Hi Friends! I was using my day off to get caught up & ahead in my lesson plans so I thought I'd show you how I'm lesson planning. I am always looking for the best way to plan. I really like the way I've been planning for math so here it is! Disclaimer: This is not ground breaking!
This is my lesson template. It's a calendar (I JUST realized that says 2013 instead of 2014..oops!) Before I wrote any plans, I went through and set up my calendar with dates & important breaks/events. I really like the calendar format because that is how my mind works.
I teach 3 grade levels and have 5 different math groups (K curriculum, 1st, 2nd, & 3rd curriculums, and 1 who is too much of a mix between 2nd and 3rd to join either group) so I made a section for each math group in my binder.
This is my divider for group 3 who is working on the regular 3rd grade curriculum. I have 10 calendar pages that follow each groups divider page (September - June)
This is a closer look at my April plans for the group. The first week we have state tests. I don't teach ANYTHING on state test days. It's too much. Usually after testing, I have them play outside or watch movies. Each week, I have a weekly objective(s) listed so I don't have to write it 5 times. Then I briefly write what we are doing. For example, April 10th we are Reading tables and bar graphs. Materials for the lesson are on pages 305-308 in their lesson book (which is my version of their text book). This is far less than I have ever written before and it goes so-much-faster!
I pulled the objections & daily lesson descriptions straight from the math book I'm using. With all of these math groups doing different things it can get
completely a little overwhelming so I say if you are in a position like mine or are a new teacher - stick with the text book!
I use the same format for my writing plans as well.
How do you plan? Do you use textbooks for most of your math planning?