Free Curriculum Map: The Ultimate Guide for Organizing and Managing Your Curriculum

What is a Curriculum Map?

A curriculum map is a planning tool that allows educators to determine how content, skills, and standards will be laid out for the year. Think of it this way. Imagine you are going on a 9-month adventure. You would want to be sure you had a path to follow so you can actually get where you are going. AND you would want to be sure you didn’t miss any of those important sights and highlights along the way. A curriculum map works the same way. It guides you through your year-long school adventure and assures that you don’t accidentally miss the exit to the Eiffel Tower!

A curriculum map will include the instructional big ideas for your classroom and suggest materials you can use to teach it. You will also want to keep an eye on your state’s standards so you won’t miss something important.

In general, you will find reading, phonics, reading, writing, math, and more. It just depends on how detailed you want to go with your planning.

Homeschool parents will also want to follow a year-long curriculum plan.

Free Curriculum Map for kindergarten, first grade, and even second grade! This includes reading, writing, a math scope and sequence, and a phonics scope and sequence. Plus a ton of FREE resources!

How to create a curriculum map?

One of the most frequent questions I’m asked is “How do I plan out my year-long curriculum?” In the past, I had planned out my year through a combination of paper, Post-It Notes, gum wrappers (kidding on the last one).

But when I lead our district’s instructional team, I had to get organized. That was probably 10 years ago and I have been using curriculum maps ever since.

One huge consideration when creating a curriculum map is looking at the grade level below the one you teach and the grade above the one you teach. For example, in kindergarten, you would want to see what Pre-K teachers are teaching. You will also want to look at the first-grade curriculum map. In this way, you will be able to pick up where the previous grade left off and make sure you have your students ready for their next year… in this case, first-grade.

Remember, you are looking for the big ideas, so keep them simple and easy to follow.

Free Curriculum Map for kindergarten, first grade, and even second grade! This includes reading, writing, a math scope and sequence, and a phonics scope and sequence. Plus a ton of FREE resources!

How to use a curriculum map

Curriculum mapping is used to help teachers keep track of their work that has taken place in the classroom and the work that still needs to be done. As the year progresses, you may find you need to modify your curriculum map. Make notes as you go along on your actual document. If you are anything like me if you “think” you will remember at the end of the year when you are revising your curriculum map, you won’t… Mercy!

You will also find that having a shared curriculum map with your grade level team helps you collaborate more. It is also a great tool to use if you want to plan a celebration or room transformation. You can see where those special curriculum days make the most sense.

Sometimes it is helpful to have someone do the heavy lifting. I created this curriculum map many, many, many years ago. Over the years, it has been modified and updated. [See the previous section in this blog post about that.]

Free Curriculum Map for kindergarten, first grade, and even second grade! This includes reading, writing, a math scope and sequence, and a phonics scope and sequence. Plus a ton of FREE resources!

Scope and Sequence too!

Another question that I get that goes hand-in-hand with a curriculum mapping is, “What does your scope and sequence look like?” Over the years, I have modified the phonics scope and sequence for kindergarten and first grade. Deanna and I did that after pouring over research and consulting teachers who are in the trenches!

This free curriculum guide is MASSIVE. Here is what you will find:

  • kindergarten  phonics scope and sequence, phonemic awareness, reading, writing, and math scope and sequence
  • first-grade  phonics scope and sequence, phonemic awareness, reading, writing, and math scope and sequence
  • second-grade  reading and writing

Because this document is so large, we included an interactive Table of Contents. When this file is downloaded on your computer, you will simply click on the boxes to jump to that section within the curriculum map pdf!

Free Curriculum Map for kindergarten, first grade, and even second grade! This includes reading, writing, a math scope and sequence, and a phonics scope and sequence. Plus a ton of FREE resources!
Free Curriculum Map for kindergarten, first grade, and even second grade! This includes reading, writing, a math scope and sequence, and a phonics scope and sequence. Plus a ton of FREE resources!
Free Curriculum Map for kindergarten, first grade, and even second grade! This includes reading, writing, a math scope and sequence, and a phonics scope and sequence. Plus a ton of FREE resources!
Free Curriculum Map for kindergarten, first grade, and even second grade! This includes reading, writing, a math scope and sequence, and a phonics scope and sequence. Plus a ton of FREE resources!

Other items included in this curriculum map

Curriculum Research

We are often asked about the research we used to create our resources. You can find that information in this curriculum map download as well. We have listed the professional reading we used to create the original teacher resources. We highly recommend you look these resources up and include them in your own professional reading.

Free Curriculum Map for kindergarten, first grade, and even second grade! This includes reading, writing, a math scope and sequence, and a phonics scope and sequence. Plus a ton of FREE resources!

Curriculum Map Crosswalk

We are asked about how our resources work with other big box curriculum. We had some lovely teachers work on curriculum crosswalks. You can find a link to those within the curriculum map pdf as well.

Free Curriculum Map for kindergarten, first grade, and even second grade! This includes reading, writing, a math scope and sequence, and a phonics scope and sequence. Plus a ton of FREE resources!

Curriculum Map: Mentor Text Lists

Readers’ Workshop Suggested Book List

You will also find read-aloud suggested booklists! Here are some suggested read-aloud books by month! We now have 3 years worth of fantastic interactive read-aloud book suggestions. As I always say, you can’t have a deep conversation about a book if that book does not have deep roots!

You can find our Read Aloud curriculum that we call Engaging Readers:

Free Curriculum Map for kindergarten, first grade, and even second grade! This includes reading, writing, a math scope and sequence, and a phonics scope and sequence. Plus a ton of FREE resources!
Free Curriculum Map for kindergarten, first grade, and even second grade! This includes reading, writing, a math scope and sequence, and a phonics scope and sequence. Plus a ton of FREE resources!

Lilly’s Purple Plastic Purse Free File

We also have provided a sample of our Engaging Readers for you! You will find a 5-day lesson plan for Lilly’s Purple Plastic Purse.  This is will give you an idea on how easy it is to teach the joy of reading with our Engaging Readers units.  This free sample is complete with related comprehension charts, response pages, and related rubrics! That sample is in this download you will find the link at the end of this blog post.

Free Curriculum Map for kindergarten, first grade, and even second grade! This includes reading, writing, a math scope and sequence, and a phonics scope and sequence. Plus a ton of FREE resources!
Free Curriculum Map for kindergarten, first grade, and even second grade! This includes reading, writing, a math scope and sequence, and a phonics scope and sequence. Plus a ton of FREE resources!
Free Curriculum Map for kindergarten, first grade, and even second grade! This includes reading, writing, a math scope and sequence, and a phonics scope and sequence. Plus a ton of FREE resources!
Free Curriculum Map for kindergarten, first grade, and even second grade! This includes reading, writing, a math scope and sequence, and a phonics scope and sequence. Plus a ton of FREE resources!

Writers’ Workshop Mentor Text Lists

Over the years, we have curated a list of writing mentor texts. We also have some suggested writers’ workshop suggested mentor texts.  We have also created a writer’s workshop curriculum that takes the guess work out of teaching writing to emergent writers.  Since creating this curriculum back in 2011, we have had thousands of teachers tell us how they students have transformed and writing is now their favorite time of the day.

Free Curriculum Map for kindergarten, first grade, and even second grade! This includes reading, writing, a math scope and sequence, and a phonics scope and sequence. Plus a ton of FREE resources!
Free Curriculum Map for kindergarten, first grade, and even second grade! This includes reading, writing, a math scope and sequence, and a phonics scope and sequence. Plus a ton of FREE resources!

Math Tool Kits

If you are looking to organize your math time, you will find tips for creating Math Tool Kits! Game! Changer! To read more on Math Tool Kits and how they CHANGED my LIFE, you can read THIS blog post.

Free Curriculum Map for kindergarten, first grade, and even second grade! This includes reading, writing, a math scope and sequence, and a phonics scope and sequence. Plus a ton of FREE resources!

Example of a Curriculum Map

With this download, you will find an example of a curriculum map. In fact, you will find three examples of curriculum maps! You can use them as-is or as a curriculum map template model.

  • Kindergarten Curriculum Map This curriculum map example is the actual one I created and used in my own classroom. It is a great starting place. If you need to modify the curriculum map for your classroom, simply grab your pencil and white-out and modify them to fit YOUR classroom and needs. In my opinion, the resources I have suggested are sound teaching practices that will help your instruction match the common core state standards (or for you rebels out there… your states objectives{insert winky face here}).
  • First-Grade Curriculum Map You will find a first-grade curriculum map example in this free download as well. Again, you will have a simple curriculum pacing guide to help you.
  • Second-Grade Curriculum Map We also have a second-grade curriculum map that includes the instructional focus for readers’ workshop and writers’ workshop.
Free Curriculum Map for kindergarten, first grade, and even second grade! This includes reading, writing, a math scope and sequence, and a phonics scope and sequence. Plus a ton of FREE resources!

I sure hope this helps you on your quest for an organized year!

Curriculum Guide and Free Resources Download!

You can download the file below! Simply add your email to the box below. This curriculum guide will be sent to your email. (NOTE: check your spam folder if you don’t see it immediately.)

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Deedee Wills

Deedee Wills

My teaching career allowed me to experience teaching in different classroom environments and grades. My heart belongs to early childhood education. My job is to make teaching FUN, ENGAGING, and EASIER. Welcome!

Hi, I'm DeedeE.

My teaching career allowed me to experience teaching in different classroom environments and grades. My heart belongs to early childhood education. My job is to make teaching FUN, ENGAGING, and EASIER. Welcome!
 

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  1. Thank you for all the hard work this represents. I hope you at least got to do some of it pool side 🙂 Enjoy your last two conferences and the fleeting moments of summer!

  2. This is exactly what I have been "meaning to get to" all summer! I have a K/1 class this year and I was having difficulty creating a format that worked for what I needed to cover in each grade. Thank you for this amazing resource. It is brilliant and I am looking forward to using this in my planning! VERY HELPFUL!

  3. You all are so welcome! I needed to make this for me and I am glad you are going to be able to rest easy knowing it is available for you! Thank you for your comments! I do appreciate them!

  4. These are great! My grade level is getting together next week to do long range plans and these will help so much! Of course we all do some things differently, but you put on paper what was only starting to form in my summer brain! Now if you could start on the math…. just kidding! 🙂 Thanks so much for sharing!

    Camp Kindergarten

  5. This is awesome!!! I am so thankful that I got to learn from you at I Teach K! this summer. You are such an inspiration! And to do this and share with others…well, you are amazing! I appreciate your hard work.

  6. Omg! this is exactly what I have been putting off doing!!! Thanks so much for sharing this and for free!!! You are amazing! I already have all the Reader's Workshops and I am currently in the process of making all the posters!!! Thank you so much!!!
    Angela Nouryeh

  7. DeeDee you are amazing! I hope that you get time to enjoy the summer. People are so lucky to see you at conference. I'm glad I got the chance!!

  8. Just the word Curriculum Map strikes terror into the hearts of many. We worked it to death in after school inservice meetings two years in a row (and then never looked at them again). Thinking of a curriculum map as an outline for the year and a guideline for the direction you are heading makes it much easier to understand and more likely to be used all year. Thank you for sharing yours! It is a great starting point for making my own.

    Terri Izatt
    KinderKapers

  9. Thank you!! This is something my team is going to be doing in the near future, and seeing someone else's laid out, makes the task seem doable. Thanks for the ideas and encouragement. I will definitely be using this! Do you plan to do one for math?

  10. Wow! This is amazing and you are apologizing for what exactly? We started fundations last year and this will be so helpful. We used the letters as they were presented in our reading program and it made starting Fundations in January a little tricky. Thank you!

  11. Wow! Thank you so much Dee Dee. You are such an inspiration to all of us. I appreciate so much your willingness to share with all of us. My kinders and I love love love your products. Bless you!

  12. Thanks so much for sharing, SHARING!, all your hard work! I teach Gr. 1 in Canada and I absolutely agree, this outline can easily work for it too. Enjoy the remaining time you have off, we don't go back til beginning of Sept. One more month to go, wahoo! Judy

  13. Thank you so much. You are so generous!! This will be so helpful. We are to begin using the Common Core ELA standards this year at my school. This will be a great guide for us. Thanks again!

  14. I have put my email address in to get the free curriculum map, but I haven’t received any email. I did it about a week ago, and again today. Can you please email it to me? [email protected]

  15. Hi! Just wondering what literacy program you use at your school? Are you familiar with American Reading program and the IRLA assessment?

  16. I have entered my email three times over the past two days but have not received any reply or files for your K-2 Curriculum Map. I tried twice with my school email (and even checked the spam folder) and then tried my personal email and I still haven’t received any replies. What am I doing wrong??

  17. I would like to have a free copy of 2 Month Curriculum Map With Mentor Text Lists For K-2 (FREE) 2019, but everytime I enter “join” it doesn’t work. Could you please send to my via email? Appreciate it.

    Thank you.

  18. WOW!! LOVE THIS!! I’m wondering if there is an editable version of this?! My county requires us to follow there scope and sequence, but it’s not as user friendly as this! I would love to be able to move around standards and such. If not, I’d love to know how you created this!

    1. Christina, I have to tell you a VERY sad story. I accidentally saved over my original. I can NOT believe I did that. SO next time I have to update it, I have to start from scratch! GAH! Yes! I CRIED!!!

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