What’s Your Plan, Stan? Creating a Math Road Map

Written by Donna Boucher

Donna has been a teacher, math instructional coach, interventionist, and curriculum coordinator. A frequent speaker at state and national conferences, she shares her love for math with a worldwide audience through her website, Math Coach’s Corner. Donna is also the co-author of Guided Math Workshop.

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.

15 Comments

  1. Amy B

    I was just trying to do this for next year!!!! You absolutely R.O.C.K.!!!!!!!!
    Thanks and hope your vacation was great!!!!
    Amy Burton

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    • Donna Boucher

      Hey Amy! Didn’t you know I read minds now? Ha ha. Vacation was awesome, but it’s so good to be home.

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  2. KinderKarla

    Thanks for this! Our team always takes our district curriculum map and makes it more user friendly and specific to our classrooms. It’s great to see another examples- ours looks very similar to this one. I am meeting with my team on Monday and I will be sure to share that we’re on track! Love your blog!
    Karla
    http://kinderkarla.blogspot.com

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    • Donna Boucher

      You’re welcome, Karla! Nice to hear that our road maps have similarities–validating for both of us!

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  3. AmberO

    I am very nervous about starting Common Core this year in FIRST because no one has talked about a road map! Maybe they will at our back to school meetings in August, but I’m just not the kind of teacher thats okay with getting those things the day before I get kiddos!! Any chance you’ll have a downloadable version for First Grade? 🙂

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    • Donna Boucher

      I’m totally with you, Amber! It would make me crazy waiting until August, especially when you’re just starting common core. A 1st grade version is a distinct possibility. Stay tuned… 🙂

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  4. Lindsay

    Donna,
    You are amazing!!! Thank you SO much for sharing! Can’t wait to explore the rest of your site.

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    • Donna Boucher

      Thanks, Lindsay, and welcome! 🙂

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  5. Neesa

    Hope you truly enjoyed your vacation. I love your connection about road mapping a trip and curriculum. I will use your map and bump it up for second grade. If you do create a map for my grade, I’d love it 🙂

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    • Donna Boucher

      Thanks, Neesa! I guess if I’m doing 1st, I could do 2nd. 🙂

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  6. Joy St.Germain

    Thanks for sharing this roadmap! Can’t wait to see the first grade version.

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  7. Anonymous

    Thanks! We are implementing Common Core this year. This will help a lot!

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  8. megandw

    Thanks for sharing! I love seeing how other teachers map out the year!

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  9. Anonymous

    Going to go ahead and ask for third too! I love your site and am so glad you are willing to share. Thanks!!

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    • Donna Boucher

      You guys are killing me! Ha ha. I’ll see what I can do. 🙂

      Reply

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