I recently had a request to update my curriculum planning guide for the 2014-2015 school year. I made one last year, just trying to get a clear picture of when I would be teaching certain concepts. It really helped me align my subjects, so if I was doing a unit on plants in science for instance, I would tie in my poetry with a plant poem, and some good non-fiction plant books in my reader's workshop.
Overall, I feel that this pre-planning immensely helped me in writing my lesson plans this year. The time spent on my weekly plans has been cut in half. I decided to get fancy this year, and purchase Adobe Acrobat. I am loving the editing capabilities, and I feel that this years planning guide is much more user friendly with that program. If you are interested in my editable planning guide, click on the link below!