
INTRO TO DIVISION LESSON PLANThis is the first lesson I taught in my 3rd grade final practicum placement classroom. Students were being introduced to division after having been taught multiplication through various model types, such as arrays, sets/groups, and timelines. Using the same models they have come to understand, this lesson teaches division of numbers following the VA SOL requirements, with one factor being 99 or less and the second factor being 5 or less. The assessment at the end of the lesson is for my own personal analysis of how well students understood the material after the lesson, and provides myself and my cooperating teacher (CT) with information on how to plan future lessons along this same curriculum topic.

CONGRUENT/NONCONGRUENT SHAPES LESSON PLANDuring this math lesson students will be learning what congruent and noncongruent means in regards to 2D shapes. Students will learn and practice through a SmartBoard activity and a scavenger hunt around the classroom. Attached are the shapes that I used for the scavenger hunt. Students will work in groups for this game to support each other, as this is brand new vocabulary. At the end of the lesson, students will also complete one to two worksheets that can be turned in as an assessment for teachers to judge their comprehension of the material.



WHY POLAR BEARS LIKE SNOW...AND FLAMINGOS DON'T  LESSON ONE Following along with the book "Why Polar Bears Like Snow...And Flamingos Don't", and its associated reading guide, this lesson is the first in a small reading group unit. Over the next few weeks students will be learning about nonfiction text features by reading and discussing the short book through guided reading and practice. The students I was working with throughout this unit were all ELL students, and, because of this, I put a focus on vocabulary and visual aid. For this first day, students were learning about text features such as the summary on the back of the book, "About the Author", pictures, and captions. They were making predictions and bringing in prior knowledge about the animals and habitats in the book. Students are also introduced to the concepts of compare and contrast, but will not start working on this until the next lesson.

WHY POLAR BEARS LIKE SNOW...AND FLAMINGOS DON'T  LESSON TWOThis is the second lesson of the small reading group unit. Students will be focusing on comparing and contrasting the information they are reading about in the book, and putting the information they find in a graphic organizer. Students will actually begin reading the book and will also be discussing sidebars throughout the first two chapters. They will be using prior knowledge to connect to the text and the information provided about the various animals and habitats.



WHY POLAR BEARS LIKE SNOW...AND FLAMINGOS DON'T  LESSON THREEThis is the third and final lesson I completed with this group using this particular book. This is a continuation of the last lesson, with a review of the meanings of comparing and contrasting before working on the completion of the graphic organizer for chapters one and two. Students will also be discussing the differences between sidebars and regular text during the reading. After finishing these two chapters students will discuss the author's purpose for writing this book.

MOVE IT!  LESSON ONEStudents in the ELL small reading group started a new book for this lesson called "Move It!". In this lesson, students will begin by creating a KWL Chart (know, want to know, learned) together as a group. They will browse through the book without reading the text (only looking at pictures) and will put down in the chart what they already know or recognize from the book, as well as what they want to know or learn from the reading the book. Finally, students will learn new vocabulary from the book using examples and visual aid to promote understanding. Students will not actually begin reading this book until the following lesson.



MOVE IT!  LESSON TWOStudents in the ELL small reading group began to read the book, "Move It!", during this lesson. Before reading, they reviewed the new vocabulary words discussed in the previous lesson, and then we read the book together. This lesson also introduces cause and effect through the inclusion of a Cause and Effect Chart that students completed as a group after reading. There were many possible answers for some of the blank boxes on the chart, meaning students had to brainstorm both what they learned from reading the book and also any prior knowledge that might pertain to what information the chart was asking.

CM/METERS LESSON PLANIn this math lesson, students will be learning about and practicing measurement with centimeters and meters. Students will begin by making comparisons between centimeters and meters, and U.S. measurements, such as feet, yards, inches, etc... After discussion, students will play a short quiz game using their Kahoot accounts to review the new information before beginning the class activity. For the class activity, students will be given charts, rulers, and meter sticks to practice what they have learned. Using items around the classroom, students will first estimate their lengths and then actually measure the items with their tools. All the while, students will be writing these numbers down into their charts, giving them the ability to compare their estimated measurements to the real measurement using a tool.



INTRODUCTION TO RECIPE WRITING PROJECTFor one of their writing projects, the students were expected to write a recipe for any meals they have cooked themselves, their family has cooked before, or any new foods they would like to learn more about. This project's purpose is to familiarize students with procedural texts. For this lesson, as it is only the introduction to the project, the majority of the time is taken up in an explanation of procedural texts with examples. The understanding and practice of sequence words is also an important element for students to grasp before undertaking their own writing. At the end of the lesson, students begin brainstorming ideas for their recipes on provided Think Sheets with question prompts.

ANTONYMS LESSON PLANBy this time, students were beginning their SOL practice and preparation work. The following lessons for the small reading group have a primary focus on SOL questions and contain practice quizzes for reading and reading elements. This lesson centers around antonyms. Students watch a short video on antonyms and follow up with a practice worksheet that is a group activity. After this, students individually take a short quiz with questions similar to the ones they would encounter on the real SOL, before going over the quiz and discussing answers together.



WHEEL AND AXEL LESSON PLANFor this science unit, students were learning about simple machines. During this particular lesson, we focused on learning about wheels and axels. Throughout this lesson, students watched two videos on this topic, with class discussions used to followup each, and a group craft activity for practice on the subject. In their small groups, students were given materials needed to create and decorate their own cardboard cars. Students could make these cars any way those chose, with the one rule being that they had to be able to correctly attach the wheels to the car using axels so that their cars could actually roll and move across the floor or desks. Students would then present their cars to the class with a short explanation of how wheels and axels worked.

INCLINED PLANE LESSON PLANThe following science lesson centered around the explanation of inclined planes. The document for this lesson is actually me talking to my cooperating teacher and mapping out the plans for this lesson. I did not formally write up a full lesson plan to post, but in this email I sent to my cooperating teacher are the outlines for the lesson I did, in fact, teach. I learned many things from teaching this lesson and planning it out so informally. The first is that, while lesson plans are much more organized and usually preferable, only having this email with a brief layout of the lesson was still enough for me to map out my thoughts and both create and implement a successful lesson. The second was that I learned having multiple short activities and examples when teaching a lesson can prove to be much more beneficial to the learning and understanding of the material by the students, rather than having one long, dragged out activity to fill class time. In this particular lesson, I had three different ways of allowing students to practice their understanding of inclined planes. The first through pushing books up a slide on their playground, the second through using the weight of different objects to to lift an apple up an inclined plane, and the third through simply wrapping a triangle of paper around a pencil and showing the lines on a candy cane to represent the inclined plane on a screw. All throughout each of these activities, of course, were class discussions and questions prompting student understanding of what they were seeing and experiencing.



SOL READING PRACTICEThe last two lessons I had with the small reading group were on SOL practice, which involved reading stories and answering comprehension and reading component questions. Both documents to the left are not lesson plans, but instead the short passages and/or quiz questions students would read together and then answer individually. After taking these quizzes, students would discuss with me the answers, as well as their thought processes as they answered the questions.
Disclaimer #1: Three of the stories in the first document have uncompleted multiple choice questions. We did not use these three in the lesson. However, they are still usable if the teacher is willing to make answers for these questions Disclaimer #2: The second document only includes questions for the short stories we read together as a group. The stories were in a storybook I owned and brought in to read aloud to students for this particular small group, and are therefore not included in the document. 
NUMBER LINE/FRACTION LESSON PLAN While students have briefly discussed fractions prior to this lesson, this is the first time using a number line to portray a fraction. The introduction to this lesson is composed of showing two examples of a number line using a ruler and a chocolate bar. A Smart Board activity follows, where students see different examples of fractions on a number line and discuss these as a class. Students will then practice putting fractions on a number line by attaching different fractions to a string of yarn stretched across the classroom. Finally, the lesson ends with practice using a worksheet.

