## Sunday, January 12, 2014

### Visual Lesson Plans & Winter Printables

I'll never understand why short weeks are so long, but they are!  Despite the chaos, we did get quite a bit accomplished.  We finished up last week learning about fractions in a set and soil.  I used Skittles to teach fractions in a set, and my students loved it!  I thought it would be a difficult concept, but they caught on to it quickly. They also thoroughly enjoyed the soils experiment, where they compared clay, sand, and top soil.  Hopefully, we'll be able to finish our earth science unit this week.

Last Sunday, I was so proud of myself for having my visual lesson plans ready for the week, and then I missed 2 1/2 days, and my lesson plans went out the window.  You'll probably notice some repeats, but I think I'll be able to get back on track this week.  I'll continue the same units in language arts, reading, writing, and math. This week we'll be learning about types of sentences (simple, compound, complex), nonfiction text features and characteristics, and will begin learning how to write a persuasive letter.
We did squeeze in quite a bit of math last week, so all but one of these lessons are new.  This week, we'll transition from learning about area models of fractions and fractions in a set to learning about fractions on a number line.  On Tuesday, I'm using Amy Lemons My Book of Fractions, which will make a great transition lesson for my students.  I'm keeping all of my math work station activities the same, since we only did stations one day last week.  I'm also excited to try out a new weathering and erosion experiment that I bought from Rick Berry.  It looks like it will be a lot of fun!  I've added a new section of "extras" to my lesson plans that highlights some of the extra things that we'll do during the week that doesn't fall neatly into any particular category.  It's those things that I squeeze in during little chunks of time.  I'll blog more about the test prep a little later this week, but I LOVE, LOVE, LOVE it!
You know, no matter how much I plan, I still have surprises during the day.  Just last week, I did a science experiment that I anticipated taking at least an hour to complete that lasted about 15 minutes.  This means I was left with an extra 45 minutes to fill.  Don't get me wrong, I love having extra time, but when it's a surprise I can't do anything that require any prep work.  I've got to be able to grab it and go! Fortunately, I had just finished my new Just Click Print Math and Language Printables, so I had some great things ready to use!
I love this packet, because it makes my life easier. Sometimes I just don't have time to plan big lessons, and I never want to waste instructional time.  There are 10 math pages and 10 language arts pages in the product.  Now, this isn't my norm, so you're not going to see a big comprehensive unit, hands-on lessons, or tons of questions.  Instead, this is more of a basic skills review in a fun format.  If you're interested, be sure to look at the preview, so you can see a picture of everything that is included.  Below, are a couple of the pages I plan to use this week.  If you click on either of the pictures, you can download them for FREE!

Have a great week!

Courtney said...

I love the sweet parts of speech. I used this with a 3rd grader I tutor. She loved it! I asked her at the end of your session, what was her favorite activity-"Sweet Parts of Speech!"
Courtney
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Courtney said...

Thanks so much for the freebie! This will be great review for my kiddos! Have a great week.
Courtney
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