Does Benchmark overwhelm you with all its components? It sure did for me. Then I made this visual component matrix and I was surprised how much things made sense to me.
This cheat sheet will help you get your lessons organized in so much less time. Each unit is on one page. It is divided by 3 weeks and color coded for each type of lesson: Interactive Read Aloud, Shared Reads, Short Reads, Extended Reads, High Frequency Words, Spelling, Leveled Texts, Reader's Theater, Word Study, Phonics, and Sound-Spelling Cards. It also gives you the theme and essential question.