Play Planning

Play Planning

Steps to Play Planning:

1.Read/ review yesterday’s plans

2.Children choose a new center and role

3.Children verbalize plans and take a matching marker

4.Children represent (draw/scribble) their plans

5.Children explain their plans to teacher (plans recorded with varying degrees of teacher assistance)

6.Children write their names on their play plans as a last step

7.Children take their plans to their centers

8.Plans are collected and stored after play

Play Planning Mediator

  • The steps to Play Planning can also be represented by icons placed on a linear strip of paper, which can then be placed on the Play Planning table.
  • Attached to the folder should be an alphabet chart for children to refer to while writing their message and name

Steps to Using a Play Planning Mediator


  -Through actions and use of private speech to explain what you   are doing while using the actual play planning action cards.


  -Children to practice with you using the actions and private   speech modeled-use the action cards to help them remember


  -Action cards in sequence on the linear strip and return it to the   center   of the play planning table

Dynamic Assessment of Play Plans

  • What is the child’s ZPD- next to emerge as the child’s new independent level?
  • What should I target in my scaffolding interaction?

                  -Use the Early Literacy Rubric for future planning

                  -Use dynamic assessment during current interaction

developmental writing stages

play plan examples

play planning mediator

Zaner-Bloser alphabet chart

Blank Play Plan



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