Which, logically speaking, means I should take the amount of stuff I plan for in a week and cut that in half.
But I LOVE lesson planning and I don't want to do less stuff and, to be honest, lots of times I don't think that we get as much done as we should. So I'm going to put this out there to the Universe (i.e. the Internet) and I would love some honest feedback.
Becca and I just got back from the grocery store with an absolutely gorgeous big blooming hydrangea plant and we now are all set for this week in school. At first I was happy but then this idea of "do I try to fit too much in a day?" keeps niggling at me in the back of my mind.
So I went from being happy and excited about the week to being discouraged and thinking that maybe I'm not setting myself up for success.
So with all of that introduction, here is what my plan book says for the week:
morning verse from Pinterest, Article of the Day, Quotes for Kindness - 5 Writing Prompts from TpT, Writing a Summary Lesson from TpT with Marcel Dicke: Why Not Eat Insects? as the TED talk
Valentine Chemistry: Acid/Base Flower pH Science Demonstration from TpT (thus the hydrangeas), begin to weave limestone cave tapestry, make valentines, read 2017 Caldecott Honor book Leave Me Alone! (I love it when new books come out that feature knitting), start new knitting and crochet projects, make a recipe (I think we will reprise the quite lovely Almond Gelatin with Mandarin Oranges)
form drawing braided hearts from Pinterest, Structured Word Inquiry, watercolor painting, clay landforms & water features (when we get to glaciation and the topographical map of Illinois), and I really want to look at the drawing lessons from Jan Brett's website and pick one
Head - Geology
add the Mosul Dam to MLB (she just finished a beautiful stalacticte and stalagmite page), chapters 9 - 13 of Kovacs book (including coal, the water cycle, wind, and glaciers), add a discusison of the three types of rock and make Almond Flour Shortbread Cookies for our edible metamorphic rock lesson from Pinterest. I also love the idea of more Geology field trips, adding a topographical map of Illinois as the final page in our MLB, and writing a poem for multiple voices for the water cycle (maybe three drops... one frozen, one liquid, one steam?)
Head - Astronomy
add phases of the moon to MLB, make phases of the moon with oreo cookies and eat them, do a demonstration of why there are craters on the moon using our bin of kinetic sand and a rock (a simple and fun idea from Pinterest), finishing up what Kovacs has to say about the tides and other lunar influences as well as Easter and then jumping over to Stories of the Great Scientists at The Baldwin Project (www.mainlesson.com) and hearing chapters 2, 3, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, and 10 (Pythagoras, Ptolemy, Copernicus, Brahe, Kepler, Galileo), and ending with preparing and presenting his heavenly body reports
(I should clarify that I am teaching two 12 year olds and they like to do two separate, but related, MLBs. So I don't have one child slogging through BOTH Geology and Astronomy!)
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