I'm all prepped for this week... how about you?! I must say that knowing that I needed to have my visual plans done by Sunday to share with you helped keep me on my toes! Today I have my plans to share and a little peek at how I pull it together :)
First off, I have to be planned up and ready to share with my team by Thursday because that's when my teammate's sweet mama comes to make our copies for us. So, I spend Monday and Tuesday writing my lesson plans up, and I get the originals ready to copy by Wednesday before I leave for the day. We are blessed to have a helper each week, so I make sure I'm ready for her! Otherwise I'd be copying all ELA stuff for 4 classes, and I really don't want to do that, ha!
So, by the end of Thursday, my tubs usually look like this for the next week. I have my copies, books we are going to read, games, etc all organized in my tubs!
Also, I want to answer a few questions I have received since posting my lesson plans last week:
1. My students learn Science and SS in SPANISH! So, my teammate teaches that to both classes. Therefore, I only have to plan and prep for ELA and Math.
2. I don't have a scope and sequence that I can share because... A. my district gives us somewhat of a layout B. I have never sat down to map it out!
3. My district uses an online lesson planning system called Forethought in Eduphoria. So, I don't submit the lesson plans you see below. However, I just copy/paste this info into the online system.
AND, yes... I know our school day is long. Trust me.
Okay, now for the plans! We are comparing fiction and nonfiction books with a focus on frogs. We will start the week reading Frog and Toad books, focusing on fiction. Then, we will finish the week doing a bit of research on frogs! Why did I choose frogs... well, my grade level has several Frog and Toad books that we can share and it fits the friendship theme that we are sticking with at the beginning of the year. I don't teach Science, but I still like getting a touch of it in during ELA! They will do life cycles later on in the year in Science :)
*Remember, you have to go to Google Docs HERE and go to file-download. Then, the links will be clickable through the PDF :) I've included quite a few freebies that I found on TpT for editing sentences as well as some that I made to accompany our Frog study!
In Math we are all about addition! It's time to stop using those fingers and get some strategies down! We will spend two weeks working on different addition strategies.
Now, let's talk about math stations! I absolutely LOVED our first week. I will definitely continue these throughout the rest of the year because I love how we can review concepts that we've already learned, plus work on our focus for the week. So many of these games can continue to be used throughout the school year! Here's how I prepped this week's stations...
I copy all of my math stations on colored paper. This saves me a ton of ink! Then, I laminated and cut out. I actually have quite a few parent volunteers that are going to be my lamination superheroes this year! They are absolutely WONDERFUL!
Then, each station goes into a fancy ziploc bag ;)
And I put the plastic bags in these magazine bins I bought at the Dollar Spot in Target years ago. My students make their own choice about where to visit during the Daily 5, but we do use a rotation for math stations. I would share a picture, but it has my kiddos' names all over it!
And, there you have it! My 5 math stations are prepped! This week none of our stations require paper for the kids to write on, they are more puzzles/games. I'm not really looking to take grades during math stations. My main goal is that my students will have more exposure to our concepts in new and different ways. We will also continue to use 4 iPads for math games. I promise once I get the iPads figured out and really get a grip on which apps I love, I will share!
And that's how I get prepped and ready for the week ahead so that I don't have to spend my weekend worrying about what I'm going to be teaching on Monday! It makes the weekend much more enjoyable :) Want to see how other teachers/bloggers get prepped for the week? Head on over to Deedee's blog and check out her linky!