I just got back from vacation, and I relied heavily on the “blue dot” in my iPhone mapping program to lead me in the right direction. Most of us wouldn’t think of traveling in new territories without some type of map. And yet often times we dive into a new year, sometimes even with a new curriculum, without a plan for teaching.
Many districts provide teachers with a scope and sequence to follow. That is, district personnel take the standards and map them out for the entire year, telling teachers at each grade level what they should teach and when they should teach it. That is not always the case however. If your district does not provide a scope and sequence, it’s a very good idea to create your own road map for the year.
A road map is not typically a detailed document, and there is no right way to do one. Basically, your goal is to lay out the standards across the year to make sure you can cover everything and teach it in a logical sequence. You then use the road map to make more detailed weekly and daily lesson plans.
The road map shown below is an example of how you could map out the Kindergarten common core standards for math. It assumes six 6-week grading periods, although it could easily be adapted for 9-week periods. It’s really just to give you an idea of how a road map could look. Click here to grab a copy that you can download and edit.