Updated Workplans – and 4th Grade Too!

Workplans are a great tool for elementary-age children – read on to learn more!

How to use the workplans:

Each child gets their own workplan; one per month (or one for two months, over November and December). They check off work after they’ve completed it. Your presentations should follow the workplans fairly closely, although you can certainly make changes as you go and write in things on the workplan that aren’t listed.

In my elementary classrooms, the children used clipboards for writing their work and put the workplan on the clipboard under their writing paper (we used wide-lined notebook paper). Then they could easily check their workplan and use it to get ideas for work as well as see what they had already done.

Because of the holidays, I find that one workplan is enough for November and December together. People sometimes ask me why the workplans end in March. That is because at that point, all the necessary presentations for that grade have been done. However, the child obviously continues working, so the blank workplan can be used to track their work. There may also be additional presentations (or follow-up presentations) that you do during this time which can also be tracked on the blank workplan.

Helpful info about the workplans:

The monthly workplans are intended to be a flexible tool for teachers and parents. They are in Microsoft Word so that you can edit and change them as needed. They will look different at each school or in each home.

You may want to:

  • Add materials that you have that I have not included
  • Remove materials listed that you do not have
  • Tailor them to an individual student
  • Go through them more quickly (one workplan every 1-2 weeks for an advanced student)
  • Go through them more slowly (one workplan every 2-3 months for a student who needs more time)

The workplans, while very comprehensive, do not include other activities that you will want to do in your classroom. These kinds of activities differ greatly from school to school and country to country so I did not include them. You will want to keep a record of them another way (or you can add them to the workplans yourself).

Additional activities may include:

  • Spelling Tests
  • Handwriting
  • Foreign Language Study
  • Reading (Phonics Readers, Basal Readers, Junior Great Books)
  • Art Projects
  • Field Trips

In addition to these workplans, I recommend printing out a Comprehensive List for each child you work with. These lists are for the 3-year cycle, and are invaluable in terms of planning presentations and keeping track of work, materials, and concepts.

Blank Workplans

I also offer a blank workplan, which some people prefer to use all year (or the last few months of the year).

While presentations of new materials can continue until the end of the year, it’s nice to give children to freedom to choose their own work from the new materials as well as everything they’ve been shown up until that point.

Some of you may prefer to use a blank workplan right from the beginning. That works well for the 9-12 age group.

You can find the workplans on the Elementary Workplans and Teacher Tools page of our Free Downloads pages.

Please note: Sometimes people ask me about workplans for age 3-6. I purposely do not provide workplans for that age and never will. Children in the 3-6 age group should be able to freely choose materials from every area of the classroom, and work at their own pace. You can track their work on our Comprehensive List for 3-6, but the child should not be using a workplan.

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18 Responses to “Updated Workplans – and 4th Grade Too!”

  • Deb Chitwood @ Living Montessori Now said at August 22nd, 2010 at 1:03 am :

    It’s great that you’ve revised and added to your workplans. I’ve had Montessori homeschoolers ask about elementary materials, and I appreciate that you’re making more available! I love the Montessori ideas and materials you offer through your site and I gave you the Wild about Your Blog Award at http://LivingMontessoriNow.com/2010/08/20/awards-to-happily-pass-on/

  • Lori Bourne said at August 22nd, 2010 at 7:39 am :

    Hi, Deb! Thank you so much for your kind words and for the award. If parents and teachers find the things I offer to be helpful, then I have succeeded! You have a great and helpful site too!

  • Steph said at January 23rd, 2011 at 6:58 pm :

    Thanks, these are wonderful. Our work plans we currently are using seem to be to broad and the first and second graders have a hard time filling them in sometimes. This is a great solution! What a blessing.

  • Lori Bourne said at January 23rd, 2011 at 7:24 pm :

    Thanks, Steph! Glad to help!

  • Michelle Irinyi said at January 24th, 2011 at 6:15 pm :

    Thank you for adding the new UE workplans! These will be a big help for all UE teachers and homeschoolers.

  • Lori Bourne said at January 24th, 2011 at 6:26 pm :

    You’re welcome! If you have any sample ones for 5-6th grade, feel free to pass them along to me – I would share them at my site. People ask for them all the time.

  • Jeanette M said at March 3rd, 2011 at 4:06 pm :

    Thanks so much, Lori! I am trained in Montessori for preschool, but learning all I can for elementary. I am trying to include more and more in my homeschool. This will really help me.

  • Lori Bourne said at March 3rd, 2011 at 4:31 pm :

    Hi, Jeanette! So glad to be of help to you. Thanks for your kind comment!

  • Ms G said at April 19th, 2011 at 4:58 pm :

    Thank you so much for these wonderful resources! I am planning on using these next year, but I thought I had seen Pre-K or K workplans also??? Could you direct me to those if they are still available? Thank you so much. I love your site!

  • Lori Bourne said at April 20th, 2011 at 6:53 am :

    Hi, Ms G! We’ve never had Pre-K or K workplans, and never will. That age group should be about following the child, not a workplan. Thanks!

  • Tara said at January 3rd, 2012 at 9:25 am :

    I have a math album I am following but I am not sure how many times the lesson is to be repeated. These plans kind of give me a scope and sequence of the progression of the math materials. THANK YOU for offering them.

  • Lori Bourne said at January 3rd, 2012 at 9:42 am :

    Hi, Tara!

    Lessons (the presentation on how to use a work) should only be given once, as a general rule, unless the child didn’t understand the lesson the first time.

    The child should use the material as often as needed until they have mastered it. That differs for each child – some may use a material twice, others 10 times.

  • Maria said at July 2nd, 2013 at 3:12 pm :

    Hi, i am completely new to Montessori. I homeschool my almost 7 year old and 9 month old baby, and am just starting to learn about montessori as I would love to incorporate this at home. Anyway, I was looking at the plans, and I’m just a little confused, for example when you say “Animal Sounds Set 1” is this something i can find on you site, or standard montessori materials?, are most of the materials and “work activities”listed standard montessori materials that i can purchase?… I don’t know if that make sense?

    Thank you!

  • Lori Bourne said at July 3rd, 2013 at 6:01 am :

    Hi, Maria! Yes, many of the items on the workplans can be purchased at our site (just use the search box at top right to search by name, or the category box on the right – the blog, it’s underneath the blog category box – to search by category).

    Anything we don’t sell, just Google the name of it and you’ll find many Montessori vendors that do. We only sell printable card material, no hands-on materials like math beads. However the workplans include everything a child should be working on, not just our materials.


  • karrie said at August 26th, 2013 at 12:18 am :

    Can you please do a work plan for grades 5 and 6?

  • Lori Bourne said at August 27th, 2013 at 10:59 am :

    Hi, Karrie! I don’t have any plans to add workplans for those grades at this time.

  • kavita said at October 22nd, 2013 at 6:11 pm :

    Recently I got certificate for Montessori teachers training; please help me with Montessori activities.

  • Lori Bourne said at October 23rd, 2013 at 5:56 am :

    Hi, Kavita! Congratulations! In your training, they should have introduced you to many Montessori activities. Also, the internet is full of hundreds of blogs – including mine, if you look around it – full of Montessori activities. Best of luck!