Oh my goodness! Our school just completed the first week of online learning and there are no words to express how tired I am. The good news is that with each day things got just a bit easier. Students could navigate and parents were understanding Google Classroom. What a week! So now, I wanted to share some fun ideas that may help you during the beginning of the school year.
Our first teacher feature this week is from @sparkles.pencils.and.plans. We all know that this back to school season looks waaaayyyy different than what we’re used to, so why not change up your self-portrait assignment you know you’re planning. @sparkles.pencils.and.plans designed a self portrait activity where students draw their faces and can fold the paper to display a mask. If this isn’t the perfect back to school assignment for this year, then I don’t know what is! If you’re teaching virtually like our school, maybe take the same idea and create a video walking students through how to do this at home. Or perhaps scan copies and send it home virtually. No matter how you choose to adapt this for your needs, it’s super cute! Here is the link so you can see some more amazing ideas: https://instagram.com/sparkles.pencils.and.plans?igshid=mvvhhn6okjh9
Our second find this week comes from the world of Teachers Pay Teachers. Two elements of focus for all teachers in our building are social justice and social emotional learning. TpT has organized a school guide to teaching social justice. There are videos, articles, and even FREE webinars you can register for to help have the conversations and educate yourself. We need to pay attention to our content not only in classroom libraries, but classroom decor and curriculum. This is a phenomenal resource to help get you started! Here is the link if you’re interested in learning more: https://www.teacherspayteachers.com/back-to-school-2020/social-justice
Finally, the last back to school resource comes from us right here @lessonplantoolbox. We wanted to share a super fun activity that can still be done during these warm September days. You need all the fixings for a s’more (graham crackers, marshmallows, chocolate) and a piece of foil. Look at your local forecast and find a day when it will be warm and sunny. Have students assemble the s’more in the classroom and wrap it in foil. Instead of roasting it on a fire pit, place it in the sun for a few hours to let the magic happen. You might even have to move it throughout the day when the sun moves. You can do a whole science lesson on the sun and energy or even physical and chemical changes. My students loved this activity and were engaged the whole time. I cannot take credit for this idea because I believe I read it in the Teacher Mailbox magazine years ago! Enjoy!
So that’s a wrap on another edition of Lesson Plan Toolbox’s Teacher Feature. We hope you were able to gather an idea or two to implement with your students whether virtually or in-person. Please feel free to reach out to us on Instagram (@lessonplantoolbox) if you’re looking for something specific. We’re happy to do the searching for you!
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