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Lesson Plans

First Day

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Alicia Kinane (
Thu, 24 Jun 1999 13:37:15 -0500

This will only be my second year teaching but my speech will be about :
seating (I allow students to sit with friends), posted rules,
consequences, and rewards; Art around the school (my art history
program), what we will do this year. I have a pocket chart that will
list the class and what they should do as they arrive - all important
rules are posted - older classes have journal prompts - younger classes
are asked to think of what animal or their subject for our project.

Procedures will be established while working on projects.I have table
groups for cleaning, getting supplies, I have established bathroom and
sharing times - some of my periods are 1 hour in K-8 building.
My popsicle sticks, class info with grades and seating and posted
information is colored coded. K-2 is yellow, 3-4 is red, 5-6 is blue and
7-8 is white. So you only need to worry about your colors project,
cleanup and rules. It is a lot of organization but there is little
wasted time and a lot gets done.

My project for the first day is taking each students picture using the
digital camera. We will pick 5 names from popsicle sticks (I make a set
with each class list) Those five students will lay on the floor on craft
paper and we will outline them. Then about 7 students will pick a body
part to put their picture - name, grade, one thing they want to learn
about art - one will be the head, 2 for arms and legs,1 torso, etc. We
will share our people with each other. This will take two class periods
at the most. The teachers will also participate - I will have them do
the same project before school. These will decorate the cafeteria walls.

I have done this getting to know you project with several classes. It
is a good way to work in groups and build community in the classroom.
Polaroid pictures can work also.

Sorry for such a long reply.

Alicia Higgins-Kinane
Puffer School
Downers Grove IL

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