The Leveled Daily Curriculum has been growing over the past few years. There is Language Arts, Math, Science, Social Studies, and Functional Literacy. Level 0.5 and Level 4 has been added to LA and Math. I love these resources because it includes everything. There are rubrics, data sheets, assessments, anchor charts, and activities. The biggest struggle I had when it came to curricular planning in the classroom was have a clear roadmap to follow. I felt like I was constantly jumping around or couldn’t stay consistent while focusing on specific concepts. These curriculum resources plan it all out. All of that being said, there is a lot of content included in each set. That can be overwhelming. There are a lot of options on how to set this up and organize it. Here are some of my best tips:
Organize the student activity pages in a way that’s accessible and in one spot.
Having the student activity pages prepped for the whole year is a pretty great feeling. So if you can, print or copy the whole year’s worth of pages and store in a binder or bind with a coil binding machine. I like that this feels like a textbook or workbook. You can store this in student binders or have each student keep their ‘books’ in the desk or work station. Having the whole year prevents that “oh crap where did I put the masters” situation that happens smack dab in the middle of week where you have a million things going on.
Keep the rubrics and data sheets separate.
Store all of the teacher paperwork (basically anything a student is not writing on or using) somewhere separate. I like storing all of the rubrics and data sheets in an assessment binder for each use. Love this idea of labeling by student number to reuse the dividers each year.
Post the anchor charts and make them moveable!
The anchor charts are one of my favorite parts of the curriculum. Anchor charts teach students how to problem solve and be independent. They can find an answer they don’t know without a teacher’s help. Utilizing an anchor chart is like low tech ‘googling’ the answer. This is a critical and essential life skill. Post the anchor charts for each unit in a clear spot and make them accessible to students. I like keeping them in page protectors that are velcroed to the wall so students can bring the anchor chart to their desk or binder.
Add extension opportunities!
Store manipulatives and other items to extend the unit’s concepts that are hands-on and engaging in the area where you are working on the leveled curriculum. If you have it stored in your instruction area, you’ll be much more likely to use it! Incorporate AAC and other communication systems into the daily use as well.