Welcome to the Calming the Chaos Blog Hop hosted by 2peasandadog.
All of us bloggers have come together to share our top tips for making the last month of school run smoothly. Visit each of our blogs to learn something new and catch a freebie or two!
Here’s a freebie to help get you through the last weeks of school!
You’ve probably done SOMETHING like this in the past – assigned different topics and had the students teach each other. But the end of the year is the perfect time to really do it officially! I like to actually teach my middle school students the basics of writing a *real* lesson plan – objectives, materials, procedures, and all! They can choose from anything we’ve learned this year and use a template to actually write a real lesson plan. I review best practices with them and encourage them to think about including the types of activities in their lessons that they themselves find engaging when a teacher uses. After, I choose a handful of students to carry out their lessons. The beauty of this activity is that it can take up as much time as you need it to! Schedule student presentations right up until the end. The students are SO MUCH more engaged when they’re teaching each other those last few weeks and this is the perfect way to review skills learned throughout the year.
Download this six page document (free download through Google Docs) to guide your students through writing their real lesson plan. It includes a blank template for them to complete, a sample lesson plan, and a “cheat sheet” that explains how to write objectives and takes them through each step of writing the lesson plan. It’s not content specific so it’s ready to use for any subject! I did not include standards for this reason, but that’s something you can introduce to them as well.
Another EASY way to get through those last few days (or weeks) is with an exciting, interactive thematic unit! I have a couple for sale in my TpT store.
A Dog Day 7-Hour Interactive Interdisciplinary Thematic Unit for 5th-6th Grades
A Dog Day ($3.00) includes several nonfiction articles about different breeds of dogs. Students study the different breeds and match owner preferences with the right kinds of dogs. They’ll learn about dog adaptations and the citizenship of owning a dog. They’ll also create a graph and make a comprehensive budget on the costs of owning a dog, both by the year and over the dog’s lifetime. After writing a persuasive letter to their parents convincing them to get the dog breed they find most appropriate for them, the students will take all of the activities completed during the day and turn it into an interactive lapbook. Check out A Dog Day here!
Thanks for stopping by on your hop today. The end of the year is truly my favorite part of the year. Testing is done and we can slow down and do all of those things we don’t have time for when we’re preparing for the TEST! I hope yours goes smoothly!