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. Lessonplans4teachers.com 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

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: http://www.livebinders.com/play/play?present=true&tab_layout=top&id=812716

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.

Monday, April 8, 2013

3 weeks and 3 days left

I can't believe Friday was my halfway mark for the second placement of student teaching! :o When my peers and teachers told me it would fly by, I couldn't imagine that was true. It is! You are so busy soaking in information and applying everything you have been learning, next thing you know-you only have 3 weeks left!


I volunteered to speak at UTSA's IRA meeting last week on student teaching, while I was researching ideas-I came across a post by Teach123.  This is a great post about student teaching, especially if you are going to begin student teaching in the 2013-2014 school year!


I also wanted to link you my prezi that was presented at the IRA meeting.  I hope you find it useful, especially if you are student at UTSA! Have a great week and remember-only 8 Monday's left in the semester! :) :) :)

Oh yes, one more thing I would like to share.  I have been drooling over this for a few weeks now and would love to purchase it (one day) for my future class:

Programmable Electronic Timer