Curriculum maps sound like one unnecessary piece of paperwork that does fit our classroom’s “special” needs. It makes sense for a general education classroom. The scope and sequence stays consistent. The kids are mostly at the same level. But our classrooms are complicated. And curriculum maps might seem ridiculous. But let me persuade you how essentially important and beyond helpful curriculum maps can be!
Curriculum mapping is a great way plan out your students’ learning and progress on specific skills and concepts throughout the year. This combines nicely with your students’ IEP goals. I like to think of curriculum maps as breaking down the IEP goals into even smaller pieces and then planning when I will teach each of those pieces throughout the year. This will aide your planning, future IEP writing, and assessments.
I have basically two groups of student who are readers. I organized them into groups based on their behavioral needs and reading levels. The groups worked out pretty well with 6 of my higher students comprising what I will refer to as the high group and 3 students at the mid group.
I look at each students’ IEP goals which are all based on Common Core Standards. Like I mentioned, I break down the goals even more – to the most foundational level and then decide how to space out these concepts throughout the year to build on each other. Instead of doing one for each student, I do one for each group since the students’ skill levels and IEP goals were so similar within each group. I group skill sets into three areas: grammar, reading strategies, and writing.
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