Sunday, January 5, 2014

Visual Lesson Plans and Opinion Writing

Is it bad that I just had a two week break, and I'm already crossing my fingers for a snow day? Don't get me wrong, I love my class, but I'm worn out from my break!  We were away from home 90% of the time, so I don't feel that I've had the chance to just relax.  From the looks of things, it may be a real possibility!  I don't know if this girl can handle single digit temperatures.

Just in case we do have a regular week, I've got my lesson plans ready, and I'm almost finished laminating and cutting out my new task cards.  I even had time to make visual lesson plans for the week!
 We're starting four brand new units this week, so it's going to be a big week for us!  In language arts, I'm starting my conventions unit, which is all about sentences and punctuation.  While it sounds easy, I'll be introducing a lot of new skills in this unit.  This week, we'll focus on sentence fragments and complex sentences.

Then in reading, we'll begin working through my Nonfiction Reading Unit, which is jam packed full of Common Core informational reading lessons.  This week, we'll talk about elements of nonfiction text, compare fiction and nonfiction, and begin looking at nonfiction text features.  Just so you know, this isn't our fist encounter with nonfiction reading.  I try to incorporate it as much as possible in multiple subject areas.

In math we're starting fractions.  Last year I felt like my fractions unit was my weakest area, so I worked like crazy to create an all-inclusive and easy to follow unit that thoroughly taught the Common Core Standards.  I am sure that it is going to make my life so much easier to have it all in one place, rather than scrambling around trying to fill in wholes and find new ways to teach difficult skills.  I have to say that out of all my math units, this is probably my favorite!

I was able to get my opinion writing unit finished with one whole day to spare!  Long story short, I got my days confused, and I was one day ahead of myself.  I thought that it was Saturday, when it was really Friday.  I was frantic about not having the unit ready, and I worked and worked all day to have it ready.  It wasn't until after I finished that my husband told me that I had plenty of time!  Regardless of when it was ready, I'm happy to have it completed and ready to go!

This is another six week unit that begins with an overview of all of the lessons.  I know I like to see everything at a single glance.  You can see that it starts off slowly with advertisements and book reviews, but it does move to writing letters, and persuasive essays.
Each day there is a detailed lesson written in a writers workshop format.  There is the standard, mini lesson, independent writing, and sharing time.  I've also listed any needed materials, which almost always include a mentor text.
I've also created a guided practice form and/or graphic organizer that can be used with the lesson. These printables are completely optional.  You can use them with the whole group, guided writing groups, or skip them altogether.

I also continued to include the grammar tie-ins with mentor texts.  You'll also find a list of suggested mentor texts, revision checklists, editing checklists, and a rubric for assessing.  If you check out the preview you'll get a few FREE days of lessons!  Click here or on any of the pictures for a link.


Jayare Maynard said...

Love the visual lesson plans!!!! Those would be great, especially for a sub. I was wondering how you created the plans? Did you use a certain program?

Sorry I am posting under my husband's google account.

Olivia Olive said...

Your plans are amazing and so helpful! I can't wait to try them.

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