How I Use It
I used this teacher-created resource to supplement my current Middle School reading lessons for mood and tone. I was able to search for the lesson by typing in the Common Core standards I was looking for and for an overall key word (mood). Once I clicked on a lesson plan from the search results, I was able to find similar lesson plans and resources to give me ideas for my classroom. I spent 15 minutes just reading through the different lesson plans provided (at least a dozen for what I was looking for). It was easy for me to download the resources provided: PowerPoint presentations, handouts, worksheets, activity pages... all at no cost. The teacher that provided the lesson I was most impressed with connected her lesson to The House on Mango Street -- a story that we read in Middle School -- and I was able to add the components she described to the lessons I've already created. All of my students are reading below grade level, and it is very easy for me to find leveled materials that I can adjust for them. For instance, I was able to download a Power Point presentation and adjust the vocabulary to fit my students needs.
I am excited to continue to use this resource in finding direct instruction lessons to reach students that might not be grasping the lesson I was teaching (especially for author's purpose and several grammar rules).
The fact that this is a free resource is astounding. I was very impressed with this teacher resource and have it on my top 10 list to share with teachers who are in need of a "fresh" lesson plan or a new way to teach a concept. Each lesson is Common Core aligned, includes resources, timing, questions, quizzes, video tutorials, overarching goals, and opportunities to provide feedback to the lessons. It is incredibly easy to get started and easy to identify lessons and tasks that will work for your group of students. It's structured very well (shows beginning of each part of the lesson and divides these parts based on type or part of lesson).
I also liked that there is a list of Master Teachers within each grade level and subject I searched and that it was so easy to bounce between teachers based on the subject or lesson I was looking for. The ease in navigating the resource was especially valuable for me.
I was ESPECIALLY impressed with how well you can search the Common Core standard (at various grade levels) and find the lesson that were aligned to that standard. There are a few that are not represented (generally in the word-work for the middle grades), but I anticipate this changing as more Master Teachers are added to the site and upload their lessons.
I look forward to when they add the content areas (they are currently seeking Science educators from public and charter schools) to create a directory of science lesson plans. For now, they are limited to math and language arts/reading.