Dear Teacher Friends,
This is a version of a First Grade ELA lesson plan template (in Microsoft Word 2010) that I developed to use with the Common Core and the Louisiana Content Area Standards. This plan is different from the original in that it provides a place for the content area (Health, Science, Social Studies) standards that will be covered in conjunction with the ELA lessons.
Here is how I plan to use it this year.
Header: Type the name of your school where I have “Elementary,” then type your own name following “Teacher:” as well as the time you teach ELA and the week for which you are planning.
CC Standards: As you will note, each of the six strands of literacy has a section at the beginning of the plan. Each field has the phrase “Choose an item.” If you click on Choose an Item, you will see a down arrow. Click on the down arrow, and all of the items for that literacy strand will come up. Simply scroll down the items and choose the one you need. I allowed for three items per strand. Choose the Common Core standards that you plan to teach for this week.
Content Areas: This is an area in which you can type the standards for Health that you will cover in conjunction with your ELA activities for the week. You will also see that there are drop-down menus for both the Louisiana Science and Social Studies GLEs, so that you can incorporate those with your plan as well.
Daily Activities: Below the Standards begins the Daily portion of the plan, with a section for each day, Monday through Friday. The activities listed on Monday’s section were simply placed in the fields to estimate space requirements. You will need to type your own activities in their place. Regarding the Teacher Table listing – with few exceptions, my teacher table routine is very similar in the work we do, it is just the degree or level at which the students are working that is different, so I simplified this listing for my own use.
Materials and Media: There is also a section entitled Materials and Media. All you need to do in this section is click on the box next to the items you will be using. The same applies to the Closure/Evaluation section.
Footer: Type your own descriptions of your literacy center/small group rotations in the top field. Under Accommodations for Individual Differences, type any IEP or IAP accommodations necessary. I use numbers instead of student names. Under Guided Reading Groups, again, I use numbers for students instead of names, and these change often. Change the names of the groups to suit your classroom.
Enjoy and God Bless!