Our grade level across the district decides on what standards will be taught each quarter. Then, my own first grade team gets together and decides what resources we have and try to lump the standards in units as best we can. I then take that and break it down week by week for the nine weeks. Over the summer, however, I generally plan the sight words, phonics lessons, spelling sorts, etc. ahead of time for the whole year. We use Daily Phonics, Wilson Phonics, Words Their Way Sorts, and the spelling I program I created. I have those all correlated (so we might not necessarily go in order with each resource) so they line up nicely each week. We have no reading series, so for all of our reading literature, reading information, speaking & listening, & vocabulary standards, we look at what resources we have and plan units with a hodge-podge of materials. I've thought about posting these types of things, but because we pull from so many resources, I don't know that people have all of those resources. As for writing workshop, we plan units as well and try to correlate it to reading & social studies or science when possible. This nine weeks, for example, we're focusing on nonfiction writing. So, we're doing nonfiction text features in reading and starting writing workshop with the nonfiction text features book about school that's on my TpT store. We then plan to move into autobiographies, a penguin research project, and still take some time for some fun president's day and valentine's day writing activities too. Social Studies & Science - we teach one for 1/2 of the nine weeks, then the other for the other 1/2 of the nine weeks. I hope this all makes sense. Does that help paint a better picture? If you need more information, please let me know. Without a reading program, we really have to pull from a lot of sources and create our own too...but we manage :) Thanks for the great question!
January 5, 2013