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For students of any grade.

Lesson Plan Activity
                              
This week you will conduct your first lesson with children. You will prepare an activity appropriate for the age group you are working with. You may choose from any of the three types of activities that you have observed over the last few Weeks, You may do an art, music or a sensory activity. To complete this assignment you will write out the lesson plan based on the format provided. Enlist the help of your supervising teacher at your practicum site or research ideas on your own. Obtain permission/approval from the teacher prior to presenting the art activity to the children. Send me your lesson plan as an attachment through this system, making sure to keep a copy for yourself. Have your supervising teacher write up an evaluation. You should type in the teacher's evaluation, retaining the original handwritten evaluation for your portfolio.
Please note:
In accordance with the Green River Community College's policies you will need to keep the following criteria in mind when planning your activity:

- All lesson plans should be developmentally, culturally, and individually appropriate for the children. 

- Lesson plan themes should be related to the children's interests and developmental level. Please do not use dittos or holiday when doing your planning.

- Projects need to be open ended and not product oriented. Children need to have the opportunity to be creative in the learning experience.

- Lessons should be planned so that they can be used in a variety of environments. Avoid the use of religious activities or stories. Although this may be appropriate in some settings, for this class we will focus on creating activities that can be use in any preschool environment.

- Please avoid the use of food in preparing art or sensory projects. Using food in these instances may not be considered culturally or individually appropriate for children.

- Take photos of the lesson. If you are not able to take pictures of the children doing the project, then take a photo of the presentation materials and set up. Include examples of the project when you can. These will be place in your portfolio to enhance the overall presentation.

Below you will find the format to use when planning any of the lessons. Please contact me early in the week if you have any questions.

Assessment - 10 points

Students will be assessed using the following criteria:

- Written Communication = 3 points/ lesson plan is developed in the proper format - free of errors and easy to understand

- Critical Thinking = 2 points/lesson plan demonstrates an understanding of the ages and stages of children's development and enhances the children's overall learning experience.

- Aesthetic Awareness = 2 points/ lesson plan has been thoughtfully presented with a detailed plan in place on the presentation of materials and information to children.

- Valuing Diversity = 2 points/ lesson is open ended and allows for alternate ways of solving problems or meeting expectations


- Responsibility = 1 point/Lesson plan has been presented to children and observed by site supervisor. Supervisor's comments have been included and lesson plan is dated and signed. (please include supervisor's comments. The signature will be checked when final portfolio is presented)



Format For
Individual Lesson Plan


Type of Lesson:

Name of Lesson:

Age of Children:

Time Needed:

Source Cited: (Use APA format)

EALR Objective:

Objective or Purpose: (Additional Skills and purpose of lesson)

Materials Needed: (Create a complete list with amounts needed for the number of children you will be working with)

Instructions: (Detailed instructions including how to introduce the project and transition the children to its conclusion - Remember every lesson needs a beginning, a middle and an end.)

Comments/Results: (This is the area that you will reflect on how the lesson went. Add comments or suggestions on what you might do to extend this learning experience. Note if you were able to meet your EALR objectives and the skills you were hoping the children would achieve.)

Evaluation From Supervisor: (Your site supervisor will observe you and provide feedback in this area. Please make sure that she/he has a copy of the lesson prior to your presentation. The supervisor must date and sign the lesson plan after the observation is completed.)



SAMPLE
Art Lesson Plan

TYPE OF LESSON: Art
NAME OF LESSON: Contact Paper Collage 
AGE GROUP- Ages 2 up 				TIME NEED: 10 to 15 minutes

SOURCE CITED:  
Pertpetual Preschool. (1999). Contact paper college. Retrieved April 2, 2002 from     
     http://www.perpetualpreschool.com/ 
EALR Objectives: Art 1.2 Develops arts skills and techniques, Uses art tools and materials safely and appropriately Art 2.2 Engages actively and purposefully. Analyzes how the elements are arranged and organized  
OBJECTIVE/PURPOSE
Develops sensory skills for the very young child as he/she experiences "sticky" and other textures of the materials.  Develops small motor skills and eye-hand coordination.  Promotes decision-making skills.  Older children will be able to create and appreciate "design."  Patterning, classification, visual discrimination, sorting, measuring and estimating various sizes of the materials are possibilities.  

MATERIALS NEEDED
Clear contact paper, cut in 5x7 or 8x10 pieces
Assorted collage materials (tissue paper, feathers, sequins, construction paper, fabric, etc.)

PROCEDURE/INSTRUCTION
Preparation: Prepare collage materials and place attractively in several different baskets. Set out materials along with clear contact paper cut into 12 X12 pieces. Remove backing on contact paper and place on art table sticky side up.  Invite children to participate in the activity. 
Participation: Encourage children to stick items onto the clear contact to make a design.  Facilitate children talking about the different materials, colors and textures that they are using. Use open ended questions to stimulate the child's imagination and critical thinking. 
Closure: If desired, place another piece of clear contact paper onto the finished product or back it with a piece of construction paper.  Ask child if they would like you to put their name on the project.
Note: For very young children, you will need to model the activity or hand them items to stick onto the contact paper.  This is an easy project that requires very little in the way of instruction, supervision, or cleanup.  Time varies from just a few minutes to much longer depending on the age and interest of the child.

COMMENTS/RESULTS   (This is where you write the evaluation of the activity; including the outcome of the EALRs and other objectives)

EVALUATION/RESULTS
(You have your supervisor comment on how the lesson went. Make sure that the supervisor signs your lesson plan evaluation.)