Monday, April 18, 2011

My Daily Schedule/Lesson Plans for First Grade

I have had many requests to see my daily schedule, so I am posting a copy of my lesson plans/daily schedule so you can see how we spend our day in Mrs. Mullins First Grade! 

As you read through them, please remember a few things...

- My schedule is *always* evolving! 

-  This was my first year in 1st grade, so I am still learning.  It may look completely different next year as I accomodate new ideas, district mandates, and a new class.

- RTI is Response to Instruction.

- I attach a photocopy of the Treasures suggested lesson plan each week so I don't have to go into too much detail on these plans.  I do this with RTI too.

- I do not do Chapter Read-Aloud for 25 minutes.  That time accomodates returning from recess/restroom break and walking to specials classes. 

- I keep a block of time open at the end of the day for "Themed Activities."  This is when I do all my unit stuff, and I usually try to make sure it somehow addresses the skills/knowledge we are learning in other content areas or reinforces a previously taught skill.  I incorporate lots of creative writing into this time also.  This week Treasures is about bugs, so we're doing Deanna's Insect Unit.  I *love* it!  Plus, doing themed activities help the last hour of the day pass by soooooo much quicker because the students absolutely love projects/activities/art/non-fiction reading.

Click the picture below to see a PDF of my personal lesson plans with times and details for our day. 


If you have any questions, please ask them in the comments and I will respond directly in the comments section. 

And, lastly, if you've sent me an email recently, I am so sorry for the delay in response!  I'm catching up from Spring Break, but promise to respond to them all soon!

Happy Monday, sweet friends!!!!!

43 comments:

Anonymous said...

Your lesson plans are fabulous. I love the font you used for most of the typing! Can you tell me the name of the font? It's very fun.

Rachael said...

I believe RTI is Response to Intervention :)

Jessica said...

Can you post the form you use for your lesson plans? I am always looking for a new way to do my plans, and I have yet to find something I like, and I LOVE yours!

Ms. Durning said...

Do you use writer's workshop? How do you structure your writing time?

www.msdurning.blogspot.com

Abby said...

Actually, in our district it is Response to Instruction since we provide individualized time to all levels and not just those in need of intervention :)

Abby said...

- The fonts are CK Handprint & DJ Squirrelly.

- I currently don't do a Writer's Workshop :( I incorporate writing into various other activities and through our reading series. This is something I'd DEFINITELY like to improve upon next year.

- I would be happy to upload the template :) Look for a post coming soon!

Anonymous said...

Do you have a guided reading time?

Abby said...

Guided reading occurs during our Whole Group Reading (you don't see it specifically on my plans because it's part of the Treasures plans that I copy right from the book) and also during RTI.

Mrs. Schuster said...

I love your blog and all your great ideas! Our school is talking about doing RTI next year for math. Can you give me a few more details on how this works in your classroom? I see you have "math games" so do you have centers or something while you meet with struggling kids? Thanks for all you share!

Samantha said...

Thank you for posting this! I'm currently student teaching in a first grade classroom with the impending interviewing / hopefully getting a job process coming up soon. I love seeing how different teachers schedule their day!

Question: What "morning work" activities do you do with your students? My CT gives multiple worksheets that most students can't finish before announcements, so they're given 15 extra minutes, plus we check it all during calendar, etc...it just takes way too much time, when instruction could begin!

Thanks,
Samantha

Ms.M said...

Hi Abby,

Thanks for sharing your Lesson Plan format. I recently started making & selling custom & premade templates on my "business" blog, A Teacher's Plan, a spin off of my teacher bolog, Ms.M's Blog. I had a question for you. Do you find that you like the plans going from top to bottom? I make most of my templates from left to right & I've recently been looking for different ways to make more templates. I think I might try one the way you have your set up & see how it works out for me. I also use lots of checklists so that I don't find myself retyping some routine activities over & over. I find this VERY helpful when I forget what I do on a particular day & such. :) Again thanks for sharing.

BTW, I'm a fan of your blog, love it. I'm constantly getting ideas & inspiration from you.

Ms. M
Ms.M's Blog
A Teacher's Plan

triciadougherty said...

I am wondering what program you use to create the template. I love it -- the worst part of planning for me is filling in the things that stay exactly the same each week -- everything else I am excited to write about. By the way -- I love your blog! Thanks in advance for posting the lesson plan template.

Booky4First said...

Great plans, Abby! Since I use Treasures it is so helpful to see what other teachers are doing. I always seem to fall short when it comes to Writing Workshop. :( With Treasures it is a "full morning"!
You say you copy your plans from Treasures--are you referring to the two page sheet that is detailed M-F?

Heather Simpson said...

I LOVE this! It's very helpful to see how others "fit it all in!!!" What do Organized Physical Activity, and Vigorous Physical Activity entail? Is this a school-wide or district-wide program? Currently, my school has NO recess (awful!!!!), and I would love to see how this is implemented!!

Michelle said...

My plans are almost identical. I got my format from hellofirstgrade.com. Love Mrs. Jones. And guess what I'm doing next week? Deanna's insect unit. Love it! Great minds think alike! -Michelle
Fabulous in First

Wendy said...

Thank you so much for showing us your schedule. I understand about it evolving. I've probably changed my schedule 10 times!! During Word automaticity checks and fluency checks, are you working with students one at a time to assess them? How does that look in your class?

Angelia said...

I love your blog. Thanks so much for sharing how you do your day. I was also curious about the word automaticity and fluency checks portion. Can you give more info about this?

Does your school not have a science/social studies curriculum that you have to follow?

Thanks for sharing!!

Lauren Blackmon said...

Is there any way I could get an editable version of this? I like the format, but would like to change some of the times and subjects. If not...did you use a special program or just publisher?

Thanks-
Lauren
www.weeklyhive.blogspot.com

Cassie said...

Just wondering if you have a specific program you follow during RTI or if it's just more teacher created resources, ideas.

Rachel said...

Thanks for sharing!

I'm curious, is this the only thing you type up for plans? Are you required to include objectives and forms of assessment for each activity?

MJ said...

Thanks so much for sharing!! I love having a look into the worlds of other classes :)

Laura624 said...

I know you use the Treasure reading program. How do you manage centers in your classroom? How do you rotate the kids? I would love to read your ideas of you you implement this in your classroom. Thanks in advance for sharing! :)

Jen Kroske said...

I would love an editable copy of your lesson plans as well!

PJanutolo said...

I lover your lesson plan template. Could I have an editable copy of your template?

Miss Samson said...

Do you have an editable template?? I would love a copy if possible

Stephanie said...

OMG, Abby you are awesome!!! I would love to see a copy of your RTI lessons too if possible.

mesteps said...

If you want share your daily of weekly routines, you can do it using this site http://www.mesteps.com This sites allows users to upload their routines and share it to others so they can view, comment and rate your routine.

Chelsea said...

Abby,
My school is just starting to plan/implement the RTI model (Instruction, not Intervention, like your district does)into our daily routine. It is up to the teachers to formulate exactly how this time will work. I am a brand new teacher, and I would love to be able to provide a jumping off point for my 2nd grade team to use in planning. Would you be willing to share a sample of your RTI plans?

Thanks so much!
Chelsea
cmhowland(at)gmail(dot)com

Henny said...

hi mrs. Abby
thanks for your inspiration for me to learn bout lesson plan.
but i still confuse if i make lesson plan for my study.
can you help me to clearing or teach bout this ??

Anonymous said...

Hi Abby! Along with Samantha, I was wondering what morning work you give your students.

Mrs. Friedman said...

Do you have a project to go with the theme lets laugh fromtreasuees unit 2

Cakeath said...

Did you ever post a document of this template that can be adjusted? What program did you use to make it? I love it!

Anonymous said...

Hi there Abby
I am a teacher 'Downunder' in New Zealand. Oh my goodness, I LOVE your blog. So-so-so interesting to see how teachers in the US do things compared to here in NZ. I have a question about your daily timetable: Do you really only have such a short time for lunch? And is the rest of the day (excluding specials) spent inside the classroom? Oh my gosh, i think teachers in New Zealand have it so easy!
Our school starts at 8:50,
We have Morning Tea (Snack) from 10:40-11:00 (The kids go outside for this, and the teachers go to the staff room to sit and gossip...:)
Lunch is from 12:30-1:30. Again, the kids go outside to eat and play (no cafeterias in schools in NZ, so all kids bring a packed lunch)
We dismiss the kids at 3:00pm
I think this breaks the day up nicely as essentially we only have 3 x 1.5 hour blocks of time with our class.
Sorry for the long comment.
I can't stop reading your blog!
All the best from NZ :)

Ashley DeNardis said...

Did you ever post an editable form of your lesson plans? I am a new first grade teacher and love the format!

Kay said...

I love your lesson plan format! Did you upload an editable version?

Anonymous said...

I would love the template for your lesson plans.

moultrie_debra@yahoo.com

Anonymous said...

I love your template for your lesson plans!

Melissa Shafer said...

In your themed activities block, how do you decide which subject to base it on (math, social studies, etc) and how long before you switch to another subject?

Melissa Shafer said...

How do you decide what subject to base the themed activities block on? How long do you stay on one subject before you change it to a different subject (science, social studies, etc)?

Lauren Manns said...

Hi it looks like it's been awhile since you've responded to people's comments. But if possible I would love an editable copy of your lesson plan template.

Ltmanns@gmail.com

Lauren Manns said...

Hi it looks like its been awhile since you've commented back on comments. If you see this I would love a copy of your lesson plan template so I can edit it with my times. THANKS.

Ltmanns@gmail.com

Lauren Manns said...

Hi it looks like it's been awhile since you've responded to comments but I figured I'd give it a try.

May I have a copy of your lesson plan template? I would love to be able to edit it to fit my own schedule.

Ltmanns@gmail.com

Mrs. Jenna Brown said...

I would love if you could send me a copy of your template? I didn't see a post with it included anywhere, I hope I didn't miss it.
jenna.s.brown@gmail.com

Thanks in advance!!