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1 Name: Quick Lesson Ideas By: STEVAN KRAJNJAN ISBN Stevan Krajnjan LESSON 8 TIMESAVING LESSONS Practical lessons and amusing illustrations make this book an ideal year-round, timeless timesaver. Add to the unit pages or keep them as they are as you decide what will work the best for your own classroom needs. 8 Teaching lessons: A Bit About Me (day one) Time Capsule (first week) Mystery Visitor (Language/ Social Science) Friendship (Guidance/ Social Science) Europe (Geography) Create a Fabulous Product (Language) Situational Drama (Drama unit) Capitalization and Paragraph Writing (Grammar) Author: Stevan Krajnjan Illustrator: Stevan Krajnjan

2 LESSON Edited by: Stevan Krajnjan Thank you for purchasing one of the finest, most practical, and visually appealing teacher resource materials available. This book is designed to meet the needs of today s busy and active teacher. Enjoy the following exciting features: VISUALLY APPEALING DESIGN AND ILLUSTRATIONS EASY-TO-READ AND UNDERSTAND FORMAT RELEVANT, FRESH, USEFUL AND PRACTICAL IDEAS REPRODUCIBLE TIME SAVING WORKSHEETS FOR YOUR PROGRAM READY-TO-USE WORKSHEETS SAVES VALUABLE TIME! Copyright Stevan Krajnjan. All rights reserved. Copyright All rights reserved. No part of this e-book may be reproduced, stored in a retrieval system or transmitted in any form or by any means electronic, mechanical, photocopying, recording, or otherwise without express written permission of Stevan Krajnjan. The material in this electronic publication can be stored only on one computer at one time and is intended for use by the purchaser and one s class (or classes) for which one is responsible. You may not forward, copy, or transfer this publication or part thereof, whether in electronic or in printed format, to another person or entity except for instructional purposes for the class(es) for which the purchaser is responsible. Disclaimer No responsibility is assumed by the authors/publishers for any injury/and or damage and/or loss sustained to persons or property as a matter of the use of this product s liability, negligence, or from any use of operation of any products, methods, instructions or ideas contained in the material herein. Acknowledgement: This book has been created using Microsoft Publisher 2002 and its publication features. For additional timesaving teacher resources please contact:

3 Name: Quick Lesson Ideas By: STEVAN KRAJNJAN LESSON 8 TIMESAVING LESSONS Author: Stevan Krajnjan Illustrator: Stevan Krajnjan TEACHER: ROOM: - -

4 BINDER SPINE LABELS QUICK LESSON IDEAS

5 Table of Contents i Introduction.. ii Time Capsule A Bit About Me... Mystery Visitor.. Friendship... Europe... Create a fabulous Product... Situational Drama... i

6 This book provides busy teachers with easy-to-use, printable lessons that can be used in the 4-8classroom quickly, and without additional planning. The 8 lessons were designed to be short and practical as many teachers, if they had a choice, would likely prefer spending their busy days (and nights) teaching, marking and preparing for classes. HOW TO USE THE BOOK: 1. Print the pages that you plan on handing out to your students. 2. To save paper, it is recommended that you create an overhead sheet that can be used to explain each lesson to your students. Some schools have more advanced technological classroom tools such as computer projectors, which enable teachers to teach directly from the images of individual book pages. When deciding which worksheets to hand out, instead of photocopying every page, you may want to photocopy only those you choose and then instruct the students how to organize and setup the rest in their notebooks.. 3. Use the included evaluation sheets to evaluate student work, or develop your own that best fits your particular evaluations policies and the curriculum. 4. Placing all photocopied and given handouts in individual file folders may be a strategy that will help all students remain well organized. It will also make it easier to collect their work for marking. 5. Have fun! ii

7 This activity needs to be initiated within the first week of a school year. Your students need to be told that all drawn and written work to follow will be kept permanently sealed for an agreed length of time. When the capsule is opened will depend on the length of time a class will spend together. Some classes are together for only one year, but there are others that may remain as a class for several years. If, for example, you are teaching a grade five class for a full year, the official capsule opening day should take place within the last week of school. Incorporate this event into your language arts program. WHAT SHOULD GO INSIDE? Items that will be a surprise and fun for students to see again after being put away for extended period of time while attitudes, interests, friends, habits, maturity, and even physical appearances change. It is up to the teacher do decide what their students should be placing inside the Time Capsule (several ideas have been provided) but it is strongly recommended that you instruct your students to brainstorm additional ideas, make a list of their own (this is always popular and fun) and then present it to others in class. Write all generated ideas on the blackboard and then narrow down the list to a small list of favorites. In addition to the provided sheets and writing activities, consider including the following: student and family photographs, newspaper or a magazine, digital photos of friends sentimental objects, taped/recorded messages and voices, etc., items that document a day, period, era, a particular time with its unique characteristics 1

8 Name: If you could wave a magic wand and instantly have all of your wishes answered a) What would your very first wish be? b) If you could, of course, be number one in the world at anything. What would that be? c) What things at home, at school, within your area, or the world, would you change and why? Explain. 5

9 Use this form to evaluate a selected piece of student writing. Name: LEVEL CATEGORY CONTENT clear main idea? stays on topic? interesting, original, thoughtful content? supporting detail? does writing make sense? ORGANIZATION effective introduction and conclusion? evidence of plan, and sequencing? linking words paragraphs CONVENTIONS spelling punctuation grammar errors interfere with understanding? revision and corrections needed? VOICE text captures reader s attention? is text sincere and convincing? does the reader get emotionally involved? USE OF LANGUAGE chosen words descriptive, imaginative, effective? variety of words literary devices Final Mark Comment:! Name: LEVEL CATEGORY CONTENT clear main idea? stays on topic? interesting, original, thoughtful content? supporting detail? does writing make sense? ORGANIZATION effective introduction and conclusion? evidence of plan, and sequencing? linking words paragraphs CONVENTIONS spelling punctuation grammar errors interfere with understanding? revision and corrections needed? VOICE text captures reader s attention? is text sincere and convincing? does the reader get emotionally involved? USE OF LANGUAGE chosen words descriptive, imaginative, effective? variety of words literary devices Final Mark Comment: 17

10 Use this rubric to evaluate the One Minute Speech presentation. Using a felt-tip marker to color or dab inside boxes that best reflect student achievement for this presentation. Name: Topic: CATEGORY Level 1 Level 2 Level 3 Level 4 Preparation No evidence of any kind of preparation. Planning sheet not used. Some evidence of preparation. Planning sheet not used effectively. Adequate preparation was shown, planning sheet used Thorough preparation was shown, planning sheet used Content Presented material does not related to the topic Some presented material is related to the topic Most presented material is related to the topic All material is related to the topic with unique insight Language Presentation language is unclear and hard to understand. Some of the used language is unclear and hard to understand Most language used is clear, easy to follow and understand Language is used creatively, words varied and easy to follow Organization Disorganized, lacks preparation Somewhat organized and prepared Well organized and prepared Very well organized and prepared, logical, interesting, and lively Delivery, Voice Words are unclear, difficult to understand, delivered too fast or too slow. Voice is soft, words are difficult to follow and understand, delivery speed somewhat adequate Voice is clear, words are easy to understand, delivery speed good Voice clarity, quality, pitch, strength and word speed are excellent Audience Audience not interested or involved, inattentive Audience was somewhat interested, involved and attentive Audience was interested, involved and attentive Audience was clearly Interested, attentive and involved Final Mark Comment: 18

11 Dear Teacher, If you like what you have seen in this sample, I invite you to also come and see other helpful resources at For your convenience, I have added direct links to each of the books below. Do come for a visit I would very much appreciate that! Several of the books are interactive which means that you can actually TYPE the information directly onto the forms and SAVE your work, but to do this you need to have Adobe Acrobat installed on your computer (older versions are ok). The Teacher s Binder: World s largest collection of often used classroom forms. Non-interactive version: Interactive version: Report Card and IEP Comments: 1830 ready-to-use comments, logically organized for ease of use. Direct link: Quick Writing Ideas: Motivate students to begin writing by giving them 1000 writing ideas and prompts! Direct link: (language forms included) Substitute Teacher Instructions Kit: Organize substitute teacher instructions effectively and thoroughly! None-Interactive: Interactive version: The Essay Writing Kit: Helps make common essay planning and writing tasks simpler and far less frustrating for students. Printable: Interactive: Spelling Activities for Spelling Lists: printable, visually attractive spelling activities, ready for use. Direct link, click here: Classroom Awards, Certificates and Passes: Printable: Interactive: Math Timesavers: collection of difficult-to-find, often-used forms, masters and reproducible sheets for a K-8 class. Direct link: Just Multiply It: Teach your students the multiplication facts in a fun, quick, organized, and visually appealing way! Direct link: Just Teach It: Fun end-of-the-year language unit - students research, prepare and teach classmates - very popular. Direct Link:

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