5 Pinterest Collaborative Boards: Teaching & Education

I must confess that I am now an official Pinterest addict and I have spent more than an hour of my waking day to devote to building content of my awesome Pinterest teacher boards since its inception in November. The great news is that I'm now opening them up for collaboration!
What are Pinterest Collaborative Boards? They are actually boards on Pinterest that allow other pinners to pin content on the board. Yes, it's that plain and simple! I believe that I have great colleagues who are also Pinterest users (like YOU!) who would want to share pins centered around teaching and special education. Collaborative boards on Pinterest are a great way to share your information to other teachers and networkers, while also generating great back links to your blog or website.
My Pinterest boards are now open, please leave a comment on the latest post and I will certainly add you. Let's start sharing!
#1. Books and Reading Resources. This is all about the written word. Please leave me a comment on the most recent pin if you are interested in sharing your books and everything about books on this board.
#2 Great Ideas From Teachers. Need ideas for the kiddos? Get authentic teacher-made classroom resources, fun kid-friendly games, craftivities and more from our amazing teachers. If you want to share your awesome classroom pins, please leave me a comment on the most recent pin! We currently have 75 teachers collaborating on this board, join us!

#3 Social Media and Technology in Education. For social media savvy teachers, this board is for you! Blog, Twitter, Facebook, Pinterest, Google + tips and tricks to make all of them grow and glow...follow this board! Let me know if you want to be a pinner to this board by leaving a comment on the most recent pin.

#4 100+ Education Quotes. Get your education quotes from the most political edreform sayings to the most inspirational wisdom laden and famous proverbs from this board! Same process, share your pins by leaving a comment on the most recent pin and I will add you as a collaborator.
#5 National Board Certification and Teacherpreneurship. When the going gets tough, what do you do? Here are some resources that you might need if you are going through the process of National Board Certification or are just looking for teaching standards and best practices for effective teacher leaders. If you have something to share about NBC or Teacherpreneurship, please leave a comment on the most recent post.


LESSON PLAN: “The Girl Who Married The Moon” by Joseph Bruchac

ELA LESSON PLAN Week of: 11.11-14,2008

HOMEWORK: You can now do your homework online here, click on "Progress Zone" (yellow button on the right), log in code: FD1972.

Please do not forget to type in your first name and last initial so I know that you did your homework for this week. Completion of all 5 prompts means plus 5 points to your Capital Gains points. If you do not have a coputer at home, please visit your nearest Public Library. You may write your answers in your Jefferson Agenda Book also.

No more excuses for missed homework!

MONDAY 11.10.2008
STANDARD: 6LT-G2 Identify the characteristics of different forms of prose (short story, novel, novella, essay)

WARM-UP (BCR): List down 5 titles of books that you have read. Classify each book according to its literary form.

OBJECTIVE: Make an outline listing all the prose forms and give the characteristics of each.
ESSENTIAL QUESTION: What are the different literary forms and their characteristics?
PRODUCT: T-chart listing the literary forms and characteristics

Guided Instruction & Independent Practice/Study:

Discuss the different forms of prose and their characteristics:
http://www.learninginhand.com/lessonplans/genre/genre.ppt (use Promethean Board)

Break the class into smaller groups of 3. Ask each group to summarize what they have learned about the literary forms and their characteristics using a T-Chart.

WRAP UP Q & A:What kind of literary text is Amelia Earhart? What is the author’s purpose for writing this story? What kind of literary text is The Girl Who Married The Moon? What is the author’s purpose for writing this story?

TUESDAY 11.11.2008

WEDNESDAY and THURSDAY 11.12-13.2008

STANDARD: 6LT-C1 Analyze the relevance of the setting (eg, time, place, and situation) to the mood and tone of the text.

Imagine a warm, clear night. Describe what you might see in the sky. Tell how the moon changes during a month.

Identify the setting of the text.

ESSENTIAL QUESTION: Why is the girl wearing these clothes? Where do you think is she from? What do you think life is like for the Alutiiq people?


Completed Describing Wheel Graphic Organizer of the setting http://www.eduplace.com/graphicorganizer/pdf/wheel_eng.pdf
Completed Frayer Model Graphic Organizer with words used in the story. http://www.vancouver.wsu.edu/programs/edu/best/links/FrayerModel.pdf

-Say: “This week we will be reading a folktale about the moon and the way it appears to change shape in the night sky. To get ready to read, we will talk about things we see in the sky, and what they look like. The moon is one thing we see. How would you describe how it looks --- it’s appearance?”

-Display the poem “The Night Sky” on the Promethean Board and read it aloud. Use gestures to help convey meaning. Have students read the poem including the motions. Ask: What does the poet say a star looks like? What does the poet say a planet looks like?

- Show these words and their pictures to the class:
http://www.smbsd.org/uploaded/reading/files/Sixth_Grade/Girl_Who_married_the_moon_theme_2_Wk_2.pdf (use Promethean Board)
- Break the class into small groups of 3. Ask each group to choose two words according to their level of difficulty and analyze each word in this website using the Frayer Model Graphic Organizer http://www.vancouver.wsu.edu/programs/edu/best/links/FrayerModel.pdf

WRAP UP: E-Word Game:http://eduplace.com/kids/hmr06/ewordgame/index.html?grade=6&theme=2&selection=2

FRIDAY 11.14.2008
STANDARD: 6IT-E1 Identify and analyze the author’s stated purpose, main ideas, supporting details, and supporting evidence.

WARM-UP (BCR)What is your favorite book? What made you like this book? Do you think the author made a good job in writing this book? Why?

Identify the author’s stated purpose of expository text.

Who is Joseph Burchac and what is the message that he is trying to tell his readers of the story? Why did you say that?

Completed Describing Wheel Graphic Organizer about the author http://www.eduplace.com/graphicorganizer/pdf/wheel_eng.pdf

With the Promethean Board, show Joseph Burchac’s page on the Houghton and Mifflin website: http://eduplace.com/kids/hmr06/mtai/bruchac.html?grade=6

Ask a student to read the “About the Author” page.

Discuss and review to the students the author’s purpose in writing a story, show this slide on the Promethean Board: http://www.scribd.com/doc/3110802/Authors-Purpose-Ppt

Ask the students to work in pairs. Give out the Describing Wheel Graphic Organizer Completed Describing Wheel Graphic Organizer about the author http://www.eduplace.com/graphicorganizer/pdf/wheel_eng.pdf and ask them to describe the author focusing on what motivated him to write the story.

WRAP UP: Author’s Purpose Song:

WORD LIST: Spelling Rule: Homophones

BACHELORS (Easy) = sole, soul; pore, pour; loan, lone; poll, pole; main, mane
MASTERS (Average) = cereal, serial; stationary, stationery; canvas, canvass; patience, patients; prey, pray
PhD (Challenge) = aisle, isle; dissent, descent; barren, baron; assent, ascent; kernel, colonel

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