Lesson Plan Guide

We were recently challenged by our administration to make sure were fully engaging our students during every part of our lesson. I often find myself just stating the objective at the beginning of my lesson and calling it my "hook." Come on...I know you've all done it. I must say, I've done it way more often than I'd like to admit, but it got me really wanting to set the bar higher for myself and my students.

However, when I began to sit down and plan these engaging hooks and lessons activities, I was having a hard time coming up with ideas. I would scour through Pinterest or through old plans to find the perfect way to begin or end my lesson for the most engaging activity to teach my students the concept they needed to know. It was taking me FOREVER to get through my planning. Don't get me wrong...I LOVE me some planning, but I have a kid, I have a husband, a life...and I don't want to spend my whole afternoon or my kid's naptime doing my plans. I have Netflix to watch! There had to be another solution!

I decided that I would create a guide full of hooks, teaching strategies, lesson closures, and websites teachers could pull from while they are planning so they don't have to try so hard to make their lessons engaging.

Yes, there are things similar out there, but I wanted this guide to be the BEST, the BIGGEST, the most COMPREHENSIVE list there is out there. Teachers deserve the best! I scoured the internet to find every hook, strategy, and closure I could find to add to my guide. There may still be some great ideas out there and this guide can still be a growing document.

I would love to give a copy away! Please comment with 1) your email and 2) what your favorite hook, teaching strategy, or lesson closure is.

I will choose a winner by Friday!

You can also purchase a copy in my TPT shop! Just click my blog button below and it will take you directly to the link to purchase.




SC Social Studies Study Guides

I have wanted many times to get on here and post pictures of my new classroom at my new school, but...it seems like I can NEVER find the time and am never quite satisfied with my pictures. Call me a perfectionist.

Anyway, I've been wanting for some time to put together some study guides for each subject for the entire year and I thought, Why not start with Social Studies?!

There are 8 total study guides covering all of the 3rd grade social studies standards for the year.

I broke them into the following units:

* Places and Regions in South Carolina
* Native Americans and Explorers
* Settlement
* American Revolution
* Government
* Civil War Part I
* Civil War Part II
* South Carolina in the 20th Century



You can purchase a set in my shop by clicking my blog button below.


If you are a South Carolina 3rd grade teacher and you would like to win yourself a copy, please comment below with which social studies unit you think is my favorite to teach! Whoever is the first to chime in with the correct answer will win themselves a copy!