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Common Core Lesson Plan Organizers for Math and ELA

By Genia Connell on September 10, 2013
  • Grades: PreK–K, 1–2, 3–5

The week before school began, elementary teachers in my district were presented with brand new reading and writing curriculums along with our first new math series in 21 years. These new programs have been put in place to help us prepare our students for full implementation of the Common Core State Standards. Trying to plan lessons these first few weeks, however, with all this new and unfamiliar material, has honestly left my head spinning. On top of all that, we also have a new teacher evaluation system (our third in as many years!) that will let me know if I am highly effective in teaching all of this new material. Oh my!

In trying to keep everything straight, I turned to a lesson tracking organizer that I created lasted year when I was trying to determine how well the lessons I was teaching in our old curriculum matched the Common Core Standards. This week, I thought I would share my lesson tracking organizers with other teachers who may be feeling as overwhelmed as I am right now or who would like to know they are on the right track with their daily lessons. 

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.

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 children meet all the required  standards.


Download Lesson Plan Trackers for Your Grade Level

While I originally created the trackers for my third grade classroom, I've taken standards for K-5 and put them into files for all grade levels. Looking at the standards for grades that precede mine is also helping me fill in the gaps that are occurring in some areas due to changing curriculums. 

The ELA trackers provide all of the standards at each grade level in Reading (Literature and Informational), Writing, Foundational Skills, Speaking and Listening, and Language.

The math trackers cover all of the math strands at each grade level including Measurement, Geometry, and Algebraic Operations.

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 corestandards.org where you can get more information on the standards.

Click on each picture below to download your own copy.

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common core lesson plan tracker ELA grade 1Common core lesson plan tracker grade 1 math


Common core lesson plan tracker gr 2 elaCommon core lesson plan tracker grade 2 math


Common core lesson plan tracker gr 3 ELACommon core lesson plan tracker gr 3 math


Common core lesson plan tracker gr 4 ELA


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Lesson Trackers 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


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



Comments (58)

Thank you so very much for doing this. The application uses are endless.

Thank you so very much! It appears to be great informal/formal assessment tool.

I used the Kindergarten ones last year and it was a great way to keep track of the standards I taught. I am moving to preK this year. Any chance of getting one for PreK?

For some reason I cannot find the ones for 6th...would really like to check those out.

Need 6-8 too! We always get left out :(

Hi Debby,

Check out my post from October, organizers for Grades 6-8. http://www.scholastic.com/teachers/top-teaching/2013/10/common-core-math-and-ela-lesson-plan-organizers-middle-grades

Thanks for reading! Genia

Thank you very much! I really appreciate it!

thank you so much

These are amazing! Thank You!!!!!

Hi, pre-k follows the common core in ELA and math as well. Any chance of getting it for my grade? I'm hopeful. Thanks.

Hi, I am the team leader for a sixth grade team, and I Love your tracker idea. I cannot find the 6th grade one. Could you please direct me?


If you click on my picture at the top, all of my posts will come up. The trackers for grades 6, 7 and 8 are my most recent post. Hope you find them useful! Genia

please let me know when you post the lesson tracker for grade 6. thanks.

Hi Gina, it was posted yesterday. Hope you find it helpful.

These are really great! I am a librarian and will pass these on to the teachers. I didn't see where to get to the older classes that you added. Thanks for all your work! G
PS Are you developing anything for librarians?

So glad I stumbled upon these this morning...will share with my 4th grade team! Thanks so much!

Hi KC,

Thanks for reading and commenting. I hope these work out well with your team! Take care, Genia

These sheets are terrific! I offer educational services to schools and will keep a set for each school, to keep me on track. You saved me a lot of work!

Hi Christina,

Thanks so much! I'm so happy whenever I know something I've posted is saving a teacher time--something none of us have enough of! ~Genia

Thanks for creating AND SHARING these! I teach middle school, so I am ANXIOUSLY waiting for these to get posted! Great job!

Hello! So happy to share. Look for the middle school version to be posted on Wednesday! ~Genia

This is great, just what I needed!
Thanks for your hard work!!

awesome...thanks for sharing!

I need one for 8th grade reading!

So appreciative! Thank you for sharing :)

These are great!!! Really appreciate you taking the time to create these and make them available for everyone! They are VERY helpful and also loving how they are organized.

SO incredibly kind of you to share these with us! Thank you!

These are great, but is anyone working on 6-8?

Look for the grade 6-8 organizers to be posted next week! I'm working on them right now. ~Genia

I echo all the appreciation present here and can't wait to see the 6th grade version when it's ready! A thousand thrilled thank yous, Genia!

Wow! These are wonderful! You're right...they are right up my alley!

Thank you so much! These are wonderful and very helpful!

Wonderful ideas--when do you find the time for all of these great ideas?

Genia, thank you for doing this wonderful work. It is very helpful!

Always happy to help you my dear friend! ~G

Thank you for taking the time to create the lesson trackers and for sharing it for free. You saved me hours! I can't even begin to tell you how much I appreciate it!

Thanks, Nicole! Happy I could save you a little time. We teachers are always short on it! ~Genia

Thank you for providing us with the tracking forms.
I am not able to edit the Reading Tracking form for Third Grade.
I can edit the Math Tracking form however. Can do something about this? Thank you again.

Thanks so much for all the positive comments! I'm hoping these forms are helpful as you plan out your lessons. I know I really liked having them for my third grade class, and I thought others who teach elementary would like them too. From the comments, I can see there is a great deal of interest from middle school teachers, so I'll create similar forms for 6-8 as soon as I get the chance! I fixed the couple of typos brought to my attention (thank you!) and PDFs have now been added for those unable to download the doc.x forms. Take care, Genia

Need one for 6th grade without all of the frilly pictures, borders and stuff. That is always a deterrent when downloading these types of resources. I love that it is out there but I don't like the fancy fonts, clip art and stuff. So, I end up reinventing the wheel and doing my own stuff.

Thank you so much for sharing your many hours of work! I am going to institute your system to keep my teaching in alignment. I love all of your attractive forms. We have to keep our records upbeat for ourselves! You have simplified the Common Core into a workable form. Your school is so lucky to have you!

Wow! Thank you for this great tool!! I am going to share the link on my blog.

No 6th grade? It would be nice to see intermediate represented; they are still part of elementary here in my district.

Massachusetts has Preschool ELA and Math CORE standards that K do not meet all the needs for us. it would be helpful to have those available too. Thank you

Thank you for posting this. It is a great resource. I'm going to try and find the time to use it on a regular basis. The new CCSS are kicking my butt!

Hear-Hear for middle school too! :) So hard to find anything for those grades. Very nice!

Thank you so much!! By having it on a word document, it will not be difficult at all to edit for the middle grades.

I appreciate you sharing this.

Would love to have this for middle grades!!

Thank you! Our school computers are very old and we can not open docx files. Is it possible to get a .doc copy?

I'll see what I can do!

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