Friday, April 26, 2013

Free Lesson Plan Templates

What teacher doesn't love a perfect lesson plan layout? Maybe your school/district has one already.  If they don't here are some free resources to help you find a lesson plan template that is perfect for you! I also included 2 Google doc links to my custom version of UTSA's lesson plan.

  1. If you are a UTSA student teacher, or active in your approaches: here is the list of recommended lesson plan templates. 
  2. Follow this Lesson Plan Pinterest board to keep up with other lesson plans!  
  3. has a variety of lesson plans, including unit plans, monthly plans, links to lesson plan generators, & lesson plan software
  4. As I mentioned above, the Google documents are my version of UTSA's lesson plan templates (#2 & #3).  I found it easier to type the lessons into Excel than in word.  Either way now you have some options! 
    1. Lesson Plan 2 Edit (switch between the tabs at the bottom to access the cover page & lesson template) 
    2. Lesson Plan 3 Edit

Monday, April 22, 2013

Earth Day Lessons and Activities

If you are looking for ideas on Earth Day-Check out these links!

Make your own Earth Day bingo cards:

Create your own printable Earth Day dominoes:

Make your own Earth Day concentration cards:

Lastly, a Pinterest board with lots of ideas:

Wednesday, April 10, 2013

Lesson Freebie: Personal Narrative vs. Expository

While I was at my first placement for student teaching, I had the opportunity to work with some wonderful 4th graders.  For my final observation at this placement, I was able to create a fun and informative lesson on distinguishing a personal narrative vs. expository prompt and how to write each of these. :)

You can find the explicit lesson here on my livebinder:

Feel free to download the worksheets and email me if you would like copies of the prompts I used.

I hope this helps your little ones distinguish between personal narrative and expository! :) Have a wonderful Wednesday :)
photo of t-chart listing elements of personal narrative and expository prompts
The T-Chart created to compare/contrast personal narrative & expository compositions.