Sunday, May 5, 2013

The One With Lesson Planning

This has been a very busy weekend.  We got more work done on our 2nd bath.  Cleaned up the house some and sat down to get ready for the upcoming week.  It's funny to think that taking a break for me is not doing work around the house to get stuff ready for school.

While my boyfriend was watching Twister, I sat down to get lesson plans done. I also had to plan what my students will be doing for centers. That's the part I actually don't like that much.

This week we will be doing our last week in our reading curriculum. We still have 2 1/2 weeks left of school so next week I'm thinking of doing a review of the year.

This week we will be doing prefixes un and re. We will also do long o and long i (cv words). In writing we are learning about prepositions and prepositional phrases. We will also talk about reading and writing poems.

Our story for this week is Stone Garden. We usually read it first as a class (on Tuesday) and then do buddy reading of the story on Thursday. We will be using this story to review story elements of plot, setting, and characters.

For math, we will be finishing up our chapter on adding two-digit numbers. The students have been doing very well with this thus far. We have worked on place value since the first week of school so I think this has helped a lot. We will be solving word problems that have two-digit numbers. On Thursday we will have our chapter test.

We do Daily 5 for our reading interventions so that's usually set and ready to go each day. For math interventions we will be doing Dominoes (the kids love it), place value, greater or less than, 2D/3D shapes, and computers. On computers, our district purchased Education City a few years back so I set it up to go along with what we are learning.

Friday all of the first grade classes will be having our end of the year field trip to the Zoo. We will see the animals and ride the train and merry-go-round. The school district will also have a cookout for us at the zoo. We should be back by 1.

We have been reading James and the Giant Peach so we will probably watch the movie after we get back from the zoo. The students are usually pretty exhausted after we get back so getting decent work out of them is pretty difficult. Next week, we will compare and contrast the book and the movie.  If we finish the movie early, we will take some time to write about our trip to the zoo. 

 So all in all, it's going to be a pretty busy week.

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