Wednesday, January 22, 2014

Lesson Plan: Soil

Below is a lesson plan on soil, designated for eighth graders.  The textbook used for the lesson is Earth's Changing Surface (Prentice Hall Science Explorer).  The lesson plan incorporates literacy into the subject of science.  Worksheets are included in the document.


Monday, January 20, 2014

Lesson Plan: MLK FQR

Today is MLK Day!  The following is a lesson plan on Martin Luther King Jr.  The lesson plan involves a reading strategy called Facts/Question/Response.  The lesson is intended for sixth grade, and can overlap with language arts and social studies subjects.  The lesson could be a part of a a larger unit on civil rights.  Additional resources can also be found throughout this lesson.

Title: Martin Luther King Jr. Facts/Question/Response

Grade Level: 6th grade

Subject Level: Language Arts/Social Studies

Integration of Learning Outcomes:

  • R8.A.2: Understand nonfiction at appropriate grade level.
  • R8.A.2.5.1: Summarize the major points, processes, and/or events of a nonfictional text as a whole.
  • CC.8.5.6-8.H: Distinguish among fact, opinion, and reasoned judgment in a text. 

Lesson Plan: Compound Subjects and Agreement with Verbs

In the following lesson plan, students will learn about compound subjects and their agreements with verbs.  The lesson will transition from teacher instruction to guided practice.  During student practice, students will get a chance to create silly sentences, but with the correct subject and verb agreements!

Minilesson TopicCompound Subjects and Agreement with Verbs

Grade Level: 6th, can be adapted for other grades

Subject: Language Arts

Background: This grammar minilesson on the agreement between compound subjects and verbs will be taught to 6th grade students.  Students have already learned about subjects, verbs, and compound subjects. They have learned about subject-verb agreement, but this will be their first introduction to subject-verb agreement for compound subjects.

Objectives/Goals: Students will be able to write the proper agreement between compound subjects and their verbs.

Rationale/State Standards: CC.1.4.4: Demonstrate a grade appropriate command of the conventions of standard English grammar and spelling.

Sunday, January 19, 2014

Lesson Plan: Mixed Numbers & Improper Fractions

Embedded below is a lesson plan on converting mixed numbers into improper fractions and converting improper fractions into mixed numbers.  The lesson plan would likely be used in an upper elementary classroom.  The lesson plan includes worksheets.

Mixed Numbers & Improper Fractions Memory

Lesson Plan: Moon Phases

Embedded below is a document containing a five unit lesson plan for moon phases.  The science lesson was intended for fifth grade, but could easily be adapted for other grade levels.  Worksheets and additional sources are included with the lesson plan.

You can download the Moon Phases Notes Sheet and Arranging Moon Phases worksheets on our Teachers Pay Teachers page.

An Inspirational Teacher

"The Teacher Sharing Network" website exists because I want to be a teacher.  There are so many reasons why I want to be a teacher, but one particular teacher really influenced me.  I am where I am today because of him.  Teachers can make such big impacts on students' lives, and it is always great to share those inspirational stories. I was once asked to write about a teacher who inspired me to become a teacher, and would like to share my story for my first article on this website.

“It has been a true joy to teach every single one of you. When you're older and you look back at the time you spent in second grade, I want you to remember that when you persevere, you can do anything. But most of all, I want you to remember all of the fun times that we had in second grade. I hope you had the time of your life,” wrote Mr. K in an end of the year slide show.

Mr. K's positive attitude rubbed off on his students. He knew how to make learning fun. He was not only a terrific teacher, but a great role model as well. Mr. K impacted his students for rest of their lives, especially mine.