- B.A. Geography University of California, Santa Barbara
- B.A. Environmental Studies University of California, Santa Barbara
- Multiple Subject Teaching Credential University of California, Santa Barbara
- California Teacher of English Language Learners Certification University of Phoenix
I taught elementary school for 22 years at the 1st, 3rd, 4th and 5th grade levels. My goal is to provide you with ideas, lessons, games, and techniques that you can easily use in your classroom across the academic curriculum. I will also write articles on classroom management, professional development, performing arts, and physical education.
A Mother's Promise: Barack's Biography
Produced by the Official Obama Website, this short video explores the influences that shaped Barack Obama's character. His mother's influence can be seen in her promise that each of us can make what we want of our lives. And in her response to his complaints when awakened at 4:30 AM to go over his lessons, "This is no picnic for me either, Buster."
Drop Everything and Read (DEAR) is the focus of this behavioral lesson designed for kindergartners. In it, learners are coached on how to behave when the visual clue of DEAR time is placed on the whiteboard at the front of the room. The lesson does a good job of presenting a good way to introduce this important time of the school day to youngsters. Proper behaviors are talked about and practiced, and inappropriate behaviors are also acted out by the teacher, then discussed by the group.
Verbs: Future, Present, and Past Tense
Third graders take a look at how to use verbs in the present tense. They do this by acting out action verbs, (such as, running, jumping, etc.), writing down the verbs they acted out, using those words in written sentences, then playing a present-tense bingo game. The lesson plan is chock-full of terrific printable worksheets, useful websites, Bingo sheets, and game cards for the kids to use. It is extremely well-written, and has many educationally sound activites embedded in it.
Helping Plants Grow Well
Young gardeners explore the things that plants need in order to grow well. They look at the effects that water, light, and temperature have on plant growth. After a teacher-led demonstration on the parts of a plant, learners get into groups and work together to complete an online activity on plants. The activity is sure to encourage some good scientific discussion amongst your kids. There is also a nicely designed worksheet embedded in the plan that can be used for a homework assignment. A very good plan!
You're not going to find lesson plans any better than those that are produced by The Washington Post. This one is all about insects, and it's a fabulous lesson! It's packed with terrific teaching ideas, student worksheets, website links, extension activities, and a wealth of information about the world of insects for your learners to absorb. Observing and classifying insects are the two main thrusts of th lesson.