Tuesday, November 20, 2012

Welcome to a New Blog




I have wanted to start this blog for a long, long time, and I am excited to say that this time has finally come!! As stated in my welcome this blog is for you, teachers, licensed, home schoolers, day care instructors anyone who teaches children. This is a place to share lesson plans that address the Common Core Standards as well as other topics and themes that children are expected learn during their school lives Preschool through graduation. 

Since this is a "new" blog, and I am learning as I go along, I am sure there will be many changes and much expansion in the future. Already I'm imagining pages such as "Teachers Lounge", "Playground" and "Parents & Teachers".  However in this first blog I would like to set up the first exchange of lesson plans/unit ideas in the LESSON PLAN LINE UP.

The first LESSON LINE UP challenge is to share lesson plans or activities that you do with your class before, during or after the winter holidays. Because we are considerate of the various multicultural activities that occur at this time of the year, the lesson plans could address all or one of the many holidays, such as Christmas, Kwanzaa, Hanukkah, Ramadan, Diwali etc. The lesson plans may concentrate on winter themes such as snowmen, snowflakes, sledding etc. Lessons may be as simple as making a paper ornament/picture, or as complicated as a unit on a culture and their celebrations of a season. Please try to connect your lesson with the Common Core Standards if you can.

The Common Core Standards can be found at http://www.corestandards.org/ or with your own state standards. I am from California and I also follow the California State Standards found at http://www.cde.ca.gov/be/st/ss/ 

For the initial entry you may leave a general explanation in the comments section of the post or if you choose you may submit an 'official' lesson plan sheet as provided under the page tab entitled "Lesson Plan Form" You do not have to include all the areas on the form. Those lines marked with a red * asterisk are mandatory.  Any added connections are to your credit and may help make your lesson one of the winners.  Copy, paste, complete the form and email to:  marieslittleredschoolhouse@yahoo.com  If you are discouraged from recopying your lesson on a new form , please send it as it is , rather than  where it came from, please state that. If it is an idea that came from one of your colleagues, please give credit to that person by mentioning their contribution. All of us find ourselves using ideas that we got from someone or somewhere, and often the idea is used nationwide. Do not hesitate to submit these ideas as well.Please include a picture of the final product or activity or worksheet to go with your plan. If copying your lesson over   is discouraging, please send it as is rather than not sending it at all.        Please include a picture if you can.  Ideally, the lesson should be your original idea. If it is an idea you have been using for years and simply don't known the source that is okay. Lesson plans are like recipes. We all may be using a basic recipe, but we add our own special touches to make it our own. If you have a question, please feel free to email me.

Again, welcome to my blog, and please, do come again!

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