Saturday, May 28, 2011

My Lesson Plan Format and Last Week of School!

Well, I guess Blogger has decided that we don't need to follow each other for awhile...sad! I hope they fix this soon as I have stalked a few new blogs that I'd LOVE to follow!

Business: 
1. THANK you for heading over to my TpT to follow me. I'm not nearly as lonely. If you haven't gone yet, PLEASE DO! =) 

2. We know I'm all about workshop and balanced literacy. I've had a bunch of emails requesting my lesson plan/schedule so I'll post it below. You should know that it is CONSTANTLY evolving as I grow and learn more things. 

3. SUMMER SEND OFF!  I decided to host a summer send off to get my students really ready to attack the Summer Slump! I've included photos below! 


4. Summer Plans: This is my first summer without working in....ever. I'm SO excited. I plan to get certified in Zumba this Saturday and spend lots of time choreographing, go to LOTS of PD (the one I'm most excited for is Katie Wood Ray!) and create units to get us started in first grade. Be on the look out- it's gonna be a busy but AWESOME SUMMER!!

5. FACEBOOK PAGE DOWNLOAD - I was asked to add kindergarten to the facebook page so here it is! 
(Some real examples- SO cute!)


Here we GO!

Lesson Plan: I like to be able to take my plans with me on a clip board so I can fill them out where ever I can. I created this based off of a template my literacy coach Candace used in her room. It is almost like a check list, really. You won't find a space for standards because I do that separately. The majority of my assessment is done during conferring for reading and writing. Here it is: 
(click to download)
  SUMMER SEND OFF: Check out the photos! 

title 1 money gave us a great opportunity  for parent involvement!
 Just Right Books!


 So, I use TONS of anchor charts and refer to them often while teaching. I thought it would be a good idea to take photos of the charts and let them make a book out of it!


 smile for the camera!




 Whew! This was quite a long post. 

Love,

35 comments:

  1. Thanks for adding the kinderbook! I am excited to add this to my students memory books!!

    Ali

    What happens in kindergarten... lasts a lifetime

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  2. ABSOLUTELY AWESOME!
    DONNA
    WWW.KINDERGLYNN.BLOGSPOT.COM

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  3. What great summer resources for your students & parents. Thanks for sharing your ideas!

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  4. You have inspired me to do the same for my kids. Did you purchase the books and journals or were they left over from your yearly supplies?

    Cheryl
    Primary Graffiti

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  5. I just love your posts....I am about to have a fairy tale giveaway and was curious if you could email me at lmorgart@lcisd.org...pretty please? :)
    Curls and a Smile

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  6. Wow, you are AWESOME! These are great ideas!!

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  7. I'm really curious about your lesson planning, how/where/when do you plan for science and social studies? And how do you keep track of which standards you are hitting and when? It would be really interesting to hear more from you on that. Thanks for sharing everything!

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  8. Love your Lesson Plan Template. Reminds me of mine. :) Do you mind if I take some ideas and use them in my templates over at A Teacher's Plan?

    Ms. M
    Ms.M's Blog
    A Teacher's Plan

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  9. Ms Saoud- It was Title One. I had to submit a proposal to my coach and as long as it involved parents I could purchase things to give away!

    Ms.M- you take WHATEVER you want =)

    Amy- Basically, we were told NOT to teach Science and Social Studies (sad right) so my way around that is my "Thematic Studies" time. My rationale is that most of the activities were literacy based and encouraged vocab especially for my ELL learners. Standards I do by units of study for readers, writers, math, and thematic workshops. I type up a unit overview and include the standards I know I'm going to hit. I hate to say it but I refuse to be type a million standards that look like 1.3.4.5.3.6 every day! hahaha!

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    1. Re: Science and Social Studies - I do believe the entire focus of K/1 should be the traditional 3 R's - Reading, (w)Riting, and (a)Rithmetic - even though my state has science learning standards regarding units on Push/Pull, Rocks, and Space, etc. There are no science standards regarding dental health, our body - imagine that - things that pertain directly to kinders and interest them. I have a hard time believing that kinders will remember any content items from the rocks unit until they revisit "rocks" in 5th grade. So, like you, I teach thematically - combining literacy and 'interesting' kinder-friendly topics. Besides, the biggest thing about science is not content but process - thought, investigation, hypothesis, testing, and recording - not content. Those processes can be used in almost any theme.

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  10. I absolutely LOVE your firstgradebook.com activity. Totally creative and relative to our kids today. =)

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  11. Love the idea of taking pictures of the anchor charts. I don't like all that visual clutter and some of my special needs IDE can't handle it. This would be great to keep in a notebook as well as send home. Thanks.

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  12. Thanks for sharing. I love your ideas. One question though... What program do you use to create your printables? For example, your lesson plan template you just posted.

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  13. Hi Amy Lou!
    Everything I create is done in Microsoft Publisher. I have a problem looming because we just bought a MAC and Publisher isn't compatible. My dinosaur PC is on its happy way out so I will have to learn something else and QUICK! =)

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  14. I love the anchor chart idea!! I too used publisher until I got a MAC. That was the only thing I missed about leaving my PC. :( Now I am totally addicted to my MAC!

    http://lessonplandiva.blogspot.com

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  15. diva!!
    how long did it take you to learn how to create on a MAC? I'm so worried, I tried it out on my space unit and failed. But now I have a summer to learn it! Pray for me. hahahaha

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  16. Yes it took me awhile to get used to it. It is so different from a PC. Maybe a solid month before I really had the hang of it and I am STILL Learning!! I LOVE IT it though and will never go back to a PC! I You will be a master by then end of the summer! :)

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    1. I became a Mac convert about 10 years ago - will never go back to a PC. They aren't user-friendly at all and crash soooo frequently. Sure, they look cheaper to purchase - at first - but hardly any software is included. Once you add up all the programs you want and pay for setup, you're at the cost of a Mac.

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  17. everything on your blog is so inspirational...I am a new teacher and LOVE following you. I have so many ideas from watching your blog :)

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  18. wish you had a facebook form for 4th grade... my older students would LOVE this...
    stacy

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  19. stacy-
    You can find them by going to my Teachers Pay Teachers store. It's my free offering. All I asked was that you follow my blog and TpT store! =)

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  20. I would love to know more about the Strategy table where the students build a book of strategies. I would love to have a copy of your pages. This sounds excellent!
    The entire room of ideas are so cute, I'm sure the kids and parents didn't want to leave!

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  21. Is there any chance I could obtain the "table of strategy" pages. I would like to see what you did here. I think it's great that the parents see this throughout the year. What a great bunch of ideas you had for everyone to join in on the fun on the last day! I would have a hard time leaving your little welcome room! LOVELY JOB!

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  22. Would it be possible to get a 5th Grade Facebook page? It's so adorable!

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  23. thx...if you visit my tpt store, all grade levels are available for free. =)

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  24. Mrs. Tabb, I love your lesson plan format. Is it available somewhere as a template?

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  25. Do you happen to have pictures of your anchor charts? That is a great idea for the kids to make a book of the, you're brillant. :)

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  26. Do you have a second grade facebook page? I would love one for my end of year. Such a fantastic idea!

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    1. I'm interested in that one too if you have it! Thank you!

      Annette
      http://simplysoutherninsecond.blogspot.com/

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  27. HI....Where can I find the firstgradebook.com page? Is it in TPT or a freebie....I love it

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  28. My father spent over 40 years teaching.....the final 15 as a kindergarten teacher. This age was his most favorite by far.

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  29. What a GrEaT idea!?!? Thank you so much for sharing!

    Annette Denny
    http://simplysoutherninsecond.blogspot.com/

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  30. I am new to this . . . how do I get your FirstGradeBook.com template? I love it and would love to use it this coming week!

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  31. where can i get your firstgradebook template?! i love it!!!! awesome idea <3

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  32. LaNesha, Thank you for your terrific Lesson Plan form. It's encouraging to see: thru my yrs writing LPs, this style isn't 'prescribed format' prefacing later use of MLA, Chicago, etc which many org's and educators require. But, this 'checklist' style has proven a better format at this stage. It best allows notations for illuminating tchr, parent, student in an almost 'open source' way. Notes are easier to follow, per student, in new topics or paradigms when they (at any age) max-out, hit-their-wall, reach saturation or absortion threshholds, exhibit traits or learning styles before unknown or only considered. Thanks again for standing with this checklist format. Whatever the topic, everyone is 'elementary level' at some point.

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