As I said in my last post, I needed to take a few steps back and begin at the beginning with my planning. That's exactly what I did and here's what it looks like. I should explain first that my vision for this year is to divide my 80 minute classes into 4 blocks: 20 minutes of stations, 20 minutes of whole group instruction, 20 minutes of project time, and 20 minutes of writing. To make this work, I have to be super organized. I am working to have sheets like this for each of the new-to-me standards I will teach this year. I keep them in my lesson plan binder for quick reference.
The daily project time will be my core differentiation time. Most projects will integrate technology and I wanted to go ahead and consider higher-order thinking as I outlined ideas. With all of the Common Core's focus on writing, I also wanted to "begin with the end in mind" and consider ways to include narrative, informative, and argumentative writing.
This is all far from finished and a very rough draft still of what will turn into my lesson plans and then what I teach, but I love having things in one place. Otherwise when the time comes to teach a standard, I run around to my filing cabinet, files on my computer, Discovery Education for videos, finding those online games, pinterest ideas, etc. Even though I haven't gotten to put this into practice for 3rd grade, I did the same thing for Kindergarten and it was wonderful!