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Common Core Lesson Plan Organizers for Math and ELA
In trying to keep everything straight, I turned to a lesson tracking organizer that I created lasted year when I was trying to determine how well the lessons I was teaching in our old curriculum matched the Common Core Standards. This week, I thought I would share my lesson tracking organizers with other teachers who may be feeling as overwhelmed as I am right now or who would like to know they are on the right track with their daily lessons.
How Do I Use Them?
I keep these organizers at my fingertips in my all-in-one binder
that also houses my lesson plans and grade book. I document which
standards my lessons are hitting as I teach them.
When I teach a concept, I write down the date it was initially introduced, then note all
work that was done to practice it along with the dates the practice
took place. This could include large and small group work, journal
pages, writing assignments, etc.
I track the date of all assessments in the assessment column, both formal and informal.
In the outcomes section, I include notes on the percentage
of students who have mastered the concept along with notes on those who
need more time and practice.
When I need to take additional notes on students or reminders for
what I need to do next time, I simply layer sticky notes on top of the
How Do They Help?
Since I began using these tracking sheets, I feel like I am getting
a much better handle on what the standards are and how they all fit
together with my curriculum.
I’m paying closer attention to make sure adequate practice time is
being provided. If an assessment shows there are students who are still
not proficient, then I know I need to provide additional support for
My teaching has become more focused and efficient. I look over the
organizer while planning lessons and look for ways to add in ideas from
several different strands and learning modalities to my weekly lessons.
These sheets can be a tool to include with any artifacts you may
need to provide for your teacher evaluation. They are an easy way to
demonstrate you have a purposeful and thoughtful process in place to
help your children meet all the required standards.
Download Lesson Plan Trackers for Your Grade LevelWhile I originally created the trackers for my third grade classroom, I've taken standards for K-5 and put them into files for all grade levels. Looking at the standards for grades that precede mine is also helping me fill in the gaps that are occurring in some areas due to changing curriculums.
The ELA trackers provide all of the standards at each grade level in Reading (Literature and Informational), Writing, Foundational Skills, Speaking and Listening, and Language.
The math trackers cover all of the math strands at each grade level including Measurement, Geometry, and Algebraic Operations.
Each tracker is completely editable, created in Word so you can adjust them to meet your likes and needs. Every standard also includes a link to corestandards.org where you can get more information on the standards.
Lesson Trackers in PDF Format
English Language Arts
|Grade 1||Grade 1|
|Grade 2||Grade 2|
|Grade 3||Grade 3|
|Grade 4||Grade 4|
|Grade 5||Grade 5|