Easy Scope and Sequence Template

Whether you’re a lower or upper elementary teacher, use our simple-to-use blank scope and sequence templates to plan your teaching.

A scope and sequence template (also known as a pacing guide template) provides a framework for structuring a school’s curriculum into time-based segments, with the goal that students learn teaching objectives in a strategic sequence.

While your school district may have a particular scope and sequence pacing guide in place for its teachers to utilize, it’s quite easy and a great idea to create your own simplified version.

Doing so provides you with a clear and concise teaching plan for the entire school year that serves as a helpful reference when lesson planning.

In this post, you’ll…

  • View simple yet effective scope and sequence templates that you can use in your elementary curriculum planning.
  • Discover the steps that show how I write a scope and sequence.

Those scope and sequence templates come in a variety of formats, our examples focus on templates that organize data by quarter and month.

Related: For more planning tools and ideas, check out our lesson planning and grading tools resources page. You’ll find lots of tips for working smarter, not harder.

Blank Scope and Sequence Templates (Monthly)

blank scope and sequence template

The first blank scope and sequence template organizes curriculum data monthly and includes all 12 months.

Subjects include math, reading, writing, science, social studies, and word work.

Though this format is not as popular, a monthly blank scope and sequence template is ideal for elementary teachers who want a very concise pacing guide with few details.

Once you download this pacing guide template, you’ll be able to edit each blank cell with your own information.

Find a link to download a copy of this blank scope and sequence guide towards the end of this post.

Pacing Guide Templates (Quarterly)

Though similar to the blank scope and sequence template above, the following pacing guide templates (2 different versions) organize data quarterly.

Customize the templates by typing your district’s curriculum information into each cell.

The first template provides sufficient space to write detailed curriculum information. From my experience, this is the most common format.

If you desire a quarterly structure that’s more concise, use the second version.

blank scope and sequence template for elementary teachers
blank scope and sequence template

How to Write a Scope and Sequence

When drafting a scope and sequence, you can make it as concise or detailed as you like.

Here’s the process to write a scope and sequence. For ease and flexibility, use Google Documents to draft your work.

  • Decide if you’ll organize your curriculum data monthly or quarterly.
  • Choose which subject you’ll dive into first. (e.g. math, reading, writing, etc.)
  • Grab a list of all the learning objectives/units you’ll need to teach for the entire school year. Your state standards (Common Core, TEKS, etc.) provide a good base.
  • Brainstorm the best order to teach the learning objectives.
  • Strategically allot specific teaching objectives for each month or quarter.
  • Preferably, review your work with colleagues to check for discrepancies, inconsistences, and/or misplacements. More eyeballs sometimes catch more errors plus provide different viewpoints.

Scope and Sequence Example

Subject/Grade: Math (3rd Grade)

Format: Quarterly

The pacing guide example below only shows the titles of the math units.

However, depending on your needs, you may need to add Common Core numerical codes, Texas TEKS numerical codes, or whichever state standard codes your district uses underneath each unit’s name.

1st Quarter2nd Quarter3rd Quarter4th Quarter
Unit 1: Introducing/Implementing Calendar Math

Unit 2: Place Value

Unit 3: Computation with Whole Numbers (Addition/Subtraction)
Unit 4: Computation with Whole Numbers (Multiplication)

Unit 5: Money

Unit 6: Graphs/Patterns & Data
Unit 7: Geometry

Unit 8: Fractions

Unit 9: Probability & Measurement
Unit 10: Adding & Subtracting Fractions

Unit 11: Time & Temperature

Unit 12: Perimeter/Area

For best results, at least once during the school year, make time to vertically align (plan curriculum content across grade levels) grade level scope and sequences.

This can be an arduous process, and many schools assign this task to curriculum specialists.

However, including respective classroom teachers in the process is a powerful endeavor because it promotes faculty ownership of the process plus yields increased buy-in.

See this example of an elementary school’s language arts vertical alignment scope and sequence.

Stay On Top of Curriculum With These Blank Scope and Sequence Templates

Using these pacing guide templates, you’ll be able to strategically organize your elementary curriculum standards, guaranteeing that you cover all learning objectives by the end of the school year.

For best results, at the beginning of the school year, dedicate a few days or weeks to filling in your editable, blank scope and sequence templates.

Doing so will allow you to confidently refer to them when planning and meeting with your grade level team during the school year.

Happy planning