I am writing a small group lesson plan on nutrition/the food pyramid for preschoolers (ages 4-5). Here are my ideas:
1. Draw a food pyramid on a large poster board. Help the children sort plastic food onto the pyramid.
2. Bring in grocery store flyers and have them cut pictures of food out. Sort the food into healthy food and junk food.
Which do you think would be most meaningful? Any other ideas?
Understanding the Use of Derogatory Language
In light of ejfg’s Bullying Survey (check it out here!), I thought I’d share a lesson plan that I came up with a while ago which has the students reflect on bullying tendencies and using words like “gay” and “retarded” inappropriately.
- to raise awareness of the inappropriate use of derogatory terms
- index cards and writing utensils
- Each student is given two index cards. They are asked to write a word describing themselves on each card. They are given examples: “dancer,” “brunette,” “musical.”
- The teacher collects the cards and shuffles them, placing them in a pile.
- Students are separated into partners and are each given a slip of paper with one of the following scenes on them:
- A: (trips on the rug)
B: Hahaha, you’re such a _______. I can’t believe I’m hanging out with someone so ________.
- A: Did you hear about what Sarah did at that party? She’s such a ______.
B: Only a ______ would do something like that.
- The students go up in their pairs and take index cards (the number given on their script).
- The students read the scripts, inserting the words on the index cards into the blanks.
Harry Potter in the classroom
My grade four classroom has voted to have me read the first Harry Potter book to them.
But my co-op teacher (their classroom teacher) says that they haven’t really gotten into a chapter book this year.
I have 29 days of school to get these kids hyped enough to pay attention while I read.
Teacher. Fans. Lovelies. I need some ideas! I’m introducing the book on Tuesday. This can’t flop!
Went to bed late, tossed and turned all night because I STILL cannot breathe thru my nose, kids woke up before the sun, two hours later…
We’re dressed, boys fed, bread baking, and I am finally trying to have some coffee.
My head hurts!
Kind of excited for next week, besides Halloween, I decided to start working on some “school” type lessons with Xander each day when Remi takes a nap. He hasn’t seemed interested in learning the alphabet, so we’re going to start there. One letter a day, with all sorts of fun projects centered around that letter each day. Gonna do a bunch of research for ideas this weekend and on Monday we start with the letter A.
If anyone has some ideas or such on these lesson plans please let me know! Xanderis beyond excited to start “school” and I want to make sure it’s good.
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One of the things I’m struggling the most with as a pre-service teacher is sticking to a uniform lesson plan format. My lesson plans tend to be just written up in Pages and printed out, and I’m a little envious of my classmates’ ability to stick to a lesson plan format. But I find that different lessons call for emphasis on different parts of the lessons, and therefore a template that works for one lesson is hell to fill in for another. I’ve yet to find ‘my’ template, and I’m starting to worry that this may mean I’m leaving something important out of my lessons.
Does anyone have a preferred format? Care to share?
November 13-19, 2011: Geography Awareness Week - Lesson Plan
Geography Awareness Week is just around the corner on November 13th-19th. The theme is “The Adventure in Your Community,” learning about geography right here in the USA and we’ve got plenty of great lesson planning resources for you and your class!
Here’s our suggested lesson plan:
Start by teaching “50 States, 50 Capitals.” This is an information-packed song package that includes four versions of the song plus six challenging games, puzzles, and worksheets. This song presents all 50 states and capitals in alphabetical order:
50 States, 50 Capitals by educationalrap
A great way to complement “50 States, 50 Capitals is to pair it with another RRR Social Studies song “Geography in the USA.”
Use this song to help teach some important geography of the United States. From New England to California, our song, lyrics, games, and worksheets (all included) help students learn about the Pacific Ocean, Atlantic Ocean, and the Great Lakes. They will discover the longest rivers and the lowest and highest points in the USA. Another info-packed song package with four versions of the song and five fun puzzles, quizzes, and worksheets. Grab your favorite US map and you’re good to go!
Play Videos in the Classroom!
Don’t forget that we also have a great video to complement our “50 States 50 Capitals” song:
More great lesson-planning resources:
- Download the Free Activity Booklet from National Geographic Education
The website has online missions where students can choose and complete missions for points, earn rewards, and see our national geography with new eyes!
- Download the Free 2011 Geography Week Poster for your classroom
- PBS KIDS: City, Country, Community - Lesson Plans
- Ilike2learn - Free match states and capitals game online
- Factmonster - An interactive US Map with facts, landmarks, and more!