Monday, July 3, 2017

Made It Monday 7*3*17

Wow, my blog turns 6 years old today! This anniversary always seems to sneak up on me and I never have a chance to plan anything special. Maybe I'll get it together by the end of the summer and do a giveaway. I've been out of school for two full weeks now. One week was spent resting and the other week was spent teaching Camp Invention at a local elementary school. Now that that's over I'm back to relaxing and creating until August when I'm signed up for Professional Development. 

My long range plans are complete, the very first thing I do every June is to map out the next school while the previous school year is fresh in my thoughts. 

Math- Our math block was increased from 60 to 75 minutes next school year. My math block will consist of these components:
  • Check for Understanding
  • Learning Target
  • Whole Group Instructional Unit
  • Guided Math
  • Independent Practice
Content~Science and Social Studies- Last year our team tried teaching Science and Social Studies by alternating days. Then quickly moved back to alternating units instead. Not sure what next year holds but I'm hoping our county will allow us to still alternate by units. But I will say our content block has been increased from 45 minutes to 60 minutes.  

Shared Reading- I'll start off the year with a Fiction vs. Nonfiction Unit and then a Reading Strategies and Skills mini unit. I'll spend two weeks taking a day to review specific strategies (visualizing, summarizing, main idea, sequencing). I'm using the Reading Strategies Book by Jennifer Serravallo and Time for Kids to plan my lessons next school year.

Word Study- Instead of daily word study groups like I did last year, I'm switching back to 2 or 3 groups. I'll introduce the sort on Monday and asses on Friday. 

Writing- I'll spend one day a week focusing on a grammar concept and the other days will be a writing workshop format. I used my county's expectations along with our standards to choose what kind of writing we'd be doing that week. I'm also using the Writing Strategies Book by Jennifer Serravallo and No More I'm Done by Jennifer Jacobson

If you like the template I used, you can download it from Ginger Snaps, I've used it for years now and I love it!

Hop on over to 4th Grade Frolics for more Made It Monday ideas!


  1. That's awesome that you have already started planning! We used to be required to keep a year long plan and it was so helpful! I need to look into Time for Kids- I remember loving it so much when I was a kid! Thank you for sharing! :)

  2. Hey Jessica, love your long range plans! Isn't organization wonderful! I have mine about half finished.
    iTeach 2nd

  3. Nice planning, Jessica! I love having a pacing guide. It truly helps!

  4. Wow, all organized. You are inspiring! I, too, want to work on pacing over the summer. See you around. Kathleen

  5. Wow! Jessica, you have been busy! I love your long range plans. I just downloaded them from Ginger Snaps. After 16 years of second, I'll be teaching 3rd this school year. I like your plans much better than the ones I just made-think I'll try yours/Ginger's instead! Thanks for sharing!

  6. You're amazing! The first things I do in June is nap the month away. LOL. Seriously though, I'm impressed with your dedication. Your plans look great. It's just about time for me to sit down and start looking at my curriculum for the year.

    The Teal Paperclip

  7. This is AMAZING! Would you mind sharing your long range plan for the entire year? I would love to see how you paced everything out.

  8. Hi Jessica, I like how organized you are with your long range plans and the tip to do them at the end of the year. Would you be to share your year's worth of plans not just the first two month? Thank you.