Wednesday, January 30, 2013

My First Visual Lesson Plans

Where has the week gone? My plan was to post about this topic on Sunday or Monday, but it's Wednesday and here we are.

After seeing so many amazing bloggers create their Visual Lesson Plans, I decided to take the plunge and attempt my own.

A BIG Thank You to Nicole and Reagan for giving the the courage to make the leap (I only hope someday my plans look as amazing as yours)!!

If you click the image above, you will pull up a the Lesson Plans, Homework Assignments, and  a Weekly Literacy Center Menu.

Phew! I can't believe I actually did it?! I am so happy with how they have turned out and I am sure with time, I will love them even more!

In the file, I have included a Weekly Literacy Center Menu. This year I have been trying to incorporate the Daily 5 into my classroom. As much as I have loved components of it, I just don't feel that it fully meets my needs. I needed to see my students practicing skills that meet their needs. After so much research (or blog stalking, I found a fabulous blog that really helped me to come up with a plan that combines Daily 5 and Centers, as well as choice and requirements. Sarah, from Sarah's First Grade Snippets, chose to create a Center sheet that students would complete throughout the month, with each center being required. As much as I loved the idea, I wanted to create a Weekly Literacy Center Menu, where students have the opportunity to choose the centers they complete, the center menu, worksheets/print-outs, and folder is due at the end of the week. I love the fact that students have the ability to work on the necessary skills, but also have an opportunity to make choices based on their interest.

My hope is the Visual Plans inspire you to take the plunge, too!!

How do you organize your weekly plans and do you do centers, Daily 5, Guided Reading or your own system?


Julie Sawyer said...

I'd like to look at your plan, but I think you have it marked private -- I get a message that I don't have permission to access it.


Collaboration Cuties said...

Oh my! These look great! I've seen these on other blogs, but I have no idea how to do them!! I may have to try them sometime...

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Caralee DeHerrera said...

Julie -- I'm sorry about that problem :( I have fixed the issue and I hope you will be able to see them.

Thank you for taking an interest in my plans!


Caralee DeHerrera said...

Amanda, I am glad you like them! The final product was a huge work in progress! I am still in the learning stages and hope to get a handle on it soon :)


Vanessa said...

Hi Caralee, I am in the same boat as you when it comes to the Daily 5. I began the year with it and feel like I'm about to end with something completely different. I will be taking a look at this towards the end of the year and start implementing that plan next year. Oh boy, look at me thinking about next year lol!

Happy teaching,

Julie Sawyer said...

Thanks - now I see them. I have a hankering to try this with my plans, but am not there yet :) In the meantime, I love looking at how others are doing it.

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