Part 11 of Teacher Perspectives

Inside Implementation of Wit and Wisdom

Bringing complex content and instruction into a high-needs school district

I recently reconnected with Cassie, one of my past students, who is now in 8th grade. Cassie has always had a difficult home life and is now bouncing around foster families and group homes. A couple weeks ago she was reminiscing about a book we read in 4th grade and I immediately cringed. It was a fun and funny book, but I knew that Cassie read that book because it was a good match for her group’s level more than anything else. It certainly wasn’t the best choice I could have made for a student like Cassie, dealing with poverty, abuse, and neglect. Until last year, I diligently used guided reading groups based on students’ instructional levels and while I was certainly aware of the discrepancy in content between the different levels of text, I didn’t really think of the impact this might have on my students.

I teach in the Mad River Local School District, outside Dayton, OH. We have 60.2% of students on free/reduced lunch. Last year, I was part of a pilot program in my district implementing the Wit & Wisdom curriculum, created by Great Minds. Wit & Wisdom was the first Language Arts curriculum I had used since I packed my basals away a decade ago. I was skeptical, but knew my current instruction was failing to meet the depth and rigor of the new standards. Wit & Wisdom is a total language arts program, including writing, language, and speaking and listening standards. Each grade has four units, each based on an essential question and a thematic text set, including novels, informational text, poetry, videos, and artwork.  All of the reading, writing, vocabulary, and grammar are woven into the quality texts that are carefully chosen to build knowledge and deepen understanding of a topic. In 4th grade, we studied the literal and figurative heart, extreme environments, the American Revolution, and Greek mythology.

Meeting the expectations within the Wit & Wisdom program was really hard– for me and my students! The program leads students to a very deep level of thinking that requires a great deal of teacher preparation. We engaged in repeated reading and close reading, both of which were new to my students and required them to build endurance. Wit & Wisdom also expected much more quantity and quality of student writing than I had been asking of my students previously, and they had to build this stamina as well. Finally, for my striving readers who had been in leveled reading groups, it was an adjustment to engage with grade-level, complex text.

The adjustment was hard, but it was so worth it. My students built their endurance and they were excited to stick with one topic for such a long time, enjoying the opportunity to become experts on these topics. They were especially excited about sharing their knowledge and to write four-paragraph essays to demonstrate this. They started thinking about reading differently and making connections between all sorts of texts in their lives.

For example, the final 4th grade module asks, “What can we learn from myths and stories?” We read Greek and Native American myths, such as Pandora’s Box and Cannibal Monster, as well as the novel Walk Two Moons by Sharon Creech. All of these core texts address the presence of hope in the face of hardship. It’s very powerful to see 4th graders connecting ancient Greek mythology to their chapter book. My students were able to make connections between how both the reader and the main character in Walk Two Moons dig deep to uncover the truth and the way Pandora opens the box, getting more than she bargained for. One of my students, Annie, put this beautifully when she said, “Ever since we started reading this book, I’ve been seeing things different. It’s like life is made up of puzzle pieces you have to put together.”

Now I think, what if this were the story I had shared with Cassie? How much more powerful would it be for her to have internalized this message of taking pieces of your life, even if they’re broken, and figuring out how they fit together?  I wish I’d had Wit & Wisdom to share with Cassie so that she could have experienced the integrated, thought-provoking journeys that my students now enjoy. I know she would have risen to that challenge and blown me away just like Annie and so many others did last year. I always knew the importance of having high expectations for my students, but sometimes we need something new and difficult to make us stop and reflect. What would happen if I expected more? What would happen if I gave them complex texts to help them make sense of their complex lives, along with the confidence and tools to fit the pieces together?

66 thoughts on “Inside Implementation of Wit and Wisdom

  1. I am at a school that is starting Wit and Wisdom this year! Do you have a lesson plan format that you used in your school?

        1. Same situation my school has adopted Wit and Wisdom. I’m a 3rd grade teacher and I would love to see the template and any suggestions to make this work with my students.

          1. Thank you for your comments on my blog! I have attached the general lesson plan format I used and a Focusing Question planning tool that our teachers have found useful. They usually sit down in grade level groups and go over a Focusing Question at a time. Obviously it is hard to plan that far in advance at first but our district has been very supportive about getting them some work time to do this the first couple times.

            We do not have to submit official lesson plans since the manual is so detailed. Some people just highlight their manual, but I preferred to write bullets like the attached so I didn’t have to carry it around. Most also make PowerPoints for each lesson and there are tons of these available online. Have you joined the Wit & Wisdom Facebook group? (Wit & Wisdom English K-2/Wit & Wisdom English 3-5 / Wit & Wisdom English 6-8) There is an Edmodo group you can find there where teachers are sharing their stuff for free. 🙂

            I’ll share a Google Drive folder with you that contains the lesson plan outline and planning tool I use!

            I hope that helps!! Let me know if you have other questions.

      1. Thank you for your comments on my blog! I have attached the general lesson plan format I used and a Focusing Question planning tool that our teachers have found useful. They usually sit down in grade level groups and go over a Focusing Question at a time. Obviously it is hard to plan that far in advance at first but our district has been very supportive about getting them some work time to do this the first couple times.

        We do not have to submit official lesson plans since the manual is so detailed. Some people just highlight their manual, but I preferred to write bullets like the attached so I didn’t have to carry it around. Most also make PowerPoints for each lesson and there are tons of these available online. Have you joined the Wit & Wisdom Facebook group? (Wit & Wisdom English K-2/Wit & Wisdom English 3-5 / Wit & Wisdom English 6-8) There is an Edmodo group you can find there where teachers are sharing their stuff for free. 🙂

        I’ll share a Google Drive folder with you that contains the lesson plan outline and planning tool I use!

        I hope that helps!! Let me know if you have other questions.

      1. Thank you for your comments on my blog! I have attached the general lesson plan format I used and a Focusing Question planning tool that our teachers have found useful. They usually sit down in grade level groups and go over a Focusing Question at a time. Obviously it is hard to plan that far in advance at first but our district has been very supportive about getting them some work time to do this the first couple times.

        We do not have to submit official lesson plans since the manual is so detailed. Some people just highlight their manual, but I preferred to write bullets like the attached so I didn’t have to carry it around. Most also make PowerPoints for each lesson and there are tons of these available online. Have you joined the Wit & Wisdom Facebook group? (Wit & Wisdom English K-2/Wit & Wisdom English 3-5 / Wit & Wisdom English 6-8) There is an Edmodo group you can find there where teachers are sharing their stuff for free. 🙂

        I’ll share a Google Drive folder with you that contains the lesson plan outline and planning tool I use!

        I hope that helps!! Let me know if you have other questions.

      1. Thank you for your comments on my blog! I have attached the general lesson plan format I used and a Focusing Question planning tool that our teachers have found useful. They usually sit down in grade level groups and go over a Focusing Question at a time. Obviously it is hard to plan that far in advance at first but our district has been very supportive about getting them some work time to do this the first couple times.

        We do not have to submit official lesson plans since the manual is so detailed. Some people just highlight their manual, but I preferred to write bullets like the attached so I didn’t have to carry it around. Most also make PowerPoints for each lesson and there are tons of these available online. Have you joined the Wit & Wisdom Facebook group? (Wit & Wisdom English K-2/Wit & Wisdom English 3-5 / Wit & Wisdom English 6-8) There is an Edmodo group you can find there where teachers are sharing their stuff for free. 🙂

        I’ll share a Google Drive folder with you that contains the lesson plan outline and planning tool I use!

        I hope that helps!! Let me know if you have other questions.

  2. My school has just begun this program and I’m really not enjoying at all. I’m a first grade teacher and it’s difficult for me to see the long run of this creating successful readers. Any words of comfort?

    1. Kristi, it can be really challenging at first. Feel free to email me at sarah.webb@madriverschools.org if you want to connect with a first grade teacher in our district! They can speak much better about the experience and lessons learned in younger grades. Have you joined the Wit & Wisdom K-2 Facebook group? It’s also a great way to connect with other teachers in your shoes.

        1. Thank you for your comments on my blog! I have attached the general lesson plan format I used and a Focusing Question planning tool that our teachers have found useful. They usually sit down in grade level groups and go over a Focusing Question at a time. Obviously it is hard to plan that far in advance at first but our district has been very supportive about getting them some work time to do this the first couple times.

          We do not have to submit official lesson plans since the manual is so detailed. Some people just highlight their manual, but I preferred to write bullets like the attached so I didn’t have to carry it around. Most also make PowerPoints for each lesson and there are tons of these available online. Have you joined the Wit & Wisdom Facebook group? (Wit & Wisdom English K-2/Wit & Wisdom English 3-5 / Wit & Wisdom English 6-8) There is an Edmodo group you can find there where teachers are sharing their stuff for free. 🙂

          I’ll share a Google Drive folder with you that contains the lesson plan outline and planning tool I use!

          I hope that helps!! Let me know if you have other questions.

  3. My school is implementing Wit & Wisdom this year as well.
    We are interested in the lesson plan format due to state requirements.

  4. Hello Sarah!
    Our school also is doing the Wit and Wisdom Pilot Program this school year. We have had two days of P.D. and as a Kindergarten teacher our grade level is overwhelmed and not sure even now how to implement the program. We do know there are four modules and each thematic unit/lesson requires an Essential Question that will promote deeper critical thinking. How do you pull all of this together? Just scared that I may be starting out on a path whereby I may not end up in the right place with my students. I want to learn the program, but it was so much information to try and absorb in two days! Any guidance you can or may share would be a blessing!

    Your Friend in Kindergarten,

    Cynthia

  5. Hi, my school district is also implementing Wit and Wisdom. I am a 3rd Grade teacher. Is there a lesson plan format you can share? Thanks, Phyllis. Lemons

      1. Hi, I m tagging on to this comment as I am struggling to produce lesson plans for this curriculum. Can you also share with me @bbaines@friendshipschools.org. Thanks!

  6. I would also love to have the lesson plan template you use, please. Thank you so much for this article. It’s been a struggle implementing w&w, but I am hoping for positive outcomes.

    1. Thank you for your comments on my blog! I have attached the general lesson plan format I used and a Focusing Question planning tool that our teachers have found useful. They usually sit down in grade level groups and go over a Focusing Question at a time. Obviously it is hard to plan that far in advance at first but our district has been very supportive about getting them some work time to do this the first couple times.

      We do not have to submit official lesson plans since the manual is so detailed. Some people just highlight their manual, but I preferred to write bullets like the attached so I didn’t have to carry it around. Most also make PowerPoints for each lesson and there are tons of these available online. Have you joined the Wit & Wisdom Facebook group? (Wit & Wisdom English K-2/Wit & Wisdom English 3-5 / Wit & Wisdom English 6-8) There is an Edmodo group you can find there where teachers are sharing their stuff for free. 🙂

      I’ll share a Google Drive folder with you that contains the lesson plan outline and planning tool I use!

      I hope that helps!! Let me know if you have other questions.

  7. I would love to see the template myself. I am 4th grade and new to Wit and Wisdom. I am pretty lost with it all right now. Thanks!!

    1. Thank you for your comments on my blog! I have attached the general lesson plan format I used and a Focusing Question planning tool that our teachers have found useful. They usually sit down in grade level groups and go over a Focusing Question at a time. Obviously it is hard to plan that far in advance at first but our district has been very supportive about getting them some work time to do this the first couple times.

      We do not have to submit official lesson plans since the manual is so detailed. Some people just highlight their manual, but I preferred to write bullets like the attached so I didn’t have to carry it around. Most also make PowerPoints for each lesson and there are tons of these available online. Have you joined the Wit & Wisdom Facebook group? (Wit & Wisdom English K-2/Wit & Wisdom English 3-5 / Wit & Wisdom English 6-8) There is an Edmodo group you can find there where teachers are sharing their stuff for free. 🙂

      I’ll share a Google Drive folder with you that contains the lesson plan outline and planning tool I use!

      I hope that helps!! Let me know if you have other questions.

    1. Thank you for your comments on my blog! I have attached the general lesson plan format I used and a Focusing Question planning tool that our teachers have found useful. They usually sit down in grade level groups and go over a Focusing Question at a time. Obviously it is hard to plan that far in advance at first but our district has been very supportive about getting them some work time to do this the first couple times.

      We do not have to submit official lesson plans since the manual is so detailed. Some people just highlight their manual, but I preferred to write bullets like the attached so I didn’t have to carry it around. Most also make PowerPoints for each lesson and there are tons of these available online. Have you joined the Wit & Wisdom Facebook group? (Wit & Wisdom English K-2/Wit & Wisdom English 3-5 / Wit & Wisdom English 6-8) There is an Edmodo group you can find there where teachers are sharing their stuff for free. 🙂

      I’ll share a Google Drive folder with you that contains the lesson plan outline and planning tool I use!

      I hope that helps!! Let me know if you have other questions.

    1. Thank you for your comments on my blog! I have attached the general lesson plan format I used and a Focusing Question planning tool that our teachers have found useful. They usually sit down in grade level groups and go over a Focusing Question at a time. Obviously it is hard to plan that far in advance at first but our district has been very supportive about getting them some work time to do this the first couple times.

      We do not have to submit official lesson plans since the manual is so detailed. Some people just highlight their manual, but I preferred to write bullets like the attached so I didn’t have to carry it around. Most also make PowerPoints for each lesson and there are tons of these available online. Have you joined the Wit & Wisdom Facebook group? (Wit & Wisdom English K-2/Wit & Wisdom English 3-5 / Wit & Wisdom English 6-8) There is an Edmodo group you can find there where teachers are sharing their stuff for free. 🙂

      I’ll share a Google Drive folder with you that contains the lesson plan outline and planning tool I use!

      I hope that helps!! Let me know if you have other questions.

  8. Would you happen to have any help for a first grade teacher? Our district started this year. I am not enjoying it and I am struggling. Any tips?
    Thank you!

    1. Thank you for your comments on my blog! I have attached the general lesson plan format I used and a Focusing Question planning tool that our teachers have found useful. They usually sit down in grade level groups and go over a Focusing Question at a time. Obviously it is hard to plan that far in advance at first but our district has been very supportive about getting them some work time to do this the first couple times.

      We do not have to submit official lesson plans since the manual is so detailed. Some people just highlight their manual, but I preferred to write bullets like the attached so I didn’t have to carry it around. Most also make PowerPoints for each lesson and there are tons of these available online. Have you joined the Wit & Wisdom Facebook group? (Wit & Wisdom English K-2/Wit & Wisdom English 3-5 / Wit & Wisdom English 6-8) There is an Edmodo group you can find there where teachers are sharing their stuff for free. 🙂

      I’ll share a Google Drive folder with you that contains the lesson plan outline and planning tool I use!

      I hope that helps!! Let me know if you have other questions.

  9. Could I get a copy of the lesson plan format please? I teach 3rd grade. We began using Wit & Wisdom this year and I am hopeful we will have great results.

    1. Thank you for your comments on my blog! I have attached the general lesson plan format I used and a Focusing Question planning tool that our teachers have found useful. They usually sit down in grade level groups and go over a Focusing Question at a time. Obviously it is hard to plan that far in advance at first but our district has been very supportive about getting them some work time to do this the first couple times.

      We do not have to submit official lesson plans since the manual is so detailed. Some people just highlight their manual, but I preferred to write bullets like the attached so I didn’t have to carry it around. Most also make PowerPoints for each lesson and there are tons of these available online. Have you joined the Wit & Wisdom Facebook group? (Wit & Wisdom English K-2/Wit & Wisdom English 3-5 / Wit & Wisdom English 6-8) There is an Edmodo group you can find there where teachers are sharing their stuff for free. 🙂

      I’ll share a Google Drive folder with you that contains the lesson plan outline and planning tool I use!

      I hope that helps!! Let me know if you have other questions.

  10. We have implemented Wit & Wisdom this year. I am very excited about it! Could you please send me a copy of your lesson plan format? Thanks!

    1. Thank you for your comments on my blog! I have attached the general lesson plan format I used and a Focusing Question planning tool that our teachers have found useful. They usually sit down in grade level groups and go over a Focusing Question at a time. Obviously it is hard to plan that far in advance at first but our district has been very supportive about getting them some work time to do this the first couple times.

      We do not have to submit official lesson plans since the manual is so detailed. Some people just highlight their manual, but I preferred to write bullets like the attached so I didn’t have to carry it around. Most also make PowerPoints for each lesson and there are tons of these available online. Have you joined the Wit & Wisdom Facebook group? (Wit & Wisdom English K-2/Wit & Wisdom English 3-5 / Wit & Wisdom English 6-8) There is an Edmodo group you can find there where teachers are sharing their stuff for free. 🙂

      I’ll share a Google Drive folder with you that contains the lesson plan outline and planning tool I use!

      I hope that helps!! Let me know if you have other questions.

  11. Thank you for the article. I am a first grade teacher and my district is implementing Wit & Wisdom this school year. I would appreciate having the template as well. Thanks for pointing out the facebook group. I hope to join it as well.

    1. Thank you for your comments on my blog! I have attached the general lesson plan format I used and a Focusing Question planning tool that our teachers have found useful. They usually sit down in grade level groups and go over a Focusing Question at a time. Obviously it is hard to plan that far in advance at first but our district has been very supportive about getting them some work time to do this the first couple times.

      We do not have to submit official lesson plans since the manual is so detailed. Some people just highlight their manual, but I preferred to write bullets like the attached so I didn’t have to carry it around. Most also make PowerPoints for each lesson and there are tons of these available online. Have you joined the Wit & Wisdom Facebook group? (Wit & Wisdom English K-2/Wit & Wisdom English 3-5 / Wit & Wisdom English 6-8) There is an Edmodo group you can find there where teachers are sharing their stuff for free. 🙂

      I’ll share a Google Drive folder with you that contains the lesson plan outline and planning tool I use!

      I hope that helps!! Let me know if you have other questions.

  12. Hi Sarah. Love this conversation. We are starting the Wit & Wisdom Curriculum this year. I would to have the lesson plan template you use, also. Though, we’re just starting to use this curriculum this week, it seems so much better than the one we were using. Can’t wait to see how it works for the students. Thanking you in advance for the lesson plan template!

    1. Thank you for your comments on my blog! I have attached the general lesson plan format I used and a Focusing Question planning tool that our teachers have found useful. They usually sit down in grade level groups and go over a Focusing Question at a time. Obviously it is hard to plan that far in advance at first but our district has been very supportive about getting them some work time to do this the first couple times.

      We do not have to submit official lesson plans since the manual is so detailed. Some people just highlight their manual, but I preferred to write bullets like the attached so I didn’t have to carry it around. Most also make PowerPoints for each lesson and there are tons of these available online. Have you joined the Wit & Wisdom Facebook group? (Wit & Wisdom English K-2/Wit & Wisdom English 3-5 / Wit & Wisdom English 6-8) There is an Edmodo group you can find there where teachers are sharing their stuff for free. 🙂

      I’ll share a Google Drive folder with you that contains the lesson plan outline and planning tool I use!

      I hope that helps!! Let me know if you have other questions.

  13. I am a third-grade teacher who is im[lementing Wit and Wisdom this year. I would love for you to share your lesson plan format. Also, any suggestions on how to make it flow and are you adding mini-lessons on content standards to your daily agenda?

  14. You were honest in your article and I appreciate that! My district has just started it’s first year of implementing Wit & Wisdom. I would also love to see the lesson plan format you have used. Thank you for sharing!

    1. Thank you for your comments on my blog! I have attached the general lesson plan format I used and a Focusing Question planning tool that our teachers have found useful. They usually sit down in grade level groups and go over a Focusing Question at a time. Obviously it is hard to plan that far in advance at first but our district has been very supportive about getting them some work time to do this the first couple times.

      We do not have to submit official lesson plans since the manual is so detailed. Some people just highlight their manual, but I preferred to write bullets like the attached so I didn’t have to carry it around. Most also make PowerPoints for each lesson and there are tons of these available online. Have you joined the Wit & Wisdom Facebook group? (Wit & Wisdom English K-2/Wit & Wisdom English 3-5 / Wit & Wisdom English 6-8) There is an Edmodo group you can find there where teachers are sharing their stuff for free. 🙂

      I’ll share a Google Drive folder with you that contains the lesson plan outline and planning tool I use!

      I hope that helps!! Let me know if you have other questions.

    1. Thank you for your comments on my blog! I have attached the general lesson plan format I used and a Focusing Question planning tool that our teachers have found useful. They usually sit down in grade level groups and go over a Focusing Question at a time. Obviously it is hard to plan that far in advance at first but our district has been very supportive about getting them some work time to do this the first couple times.

      We do not have to submit official lesson plans since the manual is so detailed. Some people just highlight their manual, but I preferred to write bullets like the attached so I didn’t have to carry it around. Most also make PowerPoints for each lesson and there are tons of these available online. Have you joined the Wit & Wisdom Facebook group? (Wit & Wisdom English K-2/Wit & Wisdom English 3-5 / Wit & Wisdom English 6-8) There is an Edmodo group you can find there where teachers are sharing their stuff for free. 🙂

      I’ll share a Google Drive folder with you that contains the lesson plan outline and planning tool I use!

      I hope that helps!! Let me know if you have other questions.

    1. Thank you for your comments on my blog! I have attached the general lesson plan format I used and a Focusing Question planning tool that our teachers have found useful. They usually sit down in grade level groups and go over a Focusing Question at a time. Obviously it is hard to plan that far in advance at first but our district has been very supportive about getting them some work time to do this the first couple times.

      We do not have to submit official lesson plans since the manual is so detailed. Some people just highlight their manual, but I preferred to write bullets like the attached so I didn’t have to carry it around. Most also make PowerPoints for each lesson and there are tons of these available online. Have you joined the Wit & Wisdom Facebook group? (Wit & Wisdom English K-2/Wit & Wisdom English 3-5 / Wit & Wisdom English 6-8) There is an Edmodo group you can find there where teachers are sharing their stuff for free. 🙂

      I’ll share a Google Drive folder with you that contains the lesson plan outline and planning tool I use!

      I hope that helps!! Let me know if you have other questions.

  15. If you are still sharing your template and YOUR wisdom, I am following! Can I email you for the template? Also, do you know any middle school level teachers who are implementing?

    Thank you!

    1. I’ve shared the general lesson plan format I used and a Focusing Question planning tool that our teachers have found useful. They usually sit down in grade level groups and go over a Focusing Question at a time. Obviously it is hard to plan that far in advance at first but our district has been very supportive about getting them some work time to do this the first couple times.

      We do not have to submit official lesson plans since the manual is so detailed. Some people just highlight their manual, but I preferred to write bullets like the attached so I didn’t have to carry it around. Most also make PowerPoints for each lesson and there are tons of these available online. Have you joined the Wit & Wisdom Facebook group? (Wit & Wisdom English K-2/Wit & Wisdom English 3-5 / Wit & Wisdom English 6-8) There is an Edmodo group you can find there where teachers are sharing their stuff for free. 🙂

      I’ll share a Google Drive folder with you that contains the lesson plan outline and planning tool I use!

      I hope that helps!! Let me know if you have other questions.

  16. Hello Sarah,
    My school district is using the wit and wisdom curriculum program and this is also my first year of being a kindergarten teacher. Is it possible that you can email sample of the lesson plan or template used for kindergarten so that I can have an idea of how to implement with my students?

  17. I would love the lesson template and any help you can give. I teach 1st and 2nd at the same time and this is a real struggle. So far I hate it and so do my kids.

    1. Hi Tonya,

      Sorry it’s been a struggle so far. It is certainly an adjustment from other curricula. I have share via Google Drive, the general lesson plan format I used and a Focusing Question planning tool that our teachers have found useful. They usually sit down in grade level groups and go over a Focusing Question at a time. Obviously it is hard to plan that far in advance at first but our district has been very supportive about getting them some work time to do this the first couple times.

      We do not have to submit official lesson plans since the manual is so detailed. Some people just highlight their manual, but I preferred to write bullets like the attached so I didn’t have to carry it around. Most also make PowerPoints for each lesson and there are tons of these available online. Have you joined the Wit & Wisdom Facebook group? (Wit & Wisdom English K-2/Wit & Wisdom English 3-5 / Wit & Wisdom English 6-8) There is an Edmodo group you can find there where teachers are sharing their stuff for free. 🙂

      I’ll share a Google Drive folder with you that contains the lesson plan outline and planning tool I use!

      I hope that helps!! Let me know if you have other questions.

  18. I’m a parent and my son’s school has adopted Wisdom and Wit for 5th grade. He is not doing well. There is little to no guidance and no homework. Is there any support for parents? Any guidance would greatly be appreciated.

  19. I am currently an Instructional Assistant but I am only one semester and student teaching away from my teaching certificate, and I am 53 years old. My school has adopted this curriculum this year and I am with a young teacher who seems to be overwhelmed with the curriculum. I would like to be more informed so I can better support him and the students. I would like your Google drive files please and I thank you for suggesting the face book group for additional support.

  20. Hello,
    My school began using Wit and Wisdom this year! I am a 5th grade teacher and have yet to find the best way to blend the curriculum with my own teaching style and am seeking help wherever I can find it! I would love to see your lesson planning template. I teach ELA to all of our 5th graders and have discussed the curriculum with other grade levels and as you mentioned, the materials are of depth and are requiring teachers and students to change their way of thinking! I appreciate individuals like you so much, who are willing to share their own knowledge. Thank you!

    sbmangrum@outlook.com

  21. I would love the template if you don’t mind sharing again. I’m a fourth grade teacher and struggling with it too. Like one stated above I’m afraid I’m not teaching my kids well as I feel like it hits on a lot of skills and strategies within a small period of time.

    1. It’s definitely a fast-paced, challenging curriculum. You’re not alone in your feelings! I’ve shared the templates with you!

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About the Author: Sarah Webb taught third and fourth grade for 10 years and now does ELL and Curriculum Support for Mad River Local Schools in Riverside, Ohio. She has a Masters in Literacy from the University of Dayton where she also teaches adjunct courses.