Magic Tree House Unit!

I finally submitted my unit plan for Dinosaurs before Dark by Mary Pope Osborne! It was the most exciting moment of my semester. I don’t think that it’s my best work, but I will definitely tweak it before I actually use it. 🙂 Here it is! Ta-da! 🙂

Dinosaurs Before Dark Unit Plan

If anyone actually takes a look at this, I really hope they like it. Feel free to give me some feedback on anything that you think I could improve on. I’m always open to some constructive criticism, as every teacher should be!

– Miss E

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The 18 Best 90s Pop Songs You Forgot Existed

This has nothing to do with teaching, but I just had a nostalgic moment. 🙂

Thought Catalog

Nine times out of ten, 90s throwback playlists tend to turn into more “Backstreet Boys/Britney Spears/Spice Girls Appreciation Hour” than anything else. And while I love me some “…Baby One More Time”, there’s way more to 90s bubblegum pop than “I Want It That Way”. Ergo, I give you the ultimate 90s guilty pleasure playlist: chock full of your favorite songs… that you completely forgot existed.

1. Girl on TV – LFO

If nothing else, the Lyte Funky Ones (less awkwardly known as “LFO”) are proof that songs can make absolutely zero sense and still be completely awesome. Because really, people don’t sing about the color purple, macaroni and cheese or Scooby Snacks often enough.

2. S Club Party – S Club 7

Seriously, the only way to start a party. But actually.

3. Crush – Jennifer Page

My personal favorite song from the Sabrina Goes to Rome soundtrack (yeah…that was…

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Dinosaurs Before Dark

I am so excited! Today, I began writing a unit on the book Dinosaurs Before Dark by Mary Pope Osborne. Osborne’s Magic Tree House series is my favorite book series for kiddos, which means that I am more than excited to be writing this unit. I probably won’t get to teach it in my student teaching experience, but I will definitely keep it and use it someday. I will also post it once it is finished, but for now, I’ll just give a little background information about it! 

It’s a 5-day literacy unit for 2nd grade. I haven’t thought of an introductory or culminating activity just yet, but I’m trying to come up with something super fun! 🙂 I also haven’t finished finding all of the lovely common core standards that I’ll use. So far I have CC.1.5.2.B, CC.1.2.2.F, and CC.1.2.2.K. I got these from http://pdesas.org/Standard/Views.

Lesson 1 is a vocabulary lesson on chapter 2 of the book. In the lesson I use an anchor chart on which the kiddos write the word, draw a picture of the word, and come up with a sentence using the word. I found this idea at http://www.pinterest.com/pin/557390891351196792/

Lesson 2 is a comprehension lesson on chapters 3 and 4. I have the kiddos complete a KWL chart and draw a picture of a dinosaur using characteristics given in the chapters. This is a KWL chart: http://www.eduplace.com/graphicorganizer/pdf/kwl.pdf. (This website has a bunch of free printable graphic organizers and such!)

Those are the only lessons I have completed so far. Lesson 3 will be another comprehension lesson using visual aids, artifacts, and graphic organizers. Lesson 4 will be a reader response activity using drama, art, or music. Lesson 5 will be a reading-writing connection activity.

There you have it! I will post updates as I go. 🙂

-Miss E 🙂  

That awkward first post

Hello all!

I’ve been dabbling with the idea of creating a blog as I finish my undergraduate studies and enter into teaching. Right now, I am in a pre-student teaching experience, teaching a second grade class. I plan on blogging about the experiences that I have throughout the rest of my time student teaching and sharing resources I find or use in my lessons. My first goals for this blog are to actually keep up with it and for someone to actually read what I post! 🙂 I hope that someday my posts will help out another pre-service teacher because trust me, I know we all need all the help and resources we can take in.

-Miss E