Thursday, March 8, 2012

Lesson Plan Reflection

Danielle and I prepared by talking to one another about the rules of the classroom and what the consequences would be, then we discussed who was going to do what but we were still thought on our toes because not everything goes how you plan especially in a first grade classroom. Our lesson is below this post and in my opinion, our objectives were measurable for a first grader and the assessments met with the objectives. Our lesson was a little different than that on the plan because “the students” somewhat started their behavior at once and it threw me for a loop personally, I didn’t expect it all to happen at once but I tried my hardest to adapt to the situation. The most important thing we tried to teach our students was how to be a good friend; the lesson would be better suited for a first or second day of school. In my opinion it could’ve been better but it wasn’t terrible. I learned that a bunch of six year olds or in our case “six year olds” will not act the way you want or expect them to act; you have to explain your rules and stick to them. If I could’ve changed anything about our lesson, I would’ve acting more assertively and made the closure reflect more of the anticipatory set. I could’ve made the lesson more effective by having the students work in groups to keep them more occupied and they’re more likely to display friend-like qualities to one another. Also I would’ve had the students write vocabulary words to assist them in completing their links for the chain. Overall it was a good lesson; this was our first lesson plan for this class and we were also the first pair to peer teach.
Danielle and Nicole
Language Arts Lesson Plan
Topic: Meaning of “friendship”
Grade Level: 1st grade

     Standards: W.1.5. With guidance and support from adults, focus on a topic, respond to questions and suggestions from peers, and add details to strengthen writing as needed.
Students will be able to discuss the characters from the book, “The Rainbow Fish”
Students will be able to connect ideas from the story to their own lives
Students will be able to create a “friendship chain”
“The Rainbow Fish” by Marcus Pfister
Stapler (for teacher use only)
Crayons/Markers (one box per table)
Strips of construction paper (one per student)
Extra construction paper (in case of mistakes)

Anticipatory Set: Students will listen to the song “True Friend” by Hannah Montana ( The class will talk about the song and the meaning behind it. Teacher will explain to the students that they are going to read a book about what it means to be a good friend.
1.      Students will sit on the “reading rug” and teacher will ask the students what they think will happen in the book.
2.      Teacher will read the story, “The Rainbow Fish”
3.      After reading the story, the teacher will ask the students what it means to be a friend. And what words they think describe being a friend.
4.      Teacher will explain to the students that they will be making a “friendship chain”. He/She will ask the class if anyone knows what a “friendship chain” is. He/She will have an example already made to show the students.
5.      Students will be split up into “AREAS” and 3 students at a time will come to the drawing table with the teacher.
6.      Students will be given a strip of construction paper (color of their choice) and crayons/markers.
7.      After the students are done making the chains, teacher will staple the strips of construction paper into a circle, linking all the parts of the chain together.
Closure: As a class, the students will discuss where to display the chains in the classroom.
Formative: Ask students about book during the reading. Have a discussion about the characters and feelings
Summative: Completing the artwork with limited help from teacher.
Accommodations: based on 504 Plans and IEP’s changes will be made.
Example: Nichole has ADHD; she will work with the teacher one-on-one.

Behavior Plan:
-          First warning: teacher will write name on board.
-          Second warning: teacher will put a check next to the name.
-          Third warning: Silent recess.

Reward System:
-          If a student who has their name on the board without a check, excels in behavior their name will be removed and if they have a check, a check will be removed.
-          A student who behaves all day will get a sticker at the end of the day.

Thursday, March 1, 2012

The Rainbow Fish Glog

The Rainbow Fish

Today, I finished my first glog. When I was in elementary school, we didn't use glogs or blogs; no one even knew what that was at that time. It was quite entertaining to complete say the least. I was finished the other day but I had to make sure it was perfect, it made me feel like I was back in elementary school. I was one of those children who had to make sure everything was in order and correct. It also made me reflect on when I read The Rainbow Fish as a first grader. It felt good to feel like a kid again. :)

Our Bulletin Board.

National Anthem Day

by Danielle DePaula & Nicki Fargardo

Friday, February 24, 2012

Glogster - my unfinished glog.

I had a lot of run creating the glog, although I have my work cut out for me for tuesday. I know where I want to go with it, I just couldnt figure out where to start. I love colors and animation so I had loads of fun trying to create a glog. I look forward to the finished product on tuesday. 

Day 2

Tuesday we worked on our blogs and completed a wordle. After watching the video about glogster, I'm excited to create one and try it. I'm like a kid with a new toy, I will continue to play with it until I get a new toy to take my mind off of the old one. I googled an image of glogster so I could see what it looked like but after seeing the image below, I don't know how to feel about it; it seems a bit overwhelming.

Tuesday, February 21, 2012


I thought this blog and wordle thing would be difficult when in all actuality, it wasnt that bad. Danielle and I created our wordle and were quite successful, our wordles actually resembled fish. To be honest, I had fun working on the blog today. Like I said, I never wrote a blog before this class and I actually think I might start blogging. It's an outlet that others can comment on, how sick is thatt ?


Wordle: The Rainbow Fish