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The teacher is discussing with colleagues on how to plan an intentional lesson as stated on the teacher standard rubric? As a first year teacher or even a veteran teacher may ponder this question ensuring students are given high-quality education.

After the teacher has determined the study theme for the week this intentional lesson will focus on reading related story (literacy component), view or use multi-media (resource PBS Learning Media) and differentiation of activities that reinforce study theme (related to different domain skill levels). You will be introducing the study theme in three different ways to connect with student’s learning styles. Below is an example on how to plan an intentional lesson.

  1. Study theme is “Weather” for students to gain an understanding of weather changes,
  2. Engage the students in discussion about clouds, rain and weather changes. This will give you student’s knowledge on the study theme to build upon,
  3. Inform the student’s they are going to be “scientist” today (like Sid the Science Kid) and investigate clouds and rain,
  4. Select a book related to “weather” such as “Little Cloud” by Erik Carle, “The Cloud Book” by Tomie dePaola. Read the story and post open-ended questions to enhance the student’s critical thinking skills. And remember you select the book that works best for your student age developmental level,
  5. Select a multimedia resource to view with the students. PBS Learning Media is a great resource if you are unsure what can be shown. You can use “Rain, Rain Don’t Go Away” from Sid the Science Kid or the poem “I Like it When It’s Mizzley” from Between the Lions. Discuss what was shown reinforcing what they know and what they learned or if they had questions of what they wanted to know more about,
  6. Plan different level activities that are related to study theme students can engage in such as create cloud pictures using recyclable materials, create a weather cycle song and perform to class at-large, collect water when it rains (relate to Sid video clip), go on a weather walk and observe in journal when it has just rained and so forth, and
  7. Summarize and/or review with the students what they did today and this assist with assessing their understanding and application skills to activities.

These are ideas to implement as you are planning an intentional lesson that embeds literacy, technology and hands-on activities. Knowledge is powerful and as educators the intentional plan must engage students.

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