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What are the thought processes that go on in a teacher’s mind when creating her own standards-based math curriculum? This might be a scary trip, but I invite you into my planning process. I hope to reveal how I learned to plan my guided math curriculum this past year. This isn’t meant to tell you exactly everything I taught and in what order, but to give you a guide on what the process looks like.

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To begin, I knew a few things that affected how I plan. I knew the standards that needed to be covered, mastered (sometimes those two are different) and the basic layout of the ways I could cover them in my classroom.

I kept a checklist of the standards close by that we’d be covering in a quarter (nine weeks). Keeping the standards that came before and right after were also close at hand to look at how it plays out in the long run.

KindergartenWorks :: planning kindergarten standards-based math curriculum

Quarterly Standards

I could have used some of our calendar math time (mainly in the spring) to give extra repetition, but I didn’t want to rely on that time. I realized that I had a whole group mini lesson, guided group lesson, math journal, practice zone and technology zone to make the best use of.

I couldn’t plan all of these on one day, nor in one planning “session”. Often, I plan the mini lessons and general ideas behind the group lessons in one day. The math journals and materials to go with the small group lessons or the practice zone on another day. The technology zone was created as I went along and as I could have time to scour the internet for better interactive online resources.

I say all of this just to be transparent and share that it definitely took time. Each quarter.

KindergartenWorks :: planning kindergarten standards-based math curriculum

Armed with my standards, I began to handwrite a “master” list of the standards, in shortened form. This way I could see at a glance what needed to be covered and then began writing arrows off of each one where I thought I could teach it most effectively. Mind you, I’m not the secret. Not every standard had to be taught by me in a mini-lesson or in a small group lesson.

My question I’d ask myself is, “Where can they practice this in order to get

a) the right amount of practice

b) the right kind of practice

c) the right scaffolding?”

This is such a messy part of my process and my notes look ridiculous! I circle, highlight, draw arrows, cross out and write down things I’m afraid I’ll forget when a great idea pops into my mind. I mark down items that solely need repetition for success as a warm up or wrap up activity in the teacher zone.

KindergartenWorks :: planning kindergarten standards-based math curriculum

After each standard has multiple places it can be practiced, I can then begin to plan my teacher zone (small group lessons). Using the list I create, I begin plugging in the items based on need for repetition and difficulty.

If I am planning the frame around my small group lessons for nine weeks, then I am plugging in items where they fit best. I ask myself, “Does it need to be the main focus of our time together (the core of our lesson)? Could it be successful as our warm up? Does it lend itself to be a wrap up activity?”

Plugging in the standards first allows me to see how many times it’ll be addressed.

Seeing how often we practice a standard helps me come up with a few or many ideas…

Frequency helps me determine if multiple activities are needed to practice in a variety of ways, or to simply practice again as we’re refining what we’ve learned.

KindergartenWorks :: planning kindergarten standards-based math curriculum

I plan for my kinders who are on-track. The middle ground plan then helps me to differentiate planning for my kinders who are accelerated or advanced. It also helps me plan pacing for my kinders who need more repetition and explicit teaching. Once I plan straight down for each of the nine weeks, I can plan adaptations based on the needs of my groups. I generally keep the type of activity the same and the standard, but increase the difficulty or plan for additional scaffolding. I can add in my mini-lessons and assessments during this point of my planning too.

From here, I have the basic template for my quarter and can begin to plan the sequence of math prompts and materials that will work great in the practice zone, based on what we’ve covered with the teacher. This helps me to plan things they can be successful with independently. Then, we’re off and running! Change is inevitable (as it should be with guided groups), but the plan helps me to know where we’re going and ensure the quality of practice is there to master each standard.

That’s the thought process that has gone on behind my curriculum planning days and this year, I’m hoping to better organize the materials that were the result of all of this planning! I’m sure there are better ways to create your own curriculum, but in getting to know new standards and a new way to teach math, this is what worked for me.

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Leslie is the author of KindergartenWorks. She teaches kindergarten students how to be pretty incredible along with teaching them to read, write and think for themselves. She enjoys graphic design, learning new things and sharing with teachers. Google+

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/13726534024115102521 Beth

    I just posted about a Weekly Reader and We are Teachers grant for 200 to help you implement your technology- check it out here…

    What wonderful ideas!! (ok now I am going to go back and continue reading- I stopped at Ipads…
    Primary Connections

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/13726534024115102521 Beth

    Wow– Sounds great! I have a couple questions for you- do you have any examples that I could see of your Ready to check and checked bookmarks? For your center rotation: do your students do all of the top centers and then go back to bottom centers? We have also made our centers so they rotate in a circle- makes it easier for the kids to independently switch. I love the idea that the music for switching is a click away! I am sure I will have more questions as I process all of this-

    Thank you!
    Primary Connections

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/04444720045458903405 KindergartenWorks

    Beth, they actually go to the top icon first, then after the song comes on, the bottom one. The next day their name card will be rotated to the right. Music is huge! Thanks for asking. I will see about the bookmarks.
    -Leslie

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/06910398533752788427 Dian

    I really like the strip idea. Teacher and kid friendly! Good idea. Are you going to be sharing those later? I also use music to switch centers. I have recorded silence on my iPod and have it timed for specific groups. I just start that playlist and don’t have to worry about watching a timer. Hope I made that clear. Thanks!

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/04444720045458903405 KindergartenWorks

    So clever Dian – I’m gonna use that for math zones! Thanks! My math journal strips aren’t ready to share, I’ve only got 7 out of 9 weeks finished… maybe later!
    - Leslie

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/17531829108247730123 S. Parker

    I love all the information you shared. I hope you will share more as you “live” this vision with your kids. Will the stations be differentiated based on need as students move through the work stations during the week?

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/04444720045458903405 KindergartenWorks

    Thanks Sylvia! The stations will all be differentiated using the stars as guides liked I mentioned in my previous post: http://kindergartenworks.blogspot.com/2011/06/reflections-and-resources.html

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/06025222040209847769 Kelly

    I love, love, love the bookmark idea!! I would love to use this idea for our CGI (cognitive guided instruction) journals! Thanks so much!!
    Kelly (All In A First Grade Day)

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/09467109929924206534 Fran Kramer

    Leslie,
    This is an excellent post which I love so much because you are so systematic in your thinking. I would love to hear how this works with the kids once you have had an opportunity to use this with your young students and can reflect on each aspect.
    Fran@kindergartencrayons.blogspot.com

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/10452360705108760605 Lauren Morse

    I love the idea of playing “Whistle While You Work” to start cleaning up.
    I just found your blog tonight. I can’t wait to read more.
    Just Add Clipart

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/04444720045458903405 KindergartenWorks

    Kelly- so glad you can use the bookmark idea! I really hope it works for you too. I am excited about it as well1
    -Leslie

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/04444720045458903405 KindergartenWorks

    Thanks Fran! I am glad my post did make some sense!
    -Leslie

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/04444720045458903405 KindergartenWorks

    Welcome Lauren! Glad to have you here… isn’t the world of teaching blogs so much fun?!
    - Leslie

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/02774712810785409170 weheartkinder

    I just found your blog and predict that I will sleep many less hours tonight! Your ideas are amazing and have me inspired! Thank you so much for sharing!

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/07607272500785242569 annspencer

    Where did you get the math strategy cards?
    Ann

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/04444720045458903405 Leslie @KindergartenWorks

    Thanks weheartkinder!

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/04444720045458903405 Leslie @KindergartenWorks

    Ann,
    I made those strategy cards for my class. I created the graphics to represent the strategies in a kinder-friendly way.

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/00718340210377838955 The Peterson Family

    First I just have to say that I want to be just like you when I grow up:) OK, so maybe I’m already grown up, but I love reading your blog and getting insight on how you run your room – it sounds so nice and….un-chaotic. Ahhh, one day – but this was my first year, so I expected the chaos.
    Second – for practice number 7 – in the trainings and meetings we’ve had on the CCSS I’ve come to understand that “structure” means the many math patterns that occur, as well as properties (associative, commutative, etc). So for example if the kids come to the problem 2+8 rather than starting at 2 and counting up 8 they know that they can start at 8 and count up 2 to get the same answer with less room for error. Just one example – I hope it makes sense. I can look back on some of my notes (this comment is just off the top of my head) if you’d like:)
    cnlpeterson(at)gmail(dot)com

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/04568377943100374198 Leslie @KindergartenWorks

    I love all the information you shared. I hope you will share more as you “live” this vision with your kids. Will the stations be differentiated based on need as students move through the work stations during the week?

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/04568377943100374198 Leslie @KindergartenWorks

    Wow– Sounds great! I have a couple questions for you- do you have any examples that I could see of your Ready to check and checked bookmarks? For your center rotation: do your students do all of the top centers and then go back to bottom centers? We have also made our centers so they rotate in a circle- makes it easier for the kids to independently switch. I love the idea that the music for switching is a click away! I am sure I will have more questions as I process all of this-

    Thank you!
    Primary Connections

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