January Visual Lesson Plans

I’m not really a “resolution” person; however, going into this new year, I do have one major goal… be a better planner. I have never been wonderful at lesson planning. Thankfully, my mind has always been able to hold a TON of information at once (teacher’s brains can do that), and I’ve always “planned” a lot of things in my head. Now that I have a kiddo at home and I’m not quite as young as I once was, I appreciate the idea of lesson planning. I will also be going on maternity leave in a few months with baby #2, and I really needed a way to keep our routine going that was easy for a sub to follow.

Anyways.. here is my solution. Visual lesson plans! Now, these are the plans that run with our story time part of the day. Our mornings consist of various reading and math small groups, one on one direct instruction sessions, and independent work rotations, so those things run on a student by student basis and their plans. Our afternoons; however, are focused on a story, comprehension, a craft/activity related to the story, and writing. I usually try to fit in science and snacks with each week/theme as I can.

Below are the picture books I will focus on for the month. Our themes for January are New Years, Snow/Snowmen, Martin Luther King Jr., Polar Bears, and Penguins. I use my story time packs with each read aloud to work on comprehension and story elements.


Clickable Book List (Affiliate Links):

Squirrel’s New Year’s Resolution

The Snowy Day

There Was A Cold Lady Who Swallowed Snow

Sneezy the Snowman

Snowmen at Night

Bear Snores On

Little Polar Bear

Polar Bear Polar Bear What Do You Hear?

Snow Bear

Where is Home Little Pip?

Tacky the Penguin


Best part — I’ve done all the Pinterest searching for you! Everything in the visual calendar has a clickable link that will take you to either the TPT product I will use or the blog link with the activity directions.

There is a shopping list included for the entire month as a convenience to help you stay on top of the game if you plan to roll with the calendar as is! Most of the materials you should already have in your classrooms, and the rest you might be able to borrow from a teaching buddy, grab from your pantry, or send home for parent donations.


Here are all the other seasonal packs I will be using during this month.


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Happy planning!


  1. LAUREN A MCLAIN on January 8, 2018 at 7:43 pm

    Your are Amazing at planning even down to the detailed links for each day on calendar!!! Thank you SO much for putting this together- it is incredible!!!!

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