Lesson Plan

Common Curriculum Collaboration

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Jen W.
Classroom teacher
Avonworth Elementary School
Pittsburgh, United States
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My Grades 3
My Subjects English Language Arts
Digitial Citizenship and EdTech Mentor

Students will be able to...

  • Engage in the lesson of the day by being able to see the teachers plan book as well as essential questions
  • Visualize the agenda for the lesson
  • See key vocabulary
English Language Arts
Social Studies
Grades Pre-K – 12
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1 Hook

This is a very flexible lesson as I wanted to show how easy it would be to incorporate the common curriculum website into planning a lesson.    Brain pop has a variety of topics covering many different subjects that are motivating to grab your students attention.  

2 Direct Instruction

Common Curriculum
Free, Free to Try, Paid

Show the students your essential questions straight from the common core website where you have typed them along with your plans.  This would eliminate the need to always be rewriting them on the smartboard or sentence strips to have handy for your lesson.  Students would easily know what the learing objectives were for your lesson.

3 Guided Practice

Free, Paid

Teachers could integrate ESpark as way to show a whole group or a small group a new app or game that would help them learn the desired skill.  ESpark is a personalized curriculum recommended after a student takes a reading and math assessment.  ESpark recommends a list of educational apps for students aimed at improving the skills they need.

4 Independent Practice

Free, Paid

Students individually would now try their own recommended curriculum through ESpark.  This may consist of a variety of items on the Ipad such as games, videos, podcasts, ebooks, and other apps available ton the Apple Apps store.

5 Wrap up

Students would use the app Sock Puppets to answer the essential questions from the lesson.  Sock Puppets allows the students to take ownership of their learning by choosing puppets, a background, props, sound effects and more to record a short video.  I would have the students save and publish their videos and show them to our class on the Smartboard.  It would be a great way to assess your students' learning and could be used as an "exit card."