2015-16 Pacing Guide Is Done!

Jun 21, 2015 by

2015-16 Pacing Guide Is Done!
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As a graduate of the University of Michigan’s education program, it was grounded into me that I.MUST.USE.A.PACING.GUIDE. This is important for two reasons. The first being it gives you a significant road map to your year. I can immediately see if I’m on pace to hit all the topics I need to by the end of the year, or if I need to hurry up/slow down (yeah, right!). The second being it REALLY helps in backwards design when planning your units. What formal assessment/project do I want the kiddos to do at the end of the unit? How many allotted days do I have to get them there? 2015-16 Pacing Guide: Plan With Me Sunday

I like to work on my pacing guides immediately after the school year-the experiences of the previous year are fresh in my mind, and through reflection I can decide if I need to give more or less time to a topic. There were areas in math this year that definitely needed more time. This meant I needed to think about which chapters were a bit easier for the kiddos and take from them.

To work on my pacing guide, I start with a blank 2015-16 calendar and cross off all the vacation days of the upcoming school year. I also write in any pre-planned field trips, half days, etc.  Once this is done, I can count how many full weeks of teaching I have to work with (short weeks always get filled up with review and holiday activities).

2015-16 Pacing Guide: Plan With Me Sunday

Then, on a seperate sheet of paper, I write down all my topics in a subject area and about how many weeks I want to allot to them. This number can change as I’m working through the actual calendar, but it gives me an outline.

2015-16 Pacing Guide: Plan With Me Sunday

I take these week allotments and start putting them on the calendar. This is both tedious and satisfying. I like to put all my subjects on the same pacing calendar so I can see if I’m overlapping tests or major projects.

2015-16 Pacing Guide: Plan With Me Sunday

In the next few weeks, I’ll be sharing my pacing guides with you: math (My Math), ELA (CCSS), science (new NGSS standards), social studies (Scott Foresman’s Our Nation) and extras. Although my math and social studies are aligned to certain books, the topics can certainly be applied to any program.

Want to get a sneak peek? I put together a bundle including an editable pacing calendar and all my pacing guides.

2015-16 Pacing Guide: Plan With Me Sunday

AND I stuck in a calendar with 269 authors’ birthdays. You can’t find this ANYWHERE-I made it from hours of research.

2015-16 Pacing Guide: Plan With Me Sunday

 

AND AND I included a calendar with over 170 traditional and fun holidays you might want to celebrate or use for fun projects/bellwork/writing prompts/research assignments/etc. I always hate when I find out the next day is something major, like Earth Day. Uh, plan ahead WHAT? 😉

2015-16 Pacing Guide: Plan With Me Sunday

So, really, there is no excuse not to have a pacing guide this year! Seriously-grab this bundle and use mine. Or modify for your school’s curriculum and vacation schedule. Or make your own from scratch. And feel relief that you will know exactly when Talk Like a Pirate Day and Pi Day are. And once you’re done, head on over to Keeping Up with Mrs. Harris to check out all the great posts in this Plan With Me Sunday Link-Up!

2015-16 Pacing Guide: Plan With Me Sunday

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3 Comments

  1. This is so smart! I love it! Thanks so much for linking up with us!

  2. Wendy D

    Thanks so much for this ! I teach 6 grade levelevel as a reading teacher and feel like
    I did some things really well this year and desired to do others.

    Wendy
    Ms.Ds Literacy Lab

  3. Cindy Cole

    Thanks for this. I recently was reassigned to a multiple 5-7th grade special needs classroom. I was frantic trying to figure out where to start and viola!! there was your product and blog information. I will be following from now on. Thanks again.

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