These templates help me plan units in every subject area. I have so many ideas scattered all over Pinterest, my computer, my file cabinet, etc. that I had a hard time remembering all the resources I want to include in my units...until I started organizing my ideas this way!
Whether it's for language arts, math, social studies, or math, I'm never happy to just follow the boring old textbook and teacher's manual. There are so many good ideas out there, and this helps me to make my units more fun and engaging for students (and me!) by including a variety of resources.
I use the first template to jot down the standards I want the unit to address. Then, I list ideas I've found on Pinterest, TPT, YouTube, blogs, etc. in the boxes so I can see everything in one place (and make sure I have resources to teach all of the standards I'm including).
The second page is just a list of different instructional strategies and types of activities I might want to include in my unit. I jot notes next to the ones I want to use, and am again reminded of ideas I might want to seek out before I start planning.
The third page can be copied back-to-back for however many weeks you'd like your unit to take (each page has space for 5 days per side). This is where I start to put my lessons and activities in logical sequence according to how much time I have each day. I save this and make notes during the unit so that next year, it's easy to just copy down the daily plans into my plan book without struggling to remember which order I taught everything in!
Also, check out some of the mini-units I've planned this way!
It's the Law! 2nd Grade Social Studies Unit
Poetry Unit: Alliteration, Repetition, and Rhyme
Thunder Cake Common Core Unit
Earth Day Differentiated Common Core Unit for Grades 2-5
Celebrations: A Holiday Unit on Christmas, Hanukkah, Kwanzaa, Diwali, and Las Posadas