So, with the common core being implemented for us next year, I've started revamping my lesson plans to incorporate these changes. I really don't think there's going to be too much to be changed, but it's definitely something I want to knock out this summer! So far, my biggest accomplishment is creating a cover for my new lesson plan binder...hey, it's a start!
The format just didn't lend itself to weekly planning, but instead to planning an entire unit at a time. Fine. I could do that. I sat down with my state standards and got to work developing unit plans. LOVE, LOVE, LOVE the unit plans! Planning in this way helped me see the big picture; you know what they say..."Begin with the end in mind." I was able to actually see the end of the unit from the beginning which helped me to stay focused and even plan for learning celebrations at the end of each unit. Now, my lesson plans for the year (and year to year) are complete - at least the meat of them. All I have to do is tweak them to continue making them better with new ideas or to meet my students' needs of that year.
Here's a glimpse of what is in my binder.
First, I must have my standards in one easy to read format with each subject on a single-page. Click the image below for the PDF that includes the following five pages: Reading Common Core, Writing/Language Common Core, Math Common Core, SC Social Studies, SC Science standards.