Tuesday, December 7, 2010

New Ideas From Lesson Plan SOS!!

Lesson Plan SOS has posted new December lessons recently and I wanted to tell you about a few that I absolutely love!!

I have found so many great ideas using The Gingerbread Man lately and this lesson is no exception. Students are given money to buy materials for decorating a gingerbread man. They have to create a shopping list, figure out if they have enough money for everything they want to purchase, purchase materials, and put together a gingerbread man using the items they bought. The unit comes with everything you need to implement the lesson including a note asking for donation items, price lists, price tags, recording sheets, colored display signs, and pictures of how the lesson works!! I love the examples of what the students creative. What a great way to learn about the value of money.

They have a great lesson using present wrapping as a springboard for an expository writing piece. Students write a piece about how to wrap a present, then they have to actually wrap a present using the directions they wrote. As the writing ends, a contest begins to see who wrapped the most perfect present. Students will have so much fun with this lesson!!

If you are looking for some how-to writing, they have a great lesson on how to make Rudolph. Students follow simple directions for creating a reindeer out of construction paper, then they write their step by step directions for the project. The reindeer are so cute!

One last great writing lesson they have for sell is a point of view Santa writing lesson. Students write a letter to children as if they were Santa instead of the traditional letter to Santa. What a great idea!!

All of these lessons could be easily adapted to a kinder room by turning them into a whole group lesson. Students could work as a table or a whole class to make one big gingerbread man, they could all make reindeer and do a shared or interactive writing piece as a whole class for how they made it, and they could write a whole class letter from Santa's point of view.