Curriculum Mapping

In 2011, the teachers of St. Peter School started a curriculum mapping initiative. Through mapping, teachers record the true operational curriculum, what really takes place in the classroom day to day.  Curriculum Mapping benefits all of St. Peter School’s students, teachers, and parents.  Below are just a few of the positive ways it impacts the school community.

Horizontal Alignment – teachers at each grade level collaborate to ensure they are teaching the same content and skills.

Vertical Alignment – teachers preschool through 8th grade collaborate to have a fluid curriculum from one grade to another. Teachers review and revise all maps looking for gaps and redundancies.

Cross Disciplinary – academic, physical education, music, and technology teachers at each grade collaborate on shared content and skills.

Meeting Standards – teachers compare what they are teaching to the Illinois State Standards incorporating the National Common Core, Next Generation Science Standards, National Curriculum Standards for Social Studies, Diocese of Springfield Standards, and Quincy Catholic Elementary School Outcomes to make sure what they are teaching is age appropriate and aligned with national, state, and local expectations.

St. Peter School Curriculum Maps contain essential questions, content, skills, assessment, resources, and technology.

Essential Questions

  • Overarching questions that provide focus for the unit and are aligned to the big ideas, concepts, or themes.
  • Guide instruction.
  • Focus on “why is this important”.
  • Encourage higher level thinking.
  • Help students make connections beyond content being studied.
  • Ex: How do natural hazards impact humans?


  • Subject matter key concepts, targeted facts, and core content.
  • Content needed to teach so students can respond to essential question.
  • Ex: Natural Hazards


  • What students need to know or be able to do in order to demonstrate mastery or understanding of the content.
  • Ex: Discuss the causes and effects of natural hazards


  • Major products and performances that are demonstrations of learning and are observable evidence of competence.
  • Focus on learning of essential questions.
  • Ex: Whole group discussion and Natural Hazard Flipbook


  • All major materials used.
  • Textbooks, resource books, field trips, tools, equipment, etc.
  • Ex: Delta Science Kit (2011)


  • Technology equipment and resources incorporated into unit.
  • Ex: iPads, Computer, Elmo, SMART Board, YouTube


Curriculum Maps by Grade
The maps are available to download in PDF format. They may be viewed with Preview (on a Mac), or with Adobe Reader (any platform).