Imagine It! (or Open Court or SRA or whatever your version of the program) is laid out to be a large block of time devoted to the instruction of Language Arts. Enter the real world however, and you realize that may not be possible. Our language arts block is a little bit wonky... We have an hour, then we have forty-five minutes of Guided Reading time, where Literacy teachers, paras, and Special Education co-teachers (depending on the room) come to help with small groups. Writing often gets lumped into Science/Social Studies time at the end of the day.
When planning my instruction, I plan best when looking at one subject at a time. So even though I use Planbook, that is sort of a "final step"... I have a Word Doc for each of my Imagine It! unit (and Go Math chapters and the science and social studies units my team has created). From these, I cut and paste into Planbook into the time slots I will be teaching each portion. This means that Imagine It! Unit 5 Lesson 14 plans will be cut and pasted among different "classes" in Planbook... in my case "Language Arts", "Guided Reading" (in both the Independent Work and Sm. Group section for my para... these are set up as a template within the class and I can explain more about that later if anyone's interested), and "Science/Social Studies" (when I am linking the writing portion to our content).
Why bother with Planbook? Well, it is a very convenient way to sort of merge it all together. Plus, with all the craziness that happens in a school day (like an unexpected fire drill, a snow day, the whole class going to the computer lab for testing you forgot to put into your plans, something took way longer than you expected, or any other reason you may need to rearrange your plans...), it is nice to be able to "bump" or "extend" your plans for a "class" (which in my case is just a time period of the day) and have everything else just "shift" along with it.
So, since I've done all this typing up of the first grade Imagine It! lessons, I thought I'd share them! Below are links to my Units on Google Slides so that you can cut, paste, and edit to suit your needs. I hope that these save you some time, and if you are a new teacher, I hope they give you a starting point to jump off from seeing how I use the program.
Imagine It! Unit 5: What's the Weather?
First Grade in Room 126
After teaching fourth grade for eight years with a year in fifth tossed in there, too, I have moved downstairs to first grade and absolutely LOVE it!