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Using Curriculum Maps in Elementary Schools

“Decide what’s important to learn and teach it in many different ways.” Howard Gardner

Curriculum maps mean different things to different people as it varies depending on your school. To me curriculum maps are important to grade level teachers because they can work together to develop a framework of important concepts, skills, resources, activities and vocabulary for each unit.

Having a curriculum map helps teams of educators be on the same page during a unit, yet give each teacher enough room to individualize and differentiate to fit their classrooms needs. Curriculum maps take time for a team to develop but once they are developed, they will only need to be tweaked each year. Curriculum maps are an ongoing process as you always revise, evaluate and continue to make your map better.  

Creating curriculum maps acquire teachers to collaborate and discuss standards more in depth. It forces teachers to analyze what they are teaching and why. It helps teams of teachers pace themselves along with keeping them focused on objectives.

I believe that curriculum maps should have key components such as concepts, vocabulary, skills, resources, activities and assessments. Below is how I believe a curriculum map for elementary schools should look like. The first row describes what should be in each box. In the second row, I gave an example of what could be in the box using 5th grade algebra as the math unit. I also believe above the map should be an essential question.

(I could not figure out how to change the table codes to make this appear as a table…you will have to pretend there are lines seperating the sections. :-))


Concept Vocab Skills Resources Activities Assessment
Objective   being taught from unit. Key   vocabulary the students should understand. Skills   are the key abilities the students must master. They start as verb. Teachers   share resources that they could use to help teach the concept.

(Add   Technology Integration here)

Teachers   share activities that they could use to help teach the concept.

(Add   Technology Integration here)

Informal   or formal assessments that will be used to gage mastery.

Determined   by individual teachers


Identify,   compare and order, fractions with both like and unlike denominators  1.02a (State or Common Core Objective #) Denominator,   numerator, like, unlike, benchmark fractions, greater than, less than, common   denominator Compare   and order fractions/ decimals (teacher choice), draw pics to represent   fractions and reverse, Entering fractions in calculator. simplify/ reduce/ lowest   with calculator Math   strategies DPI – variety of activities from pgs 1 – 36, magnetic cubes and   spheres (math room), fraction burgers (see Mrs. Smith) Hands on Standards (Mrs.   Thompson)Name that Portion (JP&CF)

Smartboard   lessons on public drive.

See   Math Strategies pgs. 1 – 29,

Hands   on Standards

Math   room has great manipulative based activities.


Investigation   units.

Create   how to glogsters.

Exit   Slips


Portfolios   of math workshop work.

Common   Assessment will be at end of unit Dec 16th.


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