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October 9, 2013 Common Core Math and ELA Lesson Plan Organizers for the Middle Grades By Genia Connell
Grades 6–8

    Even though I have known the Common Core State Standards were coming for years, there are still those moments I feel unprepared and caught off guard by all the standards and their language. To help me manage the new expectations, I created a set of  Common Core Lesson Plan Organizers for Math and ELA that I use to help determine if my teaching and student learning are on track.  

    After I posted the trackers that I use a few weeks ago, along with a complete set for kindergarten through fifth grade, I heard from several middle school teachers who wished for a similar management tool. Below you will find editable CCSS lesson organizers for those who teach sixth through eighth grades. As you look through the trackers, you can see they are not just for those who teach reading, writing, and math. Much of the CCSS call for reading, writing, and language knowledge demonstrated across all content areas, so you may find these organizers useful no matter your subject area. 

    How Do I Use Them?

    • I keep these organizers at my fingertips in my all-in-one binder that also houses my lesson plans and grade book. I document which standards my lessons are hitting as I teach them.

    • When I teach a concept, I write down the date it was initially introduced, then note all work that was done to practice it along with the dates the practice took place. This could include large and small group work, journal pages, writing assignments, etc.

    • I track the date of all assessments in the assessment column, both formal and informal. 

    • In the outcomes section, I include notes on the percentage of students who have mastered the concept along with notes on those who need more time and practice.

    • When I need to take additional notes on students or reminders for what I need to do next time, I simply layer sticky notes on top of the binder pages.

    Common core lesson trackers

    How Do They Help?

    • Since I began using these tracking sheets, I feel like I am getting a much better handle on what the standards are and how they all fit together with my curriculum.

    • I’m paying closer attention to make sure adequate practice time is being provided. If an assessment shows there are students who are still not proficient, then I know I need to provide additional support for that standard.

    • My teaching has become more focused and efficient. I look over the organizer while planning lessons and look for ways to add in ideas from several different strands and learning modalities to my weekly lessons.

    • These sheets can be a tool to include with any artifacts you may need to provide for your teacher evaluation. They are an easy way to demonstrate you have a purposeful and thoughtful process in place to help your students meet all the required standards.

    example of common core tracker




    Download Lesson Plan Trackers for Your Grade and Subject Level

    The ELA trackers provide all of the standards at each grade level in reading (literature and informational), writing, speaking and listening, and language.

    The math trackers cover all of the math strands at each grade level including ratios and proportional relationships, geometry, and statistics and probability.

    Each tracker is completely editable, created in Word so you can adjust them to meet your likes and needs. Every standard also includes a link to where you can get more information on the standards.

    Click on each picture below to download your own copy of editable lesson plan trackers.




               All Lesson Trackers for Grades K-8 in PDF Format

    English Language Arts       


    Kindergarten    Kindergarten
    Grade 1   Grade 1
    Grade 2   Grade 2
    Grade 3   Grade 3
    Grade 4   Grade 4
    Grade 5   Grade 5
    Grade 6 Grade 6
    Grade 7 Grade 7
    Grade 8 Grade 8

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    I'm hoping you will find these organizers as helpful as I do when I'm planning my lessons. What words of wisdom do you have for teachers who are making their way through this uncharted territory of the CCSS? I'd love to read your comments and tips for CCSS implementation below. 


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