Other Planning Documents

Unit 0 Plan

Your unit unit 0 plan should detail how you will spend the first days of school: What diagnostics do you need to administer? How and when will you build an effective culture in your class?

There are strong resources to help with this available on TFANet. To access this link, first log in to TFANet, and then cut and paste this URL: http://www.tfanet.org/net/myportal/tfanet/groups/public/resourcelists/nationalalgebra1community?entryId=B43GAC110F282BEF98A272A6F54253000606

Long-term plan/pacing guide

Your pacing guide should outline the major units of study, and provide a rough schedule by which you will assess students, both via paper assessments and via performance tasks.

There are various examples Common Core-aligned pacing guides already available:

  • Pacing guides for high school courses
  • Similar pacing guides for all grade levels
  • Similar pacing guides, but with projects/tasks included, for 7th, 8th, Algebra I, Geometry, and Algebra II (note: some of these resources are still in developments.
  • There is a school district in Maryland that has posted complete curricular materials for K – 5 and secondary math. Because Maryland is using the same Common Core assessment as Mississippi, all of these materials are well aligned to how we should be teaching.

If you are creating your own pacing guide, you should consult the PARCC Model Content Frameworks. This resource explains the key ideas of each grade level, and provides extensive commentary on the Common Core standards and how they connect and built. For high school courses, it specifies which standards will be assessed for Algebra I, Geometry, and Algebra II, and provides information about how the assessment items will differ for standards that overlap.

When ordering your units, it may be helpful to consult these unpacked Common Core standards for grades K – 5 (scroll down to “unpacking the standards”).

First unit plan

Your first unit plan should lay out the specific tasks and objectives you will do with students each day. In creating this list of topics, it will be very useful to clarify for yourself the big mathematical ideas that are being tackled in the unit. Again, it may be helpful to consult these unpacked Common Core standards for grades K – 5 (scroll down to “unpacking the standards”). You may also want to look at the complete curricular materials for Common Core course linked to under “pacing guides,” above.

Initial lesson plans

Here is the lesson planning structure that we explored last year in Learning Team. Be sure to make sure you understand the difference between “logical ideas” and “symbols and conventions” by reading this Marilyn Burns article. Also considering look oer these lesson planning “patterns” developed by Grace Chen, TFA’s national director of design for math. If you would like access to the Mississippi Math Initiative Lesson Plan Filebox, an online Dropbox where we store examples of high-quality lesson plan materials, please email Boyce.