Lesson Plans 2011-2012

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I love creating lesson plans-however the process can be very time consuming! Every campus, principal and even school district has their own way of submitting lesson plans. Nowadays, they are submitted online, meaning that there is a provided template to use. I have created lesson plans in Triand and Eduphoria-very time consuming. After adding in all the required information, I am not able to follow the plans in my teaching. So, what I did was to create my own very simple template. I can refer back to it while teaching, to see what is next in my lessons. It is a lesson plan template that I can read and follow and takes little time to add to and change each week.

I also have created 4 weeks of plans for each month, instead of dating the lesson plans. This is so that I can easily refer back to them based on the month and not the exact date that it was taught the previous year. So, September has Week 1, 2, 3, and 4 and October has Week 1, 2, 3 and 4…and so on. I designed the template to include the main activity that the students will do. This helps me to know the materials that I need to prepare and have ready for the week.

 August

Lesson Plan – August -First Week of School

September

Kindergarten Lesson Plans- September 4th Week

October

Kindergarten Lesson Plans- October 1st Week

Kindergarten Lesson Plans- October 2nd Week

Kindergarten Lesson Plans- October 3rd Week

Kindergarten Lesson Plans- October 4th Week

November

Kindergarten Lesson Plans- November 4th Week (after Thanksgiving)

December

Kindergarten Lesson Plans- December 1st Week

January

Kindergarten-lesson-plans-January-1st-week

Kindergarten-lesson-plans-January-2nd-week

Kindergarten-lesson-plans-January-3rd-week

Kindergarten-lesson-plans-January-4th-week

February Lesson Plans

Kindergarten-lesson-plans-February-1st-week

Kindergarten-lesson-plans-February-2nd-week

Kindergarten-lesson-plans-February-3rd-week

Kindergarten-lesson-plans-February-4th-week

I have begun creating a new style of plans, similar to those above. I am actually  in the process of writing a Kindergarten curriculum, similar to the one that I used in my Houston Public School. As a curriculum specialist, I am in the process of extensivley researching the best methods and formats for teaching letters and sounds and Reading! To get these FREE lesson plans…go to the page tab at the top of my home page and click on “My Favorite Lesson Plans-Month by Month.” I labeled them by month so that you can begin them when you want. However they do build one upon another. You can even skip a whole month if your children already know their letter and sounds and can sound out simple CVC words. Teaching Reading and Phonics can be tricky and confusing. -Andrea

Here is a sample from my NEW! Lesson Plans (Remember, they can be found on the “My Favorite Lesson Plans-Month by Month” page at the top of my web page.

LP-Month4-Week4-with-worksheets

37 comments

  1. Thank you for all the great information. I am currently student teaching and I can’t wait till my name is on the door. I have been trying to master the art of lesson plans and I too find it time consuming. I love all the other great stuff that you have posted here. Thank you for sharing. I am a sponge and want to learn learn learn.

    1. Hi Sharae,

      I am so happy that you are able to use some things that you found here on my site. During your student teaching, this is the time to “take-take-take.” I acquired so many great ideas and resources from other teachers that were willing to give-when I student taught twelve years ago. That giving spirit can usually be found within some really great teachers. Feel free to contact me anytime for any help that you may need. If I can’t help, maybe I can save you some Google search time, by pointing you in the right direction. Happy teaching and happy Thanksgiving!

      1. Oh, Amanda
        I just got so busy. Our school district moved to a new online lesson planner. It took hours to input one subject level for an entire week. So, my own “real” lesson plans that I normally typed up (since the online ones were too many pages)…unfortunately took the sidelines. I am so sorry and will try to update it better soon! Thanks for reading. Is there anything else you’d like to see on this site? -Andrea

  2. Your lesson plans have given me lots of ideas. I homeschool and find that creating lesson plans is difficult. Thanks for posting yours!
    Do you have a Yr. lesson plan overview?
    My biggest problem is in Language skills and the order taught.

    1. Hello – I also have an overview of how I taught the skills throughout the year. It starts from letter sounds to sight words, then word families. It is on the top of homepage, under the CURRICULUM tab and then scroll down to the CURRICULUM TIMELINE 2010-2011. It has the complete order. I’m sure this will a good guide for you. My school in Houston followed this order and I just made my own “easy to read timeline” out of it. It is all based on Texas standards, which I must add are a bit harder than other states.

      Did you want a letter Y or a letter R Lesson Plan?

    2. Hi,
      I have created a year long Kindergarten curriculum based on Montessori and Standards based teaching. It includes phonics and reading as well as Math, Science and Social Studies. If you are interested just send me an email and I can send you the file. I will be posting some of the lesson plans here as well! -Andrea

      1. Hello Andrea,
        I am a first year kindergarten teacher at small progressive school. I would love a copy of your Montessori curriculum. Can you please send me a copy?

      2. Hi Meghan,
        I hope that you are having a wonderful school year. I wouldn’t really pin my curriculum as Montessori, although Montessori inspirations are weaved throughout. I will keep posting the lesson plans that I am creating, as I create them. Feel free to follow this blog and you will receive an email notification when they are posted. Thank you for your interest! Let me know if I can help you in any way! Also, I have a Linkedin group that I created for Kindergarten teachers. Feel free to come join and collaborate with us. We have more than 500 members! It is called: Kindergarten Teachers United. -Andrea

      3. Hello Andrea! Thanks for the rapid response. I will certainly join the kinder group. I noticed on this post you said you had a file with a year long curriculum. Is this something you can send to me? You have some many wonderful ideas and they are in such an easy to follow format. Thanks for sharing.

      4. Hi Meghan,
        I am so glad to have been of help to you. I’m glad you like the format as much as I do! Check your email-I am sending you the 12 month file. It is just the overview, as I am still writing the lesson plans as I go… -Andrea

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  6. I teach phonics and literacy in Nigeria,was employed by the Government.its really tasking to teach a lot in just a short while to children who are being taught through wroth learning.your lesson plan is so useful,where and ho to i get books to teach these kids,like the Elmer book.God bless you dear

    1. Hi Francesca,
      I understand your frustrations. I actually found many of the books second hand. But, you can buy them from amazon.com and also Barnes and Noble bookstores. Scholastic is another place that sales books. Let me know if I can help in any other way. Have a great summer and school year! -Andrea

  7. Hi, I was looking at you lesson plans and a few of them have been cut off on the right. Just wondering of they can be corrected? I am interested to see what was planned for those days :) thank you!

  8. I just passed my ec-6 content test and started interviewing for jobs this week. I had been a bit clueless when it came to lesson planning and I love how yours are organized! Thank you for the help and sharing your ideas!

  9. Thank you so much for sharing your lesson plans. I have taught kindergarten for 8 years and have been stressing about including all the standard numbers and such. I love having a simple plan I can glance at and follow. I am gong to try making two sets- one with standards for my principal and one with just the activities for me to follow. Thank you, thank you.

  10. Love your templates for your lesson plans. Do you have an overall daily schedule that you could share that shows how your day is set up and how much time you allocate for each teaching/learning experience. I am just curious.

    Cindy

    1. Hi Cindy,
      Each year, my schedule changes based on when my lunch, PE, library and other “Special” times are. I also change my daily schedule at least 5-10 times until I get it “just right.” Each week, I turn in a new schedule with my lesson plans and I bet my principal just shakes her head thinking “oh gosh, another new schedule from Mrs. Chouhan!” This is my schedule for this school year: 8-8:15 Drop Everything and Read, 8:15-8:30 Journal Writing & Announcements & Pledge, 8:30-8:40 Circle Time & Calendar, 8:40-9:00 Math, 9:00-9:40 PE, 9:40-10:00 Snack, 10:00-10:15 Phonics, 10:15-10:30 Shared Reading, 10:30-11:00 Literacy Stations, 11:00-11:30 Free Stations & Guided Reading Groups, 11:30-12:00 Lunch, 12:00-12:15, 12:15-12:30 Math Action Songs, 12:30-1:00 Library, Skill Groups, or Phonics Songs, 1:00-1:30 Science or Social Studies, 1:30-2:15 Nap, 2:15-2:30 Music, 2:30 Dismissal -Andrea

  11. Hello Andrea, I am currently homeschooling my 6 year old daugther I would love to follow ur lesson plans, would it be possible to have them send to my email, iam working full time too and is difficult for me to gather the lessons.

      1. I CAN’T FIND MONTH 5 ALONE, JUST THE OVERVIEW, NOT THE LESSON PLAN. REALLY LOOKING FORWARD TO IT!
        THANK YOU!! =)

    1. Hi Suki,
      I have my plans at TpT now. I am so happy to hear that you are enjoying my Lesson Plans. Here is the link: http://greenbeankindergarten.wordpress.com/wp-admin/post.php?post=2946&action=edit&message=1 Hopefully that link works. If not, go to http://www.teacherspayteachers.com and then search: green bean kindergarten. Each Lesson plan is there by month for months 1-6. You can also download them in a bundle for months 1-5. -Andrea

  12. I have just been asked to take over a kindergarten class of 20 four months into the school year. This is my first time teaching Kindergarten and the teacher did not leave lesson plans for the upcoming weeks. I have been searching all over the internet and FINALLY came across Lesson Plans that I CAN work with and that I LOVE but I need Months 5 through the end of the school year. I cannot find them in TEACHERSPAYTEACHERS. Please e-mail them to me or let me know where I can download them. They will be put to great use! Thank you in advance!

  13. I found your lesson plans very interesting. i am a VPK teacher in Pasco Florida and I am always trying to second guess what Kindergarten teachers expect from their students. We have the Florida VPK standards that guide us in the various areas of instruction but,, I like to give my children a little edge that will make their learning experience more enjoyable and better prepare them in their future educational life. If you can give me any advice oor ideas that will help my children prepare them self for kindergarten I would definitely incorporate them into my lesson plans. Thanks Carol

    1. Carol,
      Oh, wow, I don’t know where to begin. I also taught Pre-K in a full day format and I remember wondering those same questions. For Math, I would suggest rote counting aloud as often as possible. In the area of Literacy, I encourage you to set aside time each day for your students to view, hold and enjoy looking at books. For Phonics, engage them in songs and rhymes via the internet/Smartboard/cd/cassettes, etc…. In the area of fine motor, give them tons of opportunities to write with pencils, crayons, markers, paintbrushes, etc…. When children arrive to Kindergarten with poor fine motor skills such as writing and cutting, it really puts them at a disadvantage. So, working with them more or referring them for OT therapy early on is nothing to second guess. I am sure these are ideas you have already tried and already do, but hopefully I sparked a few ideas! Happy teaching! -Andrea

  14. Great suggestions for implementing emergent literacy in early childhood education! Would you happen to have monthly Pre k lesson plans like you do for kindergarten?? I would Love to have them

    1. Hi Ms.Roberts,
      I actually do, but not digitally. I believe they are somewhere in my garage…hmmmm….I remember seeing my binders around Christmas time! It would take me forever to scan them or retype them and upload them. They are from 2008 and are for full day. Because of all the time and work involved, I would most likely upload them to TpT, though. -Andrea

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