The following are some of my favourite lesson plans that I have used for my pre-internship and internship experiences. All contain objectives from the Saskatchewan Curriculum (K-5) and can be adapted for a variety of learners and learning environments:
- Poetic Saskatchewan Skies – Students will explore why Saskatchewan is called “Land of the Living Skies”. At the same time, they will be presented with photographs that portray the prairies geography. Using their developing knowledge of words, students will offer strong adjectives for their peers’ “sky photos”. Then, they will learn how to create a Wordle, and identify the Wordle as a unique form of poetry.
- It’s The Haiku! – In this lesson, students will learn about another poetic genre—the haiku. They will appreciate the haiku for its short length, descriptive words, and attempt to express the beauty of the natural world. This lesson integrates technology, since student pairs will use a Mac laptop to complete their haikus. They may also decorate their page using online images and tools (when completed).
- Five Fantastic Food Groups – Students will use technology to learn more about the five food groups, as well as complete a fill-in-the-blank worksheet. Then, they will play an online sorting game with a partner. Since I would like students to make their own healthy food choices, they will record the foods that they eat for three days (while using “Canada’s Food Guide” as a model).
- What Happens To A Hamburger? – In this lesson, students will take on a role-playing experience as they learn about how food travels throughout their digestive system. After I read a story and give brief instruction on the main parts of the digestive system, students will be assigned to act out a specific function of digestion.
- If You’re Not From The Prairie… – First, I will read If You’re Not From The Prairie… by David Bouchard. As I read, I would like students to reflect on favourite activities that correspond with the book. After I read, I will introduce music in nature from a First Nations perspective. We will read the handout together and students will discuss cultural music from their own backgrounds. For the main activity, students will brainstorm events and sounds for phrases written on the five posters.
- Playing With The Earth – Students will be excited to use Google Earth as a tool to help them understand specific features of Saskatchewan. This tool will help them identify important details about our province, use icons and symbols to ask and answer questions, and appreciate all that Saskatchewan has to offer! In the end, it is hoped that students can identify other resources found in our province, and also recognize the value of each one.
- A Flock Of Birds – In this lesson, students will find examples of Body, Space, Effort, and Relationships displayed in two very different pictures (on the overhead projector). In the gymnasium, they will experiment with these four elements by participating in a “flocking” activity with their classmates.
- Safety Switch! – Students will rotate among five stations and will experiment with the following Basic Movement Patterns—Landings, Locomotions, Statics, Rotations, and Springs. This will require students to read a set of steps and to analyze a picture. After students have finished experimenting with each station, we will have a discussion about the safety concerns of each, and how students can avoid potential injuries.
- Animal Springs – In this lesson, students will learn how to perform the opposite of landings—springs! Even though there are many different types of springs in gymnastics, we will focus on the springs that animals make. By playing the “animal game”, students will experiment with the springs of eight animals and then describe these springs as “forceful”, “firm”, or “light”.
- Walking With Jesus – At the beginning of this lesson, students will participate in a meditation activity—they will perform a “walk and talk” with Jesus in their minds. Then, they will “walk and talk” with their peers, and reiterate their most recent experience with Jesus. After students have collected many ideas from their peers, they will write a letter to a friend describing their new friend, Jesus Christ. (Students will also prepare an envelope to send to their reading buddies, and read the letters to them.)
- Sorting Numbers – In this lesson, students will use string and number cards to sort numbers into different categories. The manipulatives will help students realize that numbers can fit into one category, both categories, or none of the categories. Also, students will develop a greater appreciation for the many attributes and diagrams in which numbers can be sorted.
- Estimating Sums – In this lesson, students will realize that sometimes, adding does not require an exact answer. Instead, we can use different strategies to estimate the sum of two numbers. By participating in the activities, students will experiment with rounding, front-end estimation with compensation, and front-end estimation without compensation.