Backwards Planning for School Year Success Part 2
Are you ready to begin year curriculum mapping and planning for next school year? Let’s get started!
In Part One I mentioned the importance of being the expert of your grade level standards. Thorough understanding of what is required will help simplify your direction and ensure your kiddos are getting exactly what they need to not only be successful in your classroom, but in the following grade levels as well.
Produce and expand complete simple and compound declarative, interrogative, imperative, and exclamatory sentences in response to prompts.
Where Do You Want to Go?
How to Begin
- Start with a grid noting all of the standards.
- Beside each standard place a box for each trimester. (If you are on a semester system you may only want two boxes.)
- In each box note which assignments or lessons you do that tackle and/or assess that standard in that grading period.
- Note any mandated district assessments for that standard as well. If it is mandated, you MUST put priority to covering that standard effectively prior to that assessment date.
- Denote trimesters where that standard may not be appropriate (gray boxes shown). Generally this is a timing thing. Either the concept is difficult for early in the year, or too easy for later in the year.
- Start with the end goal. The last trimester. The most complicated standards or objectives and step your way to the beginning of the year with that standard. The is the “How will we get there?” step.
In those ELA sample pages above I noted district assessments in red. As you can see, I do not have adequate assessments from the district, so I need to pull from my resources. That’s not a problem. You can use nearly ANYTHING that addresses the standard as an assessment. Maybe it’s something you’ve done for years, but you’ve never actually graded it. Start grading it. Maybe it’s something you will have the kids do on a simple blank journal page. Plan AHEAD to have something to teach, progress monitor and assess for each standard. It doesn’t have to be lengthy – just accurate to the standard.
Click here for a FREE blank copy of these standards mastery maps for the 1st grade CCSS. Although you can use Google Drive to edit this file, I recommend using Excel to ensure proper alignment and margins.
Making Curriculum Work
Unify Your Scopes and Sequences
- reading foundational skills as those standards apply to phonics
- word work
- independent work
- morning work
- guided reading group lessons
- whole group lessons
- language and phonic skills assessments
The point here is, taking a bit from curriculum A, assessment B, worksheet C, and game/word work activity D will not be seamless unless they are all focused on the same standard or concept. CONSISTENCY is KEY! Our goal is mastery. The kiddos need to be fully immersed in the concept.
Wrapping it Up