Lesson Planning - Lessons Learned

Lesson Planning can be a fun and time consuming task for educators. Welcome to Lessons Learned; the first link-up in this planning series. Each year I change things up a bit and try some new ideas in our classroom. Some work and some don't. Here are three things that worked well this year.

  • Wizard of Oz - Did you know there are over 15 Wizard of Oz stories. We downloaded them from Librivox to the iPad and the kids listened to them all. They sparked imagination, inspired creativity and greatly increased my children's vocabulary.

  • We used Google Sketch-up and Scratch to develop engineering skills. The kids learned a lot and were able to work very independently with the projects.

  • Our Cell Science Unit Study has been an awesome learning experience. The hands-on projects have made science come to life and easy to understand.

Before summer arrives I would love to hear about the successes in your class room. Just grab the button below and link-up.

The week after the 4th of July, each Thursday there will be link-ups for sharing upcoming lesson plans. I would love to hear about new curriculum, resources and method ideas. Here's the Schedule. Please come back in a few weeks to share your subject-based plans for next year.

Please share this link with friends and other bloggers. The more people we have link-up, the easier it should be for us to find resources. Sometimes it's easy, but some subjects seem to be more of a challenge. Science and writing come to my mind. I would love for you to join me on this helpful planning series.


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  1. This is so inspiring! I was just thinking over yesterday how I had just a few broad goals this term and how well it's been going. I shall write about them and link up - thanks Julie!
    ps thanks for the idea about the Oz books, my kids would love those too

    1. Thank you. I love reading about how others are homeschooling and especially how laid back approaches are really working. I look forward to reading your post. I really like the series you are doing on math.

  2. Ok, I linked up, following your schedule. Admittedly, we will be starting school again in August, so my organization/classroom/schedule is usually posted about that time also. The rest I intend to stay on track with. =)
    I am techie challenged so I couldn't figure out the whole button on my post thing but I still linked back to you O_o

    1. I think you did a great job. I enjoyed reading about your basics plus interest lead learning approach. You're right. The best way to learn to write is to write. Thank you for linking up:)

  3. I've just found your blog through the linky and started following along- I had no idea there were so many Wizard of Oz books! I also like the sound of the apps that help develop engineering skills! We don't do enough of that in school!

    x Serena x
    Magic Mistakes & Mayhem

  4. I linked up and have really enjoyed looking at all the great resources you have put together! Thanks for the invite!


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