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# Lesson plans + Curriculum creations

I noticed some people saying that they create their own curriculum. I am curious what exactly that entails.

Also, I am curious to see examples of people's lesson plans, if anyone minds sharing.

"live in the sunshine, swim the sea, drink the wild air..." Emerson

by on Apr. 25, 2013 at 12:57 AM
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by Group Admin on Apr. 25, 2013 at 3:45 PM
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I have no idea how to put it on here, but I make most of my own worksheets.

I have recently created a mat for working with money.  They convert all the money to pennies, dimes, dollars and tens; then use the mat to put the decimal in the correct place.  It also helps them understand how fractions, decimals, and coins connect.

I made a worksheet to use dominoes to make addition/subtraction fact families.

I made a "book worm" that uses each caterpillar section to create a book report.  putting the characters, setting, genre, and major plot points in each section.  Then they can color and cut out the caterpillar and put it on the book garden bulletin board.  There is also a flower one for the youngest.  He draws pictures of each character on the flower petals and his favorite part of the book in the center.

by on Apr. 25, 2013 at 4:20 PM

This was a great question... what fun and helpful answers!

by on Apr. 25, 2013 at 5:24 PM

i create unit studies in the summer time that the kids want to learn about, they include all the subjects, and everyone does them together during the school months

i gather all the books, worksheets, pictures, movies, videos, dvds, tapes, sites, field trips, fun stuff, etc that i can find on the subject they want to learn about or something i choose, (science and history ) and make up worksheets, games, set up field trips, check out the books, figure out the arts and crafts, figure out how all the school subjects can be involved, make it for all the ages3-15,  and then make lesson plans for the coming school year in sept.

for the youjnger kids i make up phonics stuff, little booklets for them to read, math stuff using manipulatives, phonics games, copybook sheets

by on Apr. 25, 2013 at 7:47 PM

Could you share the mat for working with money?  Or a picture of it?  My DD is in 4th grade and still struggles with money concepts, and basically every other math concept (thank you very much Everyday Math program and public school).  Math is a huge reason I want to pull her from ps, we spend too much time after school going over math concepts.

And the book garden bulletin board...is this just a bulletin board in your school area that they add to with books they've read?

Quoting bluerooffarm:

I have no idea how to put it on here, but I make most of my own worksheets.

I have recently created a mat for working with money.  They convert all the money to pennies, dimes, dollars and tens; then use the mat to put the decimal in the correct place.  It also helps them understand how fractions, decimals, and coins connect.

I made a worksheet to use dominoes to make addition/subtraction fact families.

I made a "book worm" that uses each caterpillar section to create a book report.  putting the characters, setting, genre, and major plot points in each section.  Then they can color and cut out the caterpillar and put it on the book garden bulletin board.  There is also a flower one for the youngest.  He draws pictures of each character on the flower petals and his favorite part of the book in the center.

by Group Admin on Apr. 25, 2013 at 8:41 PM
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So I make them convert all their change into dimes and pennies.  Only 9 pennies can "sleep" in the fr right tube, only 9 dimes can "sleep" in the dimes tube, etc.  So it makes it easier for them to see where each number goes.  The Decimal goes where the black diamond is.

Quoting TJandKarasMom:

Could you share the mat for working with money?  Or a picture of it?  My DD is in 4th grade and still struggles with money concepts, and basically every other math concept (thank you very much Everyday Math program and public school).  Math is a huge reason I want to pull her from ps, we spend too much time after school going over math concepts.

And the book garden bulletin board...is this just a bulletin board in your school area that they add to with books they've read?

Quoting bluerooffarm:

I have no idea how to put it on here, but I make most of my own worksheets.

I have recently created a mat for working with money.  They convert all the money to pennies, dimes, dollars and tens; then use the mat to put the decimal in the correct place.  It also helps them understand how fractions, decimals, and coins connect.

I made a worksheet to use dominoes to make addition/subtraction fact families.

I made a "book worm" that uses each caterpillar section to create a book report.  putting the characters, setting, genre, and major plot points in each section.  Then they can color and cut out the caterpillar and put it on the book garden bulletin board.  There is also a flower one for the youngest.  He draws pictures of each character on the flower petals and his favorite part of the book in the center.

by on Apr. 25, 2013 at 8:45 PM

You can read how I do it -

http://kickbuttcrazylapbooks.blogspot.com/search?q=Designing+curriculum

by on Apr. 25, 2013 at 8:47 PM

I've done it both ways - where I just make a plan of what we'll learn and what resources we will use. And where I've designed the lapbooks, notebooks, worksheets, etc. I've made my own Manipulatives (cuz I'm cheap?), etc.

Quoting celticdragon77:

Thank you. That helps. I thought this was what was meant. That or just finding whatever textbooks, workbooks, books, activities, worksheets, etc they could find that met their approval. But then I wondered if they meant that they were actually "creating" their own curriculum. I saw a blog where a lady seemed to be creating the educational materials her children used. She had publisher on her computer and enjoyed creating interactive maps, worksheets, reading materials, etc.

Quoting Rust.n.Gears:

Well we create our curriculums by getting books on subjects we are studying and learning from them. It is really that easy.

Right now we are studying whales. So we went to the library and got books on whales, then found videos on Netflix to watch, and got an activity box from the library on whales, and then went to the aquarium to learn even more. That was our curriculum for that subject.

When we learned about recycling we did the same thing. We got books and movies and did projects and found ways to change how we lived to better our environment. We went to a water treatment plant to learn how sewage is recycled. We made charts and set up a stand in the grocery store to help sell reuseable shopping bags and ask people to recycle their bags they had at home.

Our cooking curriculum is even easier. We make dinner. I started teaching the class when Z was 12 years old. We watching cooking show, found recipes, bought new things, went to a butcher shop to learn how to break down meats, went to the fish monger to learn how to filet fish, visited farms, did classes on how much food costs at each store, etc. Now she is 18 years old and going to the Culinary Institute of America in the fall. It can be really amazing.

by on Apr. 25, 2013 at 9:04 PM

You all are awesome! Thank you for so many great ideas and info!!!

Live in the sunshine, swim the sea, drink the wild air... - Emerson

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