How do I PLAN?

Follow the Sequence of Backward Design

1. Standards & Success Criteria 

Key Question(s)-

What do my standards say my students need to be able to know, understand, and do for the upcoming unit?

What should the pacing be for these standards?

What Resources Help With This?

Your GPS gives your pacing, standards, and success criteria: 

  1. Daily Math Block Structure: Shows your daily structure/weekly structure
  2. Overview of Monthly Focus: Let’s you see what the whole year is going to look like as far as sequencing.                                                           
  3. Standards & Success Criteria: Shows you what standards are coming up and the level of rigor needed to master them.                                                                                  
  4. Month’s Overview/Sequence: Shows you examples, focus, teacher notes with visuals, and resources                                                                                         

Your Success Criteria (for the year, in your GPS, and the Kid-Friendly version):

Your success criteria helps you to really understand what the standards mean!

Use your success criteria for the month to help you plan for learning experiences that provide you opportunities to see what the students  know, understand, and are able to do.

Chunk some of them together, when appropriate, to give you your daily focus, or learning intention.

2. Using the Assessments to help Plan

Key Questions-

  • What does mastery of these standards/success criteria look like so I can make sure my students are seeing the rigor needed?
  • What vocabulary is used in reference to these standards/success criteria?
  • What types of experiences do I need to provide in class so my students will be familiar with the type of problems they will see on the assessment?

What Resources Help With This?

Below are assessment resources that are available to consider when planning. Remember: These items do not have to be just for “tests”. 

Planning tip: Alter the assessment questions and use them as your number of the day or problem of the day so students are experiencing the proper rigor necessary. 

On Blackboard- Monthly Assessments and answer keys:

Use these tests to see what the students will be asked to do to show mastery. Questions were compiled from several different county and state resources to make sure students were exposed to proper rigor to meet the standards.

Alter the questions and use them during your class so the students can experience them before they take the assessment.


High Stakes Testing Book:    


     From Sue:


The high stakes test booklets can really be used in many ways.  Just because it says test, doesn’t mean that you have to use each part of it as a test.  Each individual standard is addressed with approximately 6 problems.  After you have covered a standard and you want to see how well they understand, they can be given to the students.  You can even use them as ideas for your problem of the day or exit tickets for the day.  I I like the performance assessment tasks.  They are great examples of problems of the day that are a little more open so you can really see the students’ level of understanding.  Ignore the word test and I think you will feel better about the flexibility of how you can utilize them.


Test Item Specifications: (gr. 3-5) 

These Test Item Specifications give great examples of what a problem may look like on the FSA and are found in your GPS after each unit’s standards and success criteria.


i-Ready Standards Mastery Questions: (gr 2 -5)

These questions are fabulous to see the rigor needed for each standard. Standards Mastery is available for grades  2 -5. The focus is on each individual math standard.


Go-Math Chapter Assessments:                                               

Look at the test questions to help you plan for experiences that facilitate mastery of the standards.


i-Ready Teacher Toolbox Assessments:

Look at the test questions to help you plan for experiences that facilitate mastery of the standards.

CPALMS Florida Assessments for Instruction in Mathematics

You will need a sign in to access the CPALMS assessments (click the link), but they have great questions that will help you see the rigor.

3. Planning Experiences

Key Questions-

  • What experiences am I going to provide so that my students are all challenged appropriately relating to the unit’s standards and success criteria?
  • What manipulatives should I have readily available for students to use during their daily experiences?
  • What vocabulary words and/or strategies need to come out as a result of these experiences?

What Resources Help With This?

Number Talks: 

Introduced in the GPS for grades k-3, however, an awesome resource for all grades. Number talks are arguably the most important part of your math block. Mental math structures assist the students with creating connections to prior knowledge and other students’ strategies relating to building flexibility with numbers.  If you don’t have the document for the 180 days of number talk powerpoints, you can find it here and click on your grade. You do not change the number talk to go with your skill for the month. 

Our Website also has a section called number talks that has amazing resources!!! Check it out! 

Flipcharts found on this site under your grade level:

These flipcharts contain sample questions. They do not always go in order.  PLEASE DO NOT GO PAGE BY PAGE (slide one is not day one, etc.).

As you consider using the flipchart:

1. Think about the learning intention and success criteria you plan to use for this slide and the questions you will use to elicit understanding.

2. Write/Post/Say the learning intention and success criteria so the students understand the expectation, self-monitor, and self-assess their personal level of understanding. 

3. Then, select appropriate experiences to meet your students’ needs. Depending on your learning intention and success criteria, you may need to do another similar problem, or more similar problems,  to build their understanding.  Having more than one problem helps you to meet all students’ needs and be able to easily differentiate  (remediating/extending).

GPS Resources Listed Under Each Month’s Overview/Sequence: 

Each month will have a list of Teacher Toolbox lessons and Go-Math chapters/lessons that correlate with the unit. There are also hyperlinks that have other great experiences for the students, along with some hyperlinked three act tasks in multiple grade levels.

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