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  • Lesson Plan Portfolio Diana Magee

  • Building a Caring Community of Learners

    Synonyms (literacy grade 3) This lesson is a refresher about synonyms. The lesson provides the opportunity for students to come together as a class to read a book about synonyms, what they are, and some examples. Students then participate in a partner activity, brainstorming synonyms for common words. Students engage in turn-and-talk throughout the activity, and are able to engage in discussion with one another. Students then work together to incorporate their newly learned synonyms into a paragraph, and through the partner activity, work to create a class resource with synonyms for commonly used words in order to liven up their vocabulary.

    Motion of the ocean (social/dramatic play pre-k) Lesson allows students to come together and participate in a parachute activity. The students are able to spend time as a whole class participating in an introductory activity for a unit on the ocean. Students need to listen to a variety of instructions regarding motion and movement. Students move the parachute as the teacher says, and bounce ocean animals on the parachute as well as they journey through the ocean in a guided activity. The activity provides the opportunity for a full class activity, where success hinges on the ability of the class to work together.

    Flubber (sensory pre-k) Active engaging activity that incorporates student interaction as students work to create “flubber”, a gooey substance that can be manipulated into different shapes, and used similar to play-doh. The class is split into 2 groups, and each group is provided recipe cards to follow. Students need to work with each other in order to mix the correct ingredients together to make the desired consistency. Through effective communication, students need to work with each other to measure ingredients, and create the flubber. Students are then given the opportunity to play with and explore their own piece of flubber with their classmates.

  • Building a Caring Community of Learners- Analysis

    Synonyms (literacy grade 3) Since students had prior knowledge on synonyms, the anticipatory set was designed to be a refresher, and the students were responsible for more of the work. Lesson plan was designed to be fun and interactive to increase motivation. The class was working together as a team throughout the lesson because “Cooperative settings generate a feeling of connectedness that produces considerable positive energy and high levels of motivation.” (Baloche, 1997, p. 5). Turn and talk was used frequently in order to facilitate peer interaction, and ensure all students felt comfortable sharing ideas with the class. The anchor chart was created to be a class resource for students, so that they would use the words in their writing- and know that the class had created it together.

    Motion of the Ocean (social/dramatic play pre-k) Since many activities in Pre-k are small group, or partner, I wanted to incorporate a whole class activity where success hinged upon cooperation and working together as a team. While this lesson does introduce a lesson on the ocean, and introduce students to the theme, it also helps hit essential social skills of teamwork and following directions, which are vital skills to learn in preschool. According to class slides, “Play is an important vehicle for developing self-regulation as well as for promoting language, cognition, and social competence.” (Beaver, 2012b). This activity was designed to bring the class together as a whole to start the unit in an interactive, play based format, while still incorporating academic and social goals.

    Flubber (sensory pre-k) This activity incorporates skills of peer interaction, sensory play, and measuring into a fun activity where students get to create flubber. Students need to work with one another in order to assure that the end result comes out correctly. As students are able to explore the flubber after it is made, there is still peer interaction and students are able to engage in parallel play, associative play, or cooperative play depending on social skills as per Parten’s stages of play. This activity provides students the opportunity to work together to achieve an end goal.

  • Building a Caring Community of Learners- Goals

    • 1. Support positive peer interactions between all students by incorporating heterogenous grouping strategies, and random grouping strategies.

    • 2. Build positive relationships with students based on mutual respect, while maintaining authority in the relationship.

    • 3. Encourage students to work together as a team to achieve goals academically, within their classroom, and within the school community.

  • Planning and Teaching Content How do plants drink? (science grade 3-4) In this lesson, students participate in an experiment to see how water moves through plants. After setting up celery in colored water with a small group, students, using an observation worksheet, observe the reaction in two hour intervals over the next 2 days to see any physical changes that occur. Students are then able to discuss, ask questions, and explore the celery with their groups after the observation period. The lesson provides objectives directly linked to assessments, PDE science standards, common core writing standards, and eligible content for the 4th grade PSSA.

    Lewis and Clark Intro (Social studies grade 4) Provides students with an introduction to the Lewis and Clark expedition. Students learn about the Louisiana purchase, why Lewis and Clark were sent on their journey, and what they did to prepare. Students are shown video clips, and read an excerpt from a book in order to get a grasp on the time period and surroundings. Students then interact through a mapping activity that corresponds with a powerpoint on the Louisiana purchase. Students then participate in an interactive reading activity with a partner that focuses on their ability to remember reading material, and active listening. The lesson provides objectives directly linked to assessments, PDE social studies standards, and NCSS thematic strands.

    Lots of Dots (literacy/mathematics pre-k) This activity begins with reading Press Here by Herve Tullet. It is an interactive book, where the reader is asked to do certain actions, and dots on the pages seem to follow the instructions. After interacting with the book, students are brought over in small groups to work with a felt board and cut out dots. Students are able to recreate patterns from the book, and create new patterns using the dots on the felt board. The activity is assessed using a rubric, that directly looks to see how well each student met each behavioral objective. Behavioral objectives are linked with PDE standards for preschool.

  • Planning and Teaching Content- Analysis

    How do plants drink? (science grade 3-4) This lesson was designed to involve students in the process of scientific inquiry. According to class notes, “Scientific Inquiry is the diverse processes of science that people use to study things and propose explanations (inferences) based on reasonable logic (thinking recipes) and evidence *thinking ingredients: information, data) derived from their investigation.” (Busch 2012). This lesson allows students to learn content through hands on exploration. Students are able to ask questions, explore, and involve themselves with standard-aligned content. Based on their observations, students draw conclusions that can be applied to the life of plants. Students work with groups in order to have social interaction on academic subjects, and to learn to work cooperatively with others while sharing materials.

    Lewis and Clark Intro (Social studies grade 4) This lesson incorporates many elements of social studies into one lesson. Students are involved in history as well as geography. The lesson also includes a partner reading activity, where the students take turns recalling facts from a reading selection. This activity is meant to bring literacy into the content areas and across the curriculum, as well as to encourage students to read for a variety of purposes. Students also need to be engaged with their partner during the activity, providing an opportunity for social interaction. The content was designed to incorporate a large amount of material on the Lewis and Clark expedition, without developing a long unit on the subject. The powerpoint presentation was designed to be interactive and engaging, while still providing student with a large amount of information on the topic.

    Lots of Dots (literacy/mathematics pre-k) The lesson incorporates literacy and mathematics into one lesson, weaving connections throughout the preschool curriculum. The activity was designed to be play based and low stress, so that students felt comfortable working with the materials and experimenting with pattern making. According to class notes, “The teacher not only observes but also engages with children in activities, wondering aloud & posing questions to promote reasoning.” (Beaver, 2012a). Although the content may be disguised as a play activity, the teacher asks questions and guides students as they work to discover academic content through appealing activities.

  • Planning and Teaching Content- Goals

    • 1. Familiarize myself with the PA core standards.

    • 2. Incorporate cross-curricular instruction throughout the semester.

    • 3. Obtain knowledge of the scope and sequence of the 2nd grade curriculum in place in the West Chester Area School District.

  • Utilizing Developmentally