Saturday, January 4, 2014

Visual Lesson Plans ~ What Works!

Visual lesson plans are amazing!  They keep a team of teacher on track and give visual clues to the progression of activities.  Our teachers are using visual lesson plans to create common anchor charts, keep track of universal texts and additional instructional and/or read-aloud texts for their units of study.  We have weekly visual lesson plans with long-term end products for project-based learning as well.  We definitely borrow anchor chart ideas from Pinterest as well as create our own as we target strategies and skills.

The three page example below is from Snowflake Bentley.  The first snip is our texts, focus vocabulary, anchor charts, CAFE Strategies and I Can statements that directly relate to the CCSS (Common Core State Standards.)  Our elementary school teachers have created grade level literacy guidelines that integrate the CCSS and recommendations from the Continuum of Literacy by Irene Fountas and Gay Su Pinnell.  We use these  literacy guidelines to plan universal instruction and WIN groups (What I Need), which our our skills-based groups depending on what children need to work on in reading.

Creating visual lesson plans for each grade level is new this year and our plans are changing as the year progresses and we find what works for each grade level team.

Overwhelming feedback from the amazing teachers I work with is that these plans lend themselves to better continuity between classrooms and within grade levels.  Teacher are collaborating to develop these plans and the team building is fabulous.  I am so thrilled to be a Reading Specialist and working with these terrific teachers!


  1. This is such an amazing idea to help a team say on the same track! Great Visuals!