Age Appropriate Teaching

Teaching students at the appropriate level for their developmental abilities comes with time, experience, and/or having a background as a classroom teacher. If you are unsure whether or not you are developing lessons that are age appropriate for your students. Here are some documents that will help you!

Yardsticks by Chip Wood:

Yardsticks offers clear descriptions of children's development. This comprehensive, user-friendly reference helps teachers and administrators use knowledge of child development to shape classrooms and schools where all children can succeed.

If you refer to the standards, you will always have a clear delineation between what students should know and be able to do in the context of different content areas. As a library media specialist, you are integrating information literacy standards and content standards for each lesson.

Information Literacy Standards:

View our Crosswalk for RELA K-12

MSDE Content Area Standards by Grade Level:


Social Studies:

PreK-Grade 2
PreK-Grade 2
Units of Study K-12
Grades 3-5
Grades 3-5
English Language Arts
Grades 6-8
Grades 6-8
Units of Study K-12

PGCPS Curriculum and Instruction Documents

As library media specialists, we always are making certain that regardless of theme or content, we are integrating information literacy standards. Be sure to check, cross check. and integrate standards into your instruction.

Your lesson should be:
  • Developmentally appropriate
  • Connected to content (science, social studies, English Language Arts, etc.)
  • Connected to our Standards for the 21st Century Learner in Action
  • Each grade level has their own content/standards to learn in any content area. Never span your lessons.
  • Begin with the end in mind. How will you assess your students to know that they have learned the standard you were intending to teach?