On this page I have tried to combine all the things I do to make planning easier.  This is still an area that I work hard on!


          Below are links to the different kinds of planning forms that I use in my classroom. 


         I have found that it is much easier to plan in units rather than a day at a time.  When I plan for reading, I plan the entire book.  When I plan for Social Studies I plan the topic from beginning to end and the create the test and study guide.  It takes more time initially, but I feel it saves time in the end.




Social Studies

Sub Lesson Plans

Daily/ Weekly Lesson Planning

Long Range Planning

Do It Yourself: Plan Book

Do It Yourself: Guided Reading Book




I use this form to plan each group

Reading Group Lesson Plan


Here is another version of my reading plans.  I like this one because it caters more to my style of what I will be doing at the beginning, middle and end of a book/ groups.

Guided Reading Lesson Plan


I use this form to figure out the "big picture" and what the class is doing while I am  working with small groups.

Guided Reading Plan


This is another version of my "big picture" reading plans.  I just created this one and prefer it to the other one.  This plan allows for two weeks verse one.  The last box is blanks and this is an activity that will be changing (it may be partner reading, working on strategy sheets or a project).

Guided Reading Whole Class Plan


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Social Studies Units

When I am planning a unit I usually type the plans in this format.  I often use this with my Social Studies units.  I have a binder for each unit and I just put the plans in the front of the binder.  At the end of the unit I jot down notes of what did and didn't work for the next year. 

Unit Lesson Plans

To see examples of my Social Studies Units click here.


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Sub Plans


These are the plans that I usually leave for a sub.  Next year I am thinking that I want to use some kind of computer lesson plans.  I am not sure if these are the ones I want to use, but I may use some form of these.  I like these plans because they leave detailed instructions for the subs about routines.  This is an already filled out example.

Daily Lesson Plans



Another website with great examples of what information to leave for substitutes is  Mrs. Levin's Pre-K pages.  Under the section "Organize It" she has an extensive list of what she keeps in her sub binder.  She also has printable examples!  Very impressive!  I am going to have to try to put this together this summer for my own classroom!!!


Mrs. Levin's Substitute Binder Info (scroll down)


Another excellent website for substitute information is Mrs. Smith's Third Grade.  She has a substitute binder as well and has included MANY of the printables she uses as well.  Her lesson plans are excellent- VERY clear!!!!


Mrs. Smith's Substitute Information Page


Here is a great site on how to create a sub packet from JC Schools.


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A friend of mine from school has agreed to share her lesson plans when there is a sub.  She teaches Kindergarten so she must be quite through when there is a sub!  Thanks Audra!

Audra's Sub Lesson Plans




Daily/Weekly Lesson Plans


I decided this year I want to move away form my standard issue plan book that the school gives me.  I like the idea of a big binder because I think it will give me more flexibility and I can individualize my plans more.  We will see!  These sheets will replace my weekly lesson plan book.  Feel free to use these and adapt them.  Please remember I only teach Language Arts so they may not exactly fit your needs.  Hopefully you can adapt them.

2005-2006 Weekly Lesson Planning page 1

2005-2006 Weekly Lesson Planning page 2


This year I am going to *try* something new with my lesson plans.  I really liked one of the templates posted below.  Instead of reading the days down the page and the subjects across a two page spread, it is flip flopped. I hope it doesn't confuse me too much!!!


I also got rid of the section for guided reading I included last year because it seemed redundant.  I keep this information in my guided reading book with my guided reading materials where I will actually USE it.


 However, I like to extra room for positive recognition, homework and meetings.  I think this will keep me more organized.  I may even type my lesson plans this year, instead of print and handwrite them in, I can't decided yet!!


2006-2007 Weekly Lesson Planning


 8/06- I had a hard time getting my template to look exactly how I wanted it to look.  Finally I gave up and now I am using the old fashion plan book.  It will be interesting to see how I like it.


8/07 I decided I wanted to go back to the computer plan template.  The handwriting was ok, but I often plan when I am on the computer searching for ideas, so it seems easier to use a template.  I can also customize it better to suit my needs.  Another new addition is I have decided t type my lesson plans, instead of handwrite them into a template.   I wanted to do this because I can cut and paste lessons as well as save them from year to year.  So far I really like this template because I can create my to do list right as I type the lessons in the far column!


2007-2008 School Year page 1

2007-2008 School Year page 2





A friend of mine from school has agreed to share lesson plans .  She teaches Kindergarten and has created her lesson plans to look more like a planner and can be opened as an Excel spreadsheet.  Thanks Audra!

Audra's Lesson Planner


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Links to Other Lesson Plans Templates


These website has several different versions of lesson plans.  Check them out.  Some are great!





http://markives.net/- These need to be downloaded, but WOW, they are great.



These lessons were submitted by a Proteacher visitor.  She agreed to share her awesome plans, but asked not to be named!  They are really well organized.  There are two templates. One is an Excel file she used in 2004.  The other is a word document for the 2005 school year.


2004 Excel Lesson Plans

2005 Word Lesson plans


Here are another set of wonderful weekly lesson plans shared by a Proteacher visitor.  She also said she did not want to be named, but I love how her plans are so well organized.  Check it out

Weekly Lesson Plans

Weekly Lesson Plans as a template


This is a nice change of pace. This daily lesson plan was shared by MNolan from Pennsylvania.  Very organized and would be really helpful for a substitute!

Daily Lesson Page One

Daily Lesson Plan Page Two


These very well organized lesson plans are from Melanie Diminnie, a kindergarten teacher.  She writes, "I teach kindergarten.  I have a page for each day, but I duplex copy the Monday/Tuesday pages and Wednesday/Thursday pages to save paper, and then run the Fridays separately. Several teachers at my school have copied my templates because they like them.  Sometimes instead of photocopying the templates and writing in the lessons, I type them and just print the plans. If you do this, something that I have found helpful is to make the font for the “out of the room” times, like lunch and specials, a different color. This seems to help subs especially."


Monday Lesson Plans

Tuesday Lesson Plans

Wednesday Lesson Plans

Thursday Lesson Plans

Friday Lesson Plans


Also, check out her well organized site for parents and teachers,  http://mrsdiminnie.com  

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Long Range Planning

I love the concept of long range planning.  I love being able to see where I am going and being able to integrate all the subjects.  So when I am teaching determining importance in reading nonfiction, we can work on how to writing and informational writing AND match that up to my favorite science unit (life cycles or solar system, its a toss up!).  It is easier for students to see the connections between the subjects when I can see the connections!!!

Here is a copy of the map I used in fourth grade. It still needs a good deal of work, but it can give you an idea.  Here is a blank copy of the map.


 I have also created a curriculum map for second grade.  I prefer this style of map because it is color coded and I am crazy like that!!! : ) I modeled/ copied this after a map I found on www.hellofirstgrade.com


I have also just started working on my long range Language Arts plans.  I thought is may help me with my pacing because I have a really bad habit of dragging things out and beating and totally dead horse!!!  Of course, most likely I will already be off track by September, but it is worth a shot!!!

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Do It Yourself: Plan Book

My goal this year is to create a plan book that is really useful and I intend to use ALL parts of the book.  As I said before our school gives us the standard issue one, but I want to customize my own.  In this section I will try to show what I will be adding in the book.  Some of it may be repeated from above, so I apologize.  Also, since this is my first year using this method so I will be sorting my way through this process! 


I intend of having several sections.  These sections will be separated using dividers with pockets. I figured the pockets would be useful.  I also bought the white binder with the clear pocket on the front and back to hold information.


SECTION ONE:  Weekly Lesson Plans

                           Weekly Lesson Planning page 1

                           Weekly Lesson Planning page 2


SECTION TWO: Parent Communication log. 

In this section I will have all my kids vital information listed in the top white box.  The other boxes will be used to document any phone calls. 

                           Parent Phone Log in Excel

UPDATE: I got lazy on this one!  Instead of typing in all the information into the neat and tidy spread sheet I made, I simply hole punched the list the school gave me with all the information on it.  After the class information sheet I have notebook paper with a child's name on each sheet.  I write any contact I have had (or tried to have) with parents on the child's sheet of paper.  Not as neat, but much easier!!!


This is a parent communication log that was shared by another teacher at my school.  Thanks, Kathleen!


SECTION THREE:  State Objectives

List of all the state objectives.  I have a list of all the objectives and the indicators that the students have mastered the objectives.  We are provided this list by our county.


SECTION FOUR: Long Range planning 

In this section I have the curriculum map we created as a grade level.  I also have my personal curriculum map that I created from our grade level map.  This might sounds repetitive, but my personal map is much more detailed than the grade level map. 


SECTION FIVE: Grading Rubrics 

Our grade level uses a reading rubric that assigns a level a numerical grade, a writing rubric that assigns a writing stage a grade and a fluency rubric.  I want to keep a copy of these on hand.


SECTION SIX: Calendar of Events

 My school prints a monthly calendar with all important events and meetings posted in it.  This may be a section in the binder, or it will be slipped into the back clear pocket of my plan book.


In the back pocket I keep a spiral notebook for grade level meetings.  I simply take the spiral with me when I want to take notes about the meeting.


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Do It Yourself: Guided Reading Book

     I keep this binder with me whenever I am teaching guided reading.  It has all the useful information I could use, right at my finger tips.  I started this one last year (which led to me creating my own plan book) and have been adding to it to make it more useful.  A few teachers in my school have one and I have been asking them for tips!!


SECTION ONE: What is everyone else doing during Guided Reading?

                           Guided Reading Whole Class Plan


SECTION TWO, THREE, FOUR and FIVE: Reading group lesson plans

  Since I usually have four groups there will be four dividers labeled with lesson plans for each group in each section.

                           Guided Reading Lesson Plan


SECTION SIX: Long Range planning

  I was able to observe at another wonderful, local school.  They had created curriculum maps in language arts and then shared them with our school.  I have taken the maps and edited them to fit my needs.  These plans are great because they keep me on my toes.  I also include a match up of the seven Mosaic of Thought Strategies to reading skills.  I DID NOT create this list.  It was posted on the Mosaic List Serve and of course I did not save who posted it.  I THINK it came from this website.

                          Strategy Match Up Sheet


SECTION SEVEN: Grading Rubrics

  Our grade level uses a reading rubric that assigns a level a numerical grade, a writing rubric that assigns a writing stage a grade and a fluency rubric.  I want to keep a copy of these on hand.


SECTION EIGHT: What to say when....

These are sheets with ideas for what to say to a student who is not monitoring for meaning, using visual cues, etc.


SECTION NINE: Blank copies

Blank copies of lesson plans and whole class plans.


SECTION TEN: Mentor text

  This is a list of books with strategies matched up.  These are al from the Mosaic Tools website.  I highly recommend visiting it.  There is SO much information on this site!!!

                       Picture Books and Strategies

                       Using Picture books in the Upper Grades


SECTION ELEVEN:  Notes for me!

 This is just notebook paper.  Here I plan out where I am going with my mini lessons.


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