This year I have been blessed and don't have to turn in lesson plans so I tried to plan so it would be helpful to me in the future. I planned a unit at a time and used my flipcharts as my plans. Each day, I posted a learning target... a mini lesson... and then the day's activity. I did this for writing and math this year and I think I am going to be SO grateful next year when I already have all of this work done. I have thought about putting some stuff on TPT, but I feel like a lot of people don't have the Promethean Boards? So what do you have??
Just to give you an idea of what I am talking about... here are a couple of pictures of my money math unit:
So I have always PLANNED on using math centers, but never could quite get it going. I am happy to say that this year I have finally done it and I will never go back! Thanks to pinterest and TPT, ideas are so much easier to find! Each week I have different math centers... this was the first week where the goal was just to identify money. The first center is a coin book where they write about characteristics of the coin. The second one, Money Maps, has them sort their coins. The Gumball Race has them roll a dice (which I put different amounts on) and they had to color in the corresponding gumball. I have a portaportal account with different math sites. My kids get on there and do the money activities. During the first week, I also put out all of my foreign money I have collected and let them examine it, sort it and talk about it. Finally, the last group is with me. They are grouped based on ability so I can work on specific skills with them.
This is an example of a mini lesson. This was actually the first day and the goal was just to identify the coins. I split them into teams. I pulled the coin out of the money bag and then if it was their team, they had to scream ME. I put it in the correct column... the first coin that had five in their column won. My goodness, they loved it-- so silly in my eyes, but anything you can make into a game :)
So I guess my question is... would you find these useful? Does anyone else plan like this?