helpful! :) Jodi from www.CFClassroom.com

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  18. I just got the e-mail in my in-box at 6:23 pm!! Is there any way to make the freebie available?

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    1. Hi Kim,
      I'm sorry you missed it. I do not actually send out the emails. Blogger auto-generates them, but I don't have any control on when they are sent. I do post about the freebies in Facebook in real time. If you don't have a Facebook account I would suggest checking in periodically throughout the day. The length of time the product is available as a free download directly correlates to the amount of time it took to create it. They are all available for a minimum of 3 hours however many will remain free forever. My policy is that once a freebie becomes a paid item in my store inventory it remains that way. This is out of fairness to the people who have since purchased the product. Thank you for your understanding.

      :) Jodi from www.CFClassroom.com



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  19. I just got the email too..so bummed I missed this :(

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    1. Hi Sidra,
      I'm sorry you missed it. I do not actually send out the emails. Blogger auto-generates them, but I don't have any control on when they are sent. I do post about the freebies in Facebook in real time. If you don't have a Facebook account I would suggest checking in periodically throughout the day. The length of time the product is available as a free download directly correlates to the amount of time it took to create it. They are all available for a minimum of 3 hours however many will remain free forever. My policy is that once a freebie becomes a paid item in my store inventory it remains that way. This is out of fairness to the people who have since purchased the product. Thank you for your understanding.

      :) Jodi from www.CFClassroom.com

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  20. I missed it too! :( Got the email at 3:23 my time (Arizona-Pacific Time).

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    1. I'm sorry you missed it. I do not actually send out the emails. Blogger auto-generates them, but I don't have any control on when they are sent. I do post about the freebies in Facebook in real time. If you don't have a Facebook account I would suggest checking in periodically throughout the day. The length of time the product is available as a free download directly correlates to the amount of time it took to create it. They are all available for a minimum of 3 hours however many will remain free forever. My policy is that once a freebie becomes a paid item in my store inventory it remains that way. This is out of fairness to the people who have since purchased the product. Thank you for your understanding.

      :) Jodi from www.CFClassroom.com

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  21. I'm a first year teacher and would love to have this pack, however I missed it too :( I couldn't get to my computer to download and my iPad won't download a ZIP file. Is there any way you could email the file please?

    Sami
    sabaumann02@gmail(dot).com

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    1. Hi Sami,
      I've never tried to download a zip file onto my iPad, however someone posted on Facebook about an app that may be able to do it. My policy is that once a freebie becomes a paid item in my store inventory it remains that way. This is out of fairness to the people who have since purchased the product. Thank you for your understanding.

      :) Jodi from www.CFClassroom.com

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  22. I missed it as well. I received the email at 6:23. 25 minutes ago.:(

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    1. Hi Jeanne,
      I'm sorry you missed it. I do not actually send out the emails. Blogger auto-generates them, but I don't have any control on when they are sent. I do post about the freebies in Facebook in real time. If you don't have a Facebook account I would suggest checking in periodically throughout the day. The length of time the product is available as a free download directly correlates to the amount of time it took to create it. They are all available for a minimum of 3 hours however many will remain free forever. My policy is that once a freebie becomes a paid item in my store inventory it remains that way. This is out of fairness to the people who have since purchased the product. Thank you for your understanding.

      :) Jodi from www.CFClassroom.com

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  23. Oh I had the late email problem too. It emailed me the post at 6:23pm. I wouldn't have really seen the post without Bloglovin' (Thanks!) but I missed the update time on the post. Oh and a note for those iPad users, if you choose to use your iPad to download freebies that are zip files, make sure you get the upgraded version of Downloads (in App Store) at $1.99. The free version does not let you download zip files. And when you are ready to email it to yourself, type in the http website in your Settings.
    I learned all of that today as I needed to download your Flash Freebie, not knowing that it was on a time limit. As the first post version just said at 1pm to the present time EST.
    But check the Editable version as it messed up when I downloaded and you were missing some of the weeks pages on your Year-Long Curriculum. Thanks for the freebie!:)
    Kinders on the Block

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    1. Thanks Desiree for the information. This will be helpful for iPad users!

      :) Jodi from www.CFClassroom.com

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  24. I can't believe I missed such an awesome Freebie! I just got in from celebrating Canada day with my family and saw this. I was so excited! Now I'm not. Hopefully I can catch the next one.

    Mrs. D Reading with Mrs. D

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    1. Hi Mrs D,
      I'm sorry you missed it. I do not actually send out the emails. Blogger auto-generates them, but I don't have any control on when they are sent. I do post about the freebies in Facebook in real time. If you don't have a Facebook account I would suggest checking in periodically throughout the day. The length of time the product is available as a free download directly correlates to the amount of time it took to create it. They are all available for a minimum of 3 hours however many will remain free forever. My policy is that once a freebie becomes a paid item in my store inventory it remains that way. This is out of fairness to the people who have since purchased the product. Thank you for your understanding.

      :) Jodi from www.CFClassroom.com

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  25. I received the email post @ 6:23 p.m. EST. I would love to receive this flash freebie, too.
    Toyia
    torewilli371@yahoo.com

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    1. Hi Toyla,
      I'm sorry you missed it. I do not actually send out the emails. Blogger auto-generates them, but I don't have any control on when they are sent. I do post about the freebies in Facebook in real time. If you don't have a Facebook account I would suggest checking in periodically throughout the day. The length of time the product is available as a free download directly correlates to the amount of time it took to create it. They are all available for a minimum of 3 hours however many will remain free forever. My policy is that once a freebie becomes a paid item in my store inventory it remains that way. This is out of fairness to the people who have since purchased the product. Thank you for your understanding.

      :) Jodi from www.CFClassroom.com

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  26. Me too 6:23...so bummed :-(

    Laura

    j-l_2k12@hotmail.com

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    1. Hi Laura,
      I'm sorry you missed it. I do not actually send out the emails. Blogger auto-generates them, but I don't have any control on when they are sent. I do post about the freebies in Facebook in real time. If you don't have a Facebook account I would suggest checking in periodically throughout the day. The length of time the product is available as a free download directly correlates to the amount of time it took to create it. They are all available for a minimum of 3 hours however many will remain free forever. My policy is that once a freebie becomes a paid item in my store inventory it remains that way. This is out of fairness to the people who have since purchased the product. Thank you for your understanding.

      :) Jodi from www.CFClassroom.com

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  27. I am obsessed with post-its as well!! And these look great :)

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    1. Thanks Chandler! I love post-its and am always running out!

      :) Jodi from www.CFClassroom.com

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  28. Thanks for yesterdays freebie! IAm looking foreard to today's!
    Deb

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  29. This is awesome! I love it! I get your TPT emails that something has been posted the next day (I just received the one for this packet now) do you know if its something I am doing wrong on my end? Oh well of to purchase it.. perfect timing since I am at home and starting to work on next year! After coming back from a few months of maternity leave, I need to slowly start prepping myself to go back to work! =)

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    1. Hi Christy,
      Blogger and TpT auto-generates the email alerts, but I don't have any control on when they are sent. I do post about the freebies in Facebook in real time. If you don't have a Facebook account you could also check in periodically on the blog throughout the day. I hope this helps!

      Thank you!
      :) Jodi from www.CFClassroom.com

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  30. You are awesome and beyond generous! And your fingernails look fabulous!!!

    Lisa

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    1. You just made my day :) Jodi from www.CFClassroom.com

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  31. I am an organizational nightmare! This is just what I needed! I feel I have a starting point now! Thank you so much!

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  32. Hi Stacy, You're very welcome. Everyone can learn to be organized. Stick with it. :) Jodi

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  33. In the picture titled "year at a glance summary sheets" what is the book to your left?

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