Let the Planning Begin!

So, if you've been reading any of my recent posts, you know that school starts in 9 days (July 29th)!!!  Therefore, my life has now been filled with organizing, decorating, TPTing, Pinterest-ing, and much of the sort.  I'm now ready to start planning!  I was VERY close to buying one of Erin Condren's lesson plan books, but I'm very particular about what goes in them that I always make my own.

As I know many states have done as well, Indiana has gone to teacher based compensation/performance pay.  Because of that, all Indiana schools have been made to do a program called RISE, which basically makes teachers do specific things throughout the year, get observed, etc.  Well - not my school!  We got permission to do something called TAP (if there are any TAP school followers reading this now, let me know!)  TAP is basically the same thing, just different tweeks here and there.

With TAP schools, there are many lesson pieces that have to be in place for every lesson - things though that most teachers do anyways.  Some examples are:  blooms questions, student reflection, lesson hook, etc.  Well, I'm a visual person so when I have things to do I like seeing them on a list.  So I  made my lesson plan template to reflect out rubric!  I think its a FANTASTIC lesson plan template.  The only downfall is that there is one entire page for one day of the week.  I didn't think I would like it until I realized I could easily make one book per nine weeks.  Then it worked out great!  BTW - Kinkos will do the nice coil binding for about $5.00 with about 50ish pages.  What a great deal!  ANd yes, I know these are boring white, but I plan on making a full page label to stick on the front of them to cutesy them up a bit!

So, what do these amazing lesson plans look like?  Take a look!

Can't really tell in these pics...  So check them out here!  I'm giving you the PDF version and the Word version just in case you <3 them so much you'll use it!  

The Word version won't be as cute because the font probably won't transfer over unless you have it.  The first page has 3 reading sections.  Those are for the 90 minute reading block.  I do 3, 30 minute lessons in that block.  Then the 2nd page has the same box, one for math and one for writing.  We also have a math and language intervention time but I use a different lesson plan template for those (post to come soon!)

I'd <3 some feedback on these plans!  I'm super excited about them and can't wait to start filling them in.  What do YOU use to plan?


  1. Lesson plan template is really good. It includes all the elements need for a great lesson. Thanks so much for making it available.

    1. You are very welcome Linda!! I'm so glad you like it :)

  2. Great lesson planning template! Thanks so much for sharing!
    Grade 4 Buzz

  3. AnonymousJuly 22, 2013

    Thank you for sharing this! I feel we will be moving in this direction soon!


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  5. Thanks so much for sharing what TAPS is. I had heard of it but never knew the details. So much is changing in education it makes my head spin! LOL
    Ruth from Teacher Park :)

  6. My goal this year is to become more organized! Love how your ideas!! interest.com/pin/create/bookmarklet/?media=http%3A%2F%2F3.bp.blogspot.com%2F-ToWnYnqO344%2FUfLX-rchsXI%2FAAAAAAAABCQ%2FKzVrOIeIBPU%2Fs320%2FSlide07.jpg&url=http%3A%2F%2Fadventuresofroom129.blogspot.com%2F&description=Adventures%20of%20Room%20129

  7. The link you gave is disable, can you share me the document? It looks sophisticated.



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