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.
- Be able to download free copies of each blank scope and sequence template/pacing guide via Google Slides.
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)
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.
Further on in this post, see the button to grab a copy of each of these blank scope and sequence templates via Google Slides.
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)
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 Quarter||2nd Quarter||3rd Quarter||4th 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.
Are These Blank Scope and Sequence Templates Just for Elementary Teachers?
Though these blank scope and sequence templates flow most easily with elementary curriculum needs, depending on one’s teaching style, middle and/or high school teachers may find value in the blank pacing guide templates.
How to Download Your Blank Scope and Sequence Templates
To access these templates via Google Slides, follow these steps…
- Log into your Google account.
- Click this link to access the Google Slides link.
- You’ll be asked to “Make a Copy” of the document which will automatically download into your primary Google Docs folder.
- Now you can customize parts of the templates, fill in all of your curriculum information, and print them in PDF format.
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.
Reach out in the comments if you have questions or comments about the templates.