Lesson planning: How do I span all the grades throughout the year?

Another question educators often ask me at seminars is, “How can I make sure I’m not duplicating Makerspace activities done in earlier grades or other classes?”

On the one hand, repeating activities is an excellent way for students to learn and experience success. On the other hand, vertical (and horizontal) curriculum planning is a great way to maximize learning experiences for students. It takes a long time to do, though!

I admire work done by Colleen Graves in this area. She is a middle school librarian, and has developed a simple chart with low and high tech Makerspace activities (see bottom of the page). These activities are available each month of the school year for students. She also lists curriculum tie-ins, so other teachers know when would be a natural time to get in on the action.