At the beginning of the year, it’s important to turn your classroom into an inviting and comfortable place where everyone can learn, relax, and enjoy! I’m sharing one of my favorite lesson plans that gets my students engaged right off the bat. Use these steps to let your students know that you care and believe in their future achievements and watch them run to your classroom excited to do their READ 180 assignments!
READ 180 Lesson for the Beginning of the Year:
1. Do Now Assignments--Make your own and use the Dashboard
2. Working with a Partner
3. Introducing Vocabulary
4. RED Routine: Idea Wave
1. Do Now
Have an activity on the board when students walk into the classroom. Students can work on this as you are taking role and getting ready for class.
1. What summer activity was the most exciting for you?
The summer activity that was most exciting for me was...
The most thrilling summer event was -------- because-------
2. What has been your greatest achievement with READ 180?
My greatest achievement with READ 180 was ----- because-------
2. Lesson: Working with a Partner
Rules for Partnering:
A. Think First (think about your responses to the questions)
B. Rehearse (practice your answer on your head and whispering)
C. Share (with a classmate)
Make eye contact with an elbow partner. Determine who will be partner #1 and #2: #1 is seated on left; #2 is seated on right. No #3s (second #2 will share after first #2).
Before sharing the Do Now with each other, review "proper partner etiquette" with your students. I like to use the 4L's:
Everyone has a listening job. Students might want to write the partner’s answer down because they may be called on to share. Teacher models the sentence frame by reading it in phrases. Next, read the sentence frame aloud chorally as a class. Now you're ready to share your answer with your partners.
Gather your students’ attention back to you and have the volunteers share their answers to the rest of the class. Ask your students to use their:
I recommend using these comments to students after they have shared responses as encouragement:
For 100% classroom participation, have all students stand up. raise one hand up, and high five another person in the room. This will be another way to match up students.
To avoid the "professional participants" you may choose scholars to
Birthdays, tallest, wearing a particular color, braces, shorts, color of hair, born in Texas or another state, likes the Cowboys over the Texans, is the oldest sibling, has a brother or sister, largest hand, stand if you have a similar answer, please share if your partner stated an answer that we have not discussed, summer birthday, etc.
3. Introducing Vocabulary
Partner #2 please share your synonyms using the following sentence starter.
Two synonyms for ___________ are __________ and ____________.
Students can teach the vocabulary word by using the posted guidelines.
4. Idea Wave
Display a copy of the Idea Wave on the projector and have students react to the comments of their classmates Do Now activities. The Idea Wave is a great asset to helping all students speak in complete sentences.
Give the four steps a try as you swing into the READ 180 routines! I’m always looking for new activities and routines to use in my classroom – share your lesson ideas for the beginning of the year! Reading is a launch pad for the the future. Encourage your students to share their "World of Possible!" What do they Hope, Dream, Believe, and want to achieve in their life? And remember to share your story with your students as well. I play the video of me receiving the United Million Miler package and the photograph showing how I accomplished my hopes and dreams!
Philosophy of Teaching
All of my life, I have enjoyed working with children and have always desired to teach. It is my belief that no matter what socio-economic background, everyone deserves to achieve his/her educational goals. It is my ambition to facilitate this process.
Growing up in the Houston area, I have always been aware of the Cypress-Fairbanks School District. The district's reputation of excellence is well known, not only in the Houston metroplex, but throughout the state of Texas. As a professional educator, it is important to be associated with a school district whose goals for its students are aligned with my philosophy of teaching.