I think I am finished with all the lesson plan templates that I will need for the year! WooHoo!!!
This year I am really wanting to start out slow and not jump headfirst into the curriculum. What I mean by this is that I want to do a thorough introduction of many things before going back in depth on these same things. I want to take the 1st 6 weeks to teach/introduce:
Rules/Routines/Procedures/Organization Tips/Technology Tools/Reading Strategies/Reading Skills/Administer Assessments to guide my instruction!!!!!/Do teambuilding activities/Launch Writer’s Workshop/Review/Introduce English Stuff(Parts of Speech, Sentence Types, Phrases, Punctuation)/Set up our Word Study Program/Cover Homework Guidelines and Expectations
THEN the 2nd 6 weeks will be our time to start revisiting ALL that we have talked about and done. We will go more in depth with most of the above and continue this way for the remainder of the year.
Here is a screenshot of my 1st 6 weeks lesson plan template.
Here is the word document: 1st6WeeksLessonPlanTemplate
Here is the pdf document: 1st6WeeksLessonPlanTemplate
I think I have got what I want-“I think”.
Last year we were asked to begin small group instruction in 4th-6th grade(it is already in place in K-3). They talked to us about it around October. I really did try to implement it, but I was also trying to follow our reading program and there just wasn’t enough time to get everything in after whole group instruction. Is there ever enough time????
I think I taught small groups about 6-7 times if I remember correctly-the kids seemed to enjoy it, and I really felt like I knew more about my students in just those few times then I ever did during whole group. So I am pledging to spend lots more time teaching small groups and working with individual students this upcoming year. I hope that I can follow through on this-there just seems to be so much to teach (and I’m departmentalized-only teaching reading, english, spelling, and writing). Self-contained classrooms have it a whole lot tougher! 🙂
I really want to get to know my students (all 48 of them); their strengths, their weaknesses, their likes, their dislikes…..
Small group instruction will be the biggest challenge-especially if I teach them what “they” need help with (and not just what my teacher guide tells me to teach).
Here is a screenshot of my small group lesson plan template that I just made.
Here is the word document: SmallGroupLessonPlanTemplate
Here is the pdf document: SmallGroupLessonPlanTemplate
The only other lesson plan template that I need to create is one for the 1st 6 weeks of school. This one will be entirely different from the others since I really want to introduce A LOT of things to my 6th graders (note that I said “introduce”-not teach to mastery) before we buckle down and dig in!
An hour. That’s what it took. To create a whole group lesson plan template. On the computer.
Mind you, I did not say that I just did my lesson plans. That’s a whole other ballgame! LOL
So back to what I did do-I created a whole group lesson plan template that also sort of acts as a schedule-this lesson plan template will not let me forget to teach anything. Hopefully. 🙂
Here’s what it looks like.
Here it is as a word document. Whole Group Instruction Lesson Plan Template2
Here it is as a pdf document. Whole Group Instruction Lesson Plan Template2
Now I’m off to create a small group lesson plan template (unless I fall asleep)!