Lesson plans: Meet the blogging world.
Blogging world: Meet my lesson plans.
Before you shake hands with one another, please excuse my random abbreviations and made up acronyms in my plans. You know how it is – teachers just understand what they mean when they write their plans, since for the most part, we write the plans to ourselves. 🙂 I also did not upload my small group plans this week. (Baby steps!) I type out separate reading group plans each week. I teach math solely in small groups. So, while each group learns the same standard, I differentiate the activity according to their level during the lesson.
If you have any questions about anything in my plans, I am happy to answer them for you!
The template of my day and schedule is horizontal. So, this top picture is on the left side of my binder, and the bottom picture is on the right side. This way, I can see the entire week laid out on my desk in one, quick glance.
My “Math Mini’s” this week come from this great website I found called K-5 Math Teaching Resources. They have awesome activities that are perfect for small group, our math mini notebooks, and lesson plan introductions. My math mini is a 5-10 minute math activity at the end of our small group rounds. I reteach, review a concept, front-load an upcoming concept, work on performance based tasks, or give the kids a critical thinking problem to solve in which they discuss, write, and explain their answer in their math notebooks.
I can’t wait to start my States of Matter unit this week! It is one of my favorite units! On Friday, I told my kids that we would be making purple cows this week. They, as always, asked what that was and I, of course, would not tell them. That is half the fun – making them wonder all week and building up the “purple cow” suspense. I wish you could have seen their puzzled faces. Here’s a picture of our purple cows from last year. I promise I’ll take lots of pictures for you this week! 🙂 It’s such a FUN science unit!