After numerous requests for lesson plans, I’ve decided to put some materials on Teachers Pay Teachers. Some will be free and others will be for sale. Materials will include but not be limited to the following: lesson plans, vocabulary units, class notes, and various writing assignments. Material will cover grades 7th, 10th, and 12th. Material will be relatively cheap, and the money earned will go towards buying things for my current classroom. If you’re looking for 7th Grade Lesson Plans, they will be available for free download (limited time) on the TPT store.
In the spirit of the holiday season being upon us, I decided to do a view and respond about Black Friday. In case you’re unaware of what Black Friday exactly is, please read the following snippet: “Black Friday is the Friday following Thanksgiving Day in the United States, often regarded as the beginning of the Christmas shopping season.” We began the class with a bell work prompt, “What do you know about Black Friday? Will you participate this year? Why or why not?” Most students knew what I was referring to, and they gave very candid responses. Most said they wouldn’t because they don’t see the point, or that perhaps their parents would but weren’t sure. The goal behind this particular bell work prompt, as it is for every bell work prompt, was to get them talking and involved in the classroom objective for the day. The objective, to engage, effectively, in a range of collaborative discussions (one-on-one, in groups, and teacher-led) on topics, texts, and issues, building on others’ ideas and expressing their own point(s) of views clearly.
Today, the class will work on (7.SL.1) & (7.SL.5) common core speaking/listening standards during a view & respond activity about Jonylah Watkins: Chicago Baby Shot While Dad Changed Diaper. I came across this story while reading the news, and it’s a very sad topic. The activity will begin with a handout that can be viewed [here]. I will select volunteers to read the news article to give the background to the story. Students will be prompted to use their active listening skills (who, what, why, where, when) during the viewing of CNN news clip [here]. Once the news clip is complete, I will give students about 3-5 minutes to jot down any information they couldn’t during the viewing as well as answer the questions (4 of them) to help guide the impending discussion. I will then open the floor up for discussion by asking initial reactions. This is a very mature topic. That being said, I think it’s important to see what our youth is thinking and what they have to say about it all. This is a very important topic about safety in general as well as violence they may see or hear about. One of my main objectives with this type of view and respond is to engage, effectively, in a range of collaborative discussions (one-on-one, in groups, and teacher-led) on topics, texts, and issues, building on others’ ideas and expressing their own point(s) of views clearly. I hope to reach that outcome through the multimedia source presented as well as notes using 5W’s format, discussion, and the view/respond handout.
Today, the class will work on (7.SL.1) & (7.SL.5) common core speaking/listening standards with this view & respond about teaching kids how to code on computers. From Fox News, “NEW YORK – Microsoft Chairman Bill Gates, Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg and Twitter creator Jack Dorsey are among the tech luminaries appearing in a new video promoting the teaching and learning of computer coding in schools.” I literally decided to implement this view and respond about 30 minutes ago. I knew I downloaded this video for a reason, and today that reason will hopefully come to fruition. I can remember in the early 1990’s when I learned how to type. I thought it was the coolest thing. I had no idea of how it would help me later on in life. I now type around 65 to 70 words a minute. It’s not earth shattering, but it’s a good skill to have. I also taught myself how to build very modest websites by learning how to code in my early 20’s. That too was a very good skill to have. I’m hoping that I reach a good portion of students so that I may spark their interest in something that will be a very good skill to have in the future, coding. Some of the students are already interested in this because they have told me to visit their websites that they put together in Computer Class, and that is soooo awesome! Continue reading