ESST 310 Community Supports Unit Plan

We were asked to create a Unit plan for our ESST class based on a topic of choice. I chose to create a unit on Grade Three Community Supports. Feel free to take a look at this unit. I plan to continue to develop this unit as time continues, but for now, here is my Unit Plan.

Community Supports Unit Plan – Grade Three

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Resources From Classmates

In the Fall 2015 semester, section 30 of the Elementary Education program at the U of R as worked hard to create multiple resources and unit plans for different disciplines and grades. I wanted to collect them on a post for my blog, so that I can look back at them and use them in my future teaching. Thank you to all classmates who created these resources!  I plan to continue to add resources to this list as I continue in the semester and year.

EMTH 310 Themed Tasks

Grade 1

Grouping, Patterns and Sorting Dinosaurs

Snowflakes Theme Task 1    Snowflakes Theme Task 2   Snow Flakes Theme Task 3

Buttons Themed Task 1    Buttons Themed Task 2    Buttons Themed Task 3

Seasons Themed Task 1    Seasons Themed Task 2    Seasons Themed Task 3


Grade 2

2D & 3D Shapes Version 1:    Themed Task 1    Themed Task 2

2D & 3D Shapes Version 2:    Themed Task 1    Themed Task 2   Themed Task 3 

Grade 3
Number Outcomes: Themed Task 1    Themed Task 2   Themed Task 3 

Grade 4

Mirrors and Reflection Themed Tasks 1-3

Grocery Games Theme:   Task 1    Task 2

Grade 5

Perimeter and Area Themed Tasks 1-3

Building a Town Theme

Lesson as Planned: Teaching Physical Education

In our EPE class, we were asked to take all of the knowledge that we have acquired over the semester and use it to create a lesson plan for a physical education class. I really enjoyed making this lesson plan because I gained a large quantity of new knowledge about teaching physical education over the semester and I was excited to demonstrate my learning. The lesson that I created was for a grade four physical education class. I hope that you find it interesting and very different from a standard physical education class.

Skipping and Rhythmic Movements

Please feel free to comment with different ideas and  modifications! Until next time, thank you for reading my blog!

Understanding Outcomes Presentations

Our first evaluation in ESST was focused around a presentation that helped us understand a certain outcome. I wanted to make sure that for future reference that I have all of my classmates presentation topics and ideas to help me when I am developing lessons. The purpose of the blog post is not to dive into the different topics that were explored but instead to have a reference for future to use these ideas. Please feel free to click on any of the links below and explore the different topics that my classmates created small activities on.

Grade Outcomes Link to Handouts
2 DR2.3
3 DR3.1 Teaching the Outcome – Resource Package
3 DR3.1 Miss Kohuch’s Blog – Understanding Outcomes Presentation
3 DR3.1 Miss Duarte’s Guide to Learning – Understanding Outcomes Presentation
1 PA1.1 & PA2.2 Grade One Power and Authority
1 DR1.3 Grade One Dynamic Relationships
3 IN3.3 Grade Three: Interactions and Interdependence of Nations
K DRK.1, DRK.2, DRK.3 Kindergarten Dynamic Relationships Outcomes
2 PA2.1 Grade Two Power and Authority
K INK.1 Kindergarten Interaction and Interdependence Outcome
2 IN2.1


Our section evaluation piece was based on the creation of a creative set that would connect to the unit that you would be starting but also would present the information in such a way that would engage the students. These sets included:

  • Scavenger Hunts
  • Songs
  • Dances
  • Small Activities
  • Multimedia
  • Skits
  • Introduction to Unit Routine

Creative sets are a very important part of lesson planning because you need to grab your students interest in a topic before you start teaching the material. This will ensure that they are paying attention, actively engaging and ultimately creating meaning making. In my ECS 3o1 class, we were asked to come up with as many creative sets as we could. Some ideas that came up included:

Creative Sets could be about: Voice, Actions, Interest, Intrigue and Wonder. The set should relate to the end of the lesson. What is it that I want them to know at the end of this lesson.


Topic Set Ideas
  • Make a sundial with class outside
  • Make a large clock on the floor for a phys. ed game.
  • World Clocks
  • Big Comfy Couch (Learn about Clocks with Molly)
  • Show clock segment from “Hook”
  • Exploration box
  • Make your room into the habitat that you are learning about.
  • Building miniature habitats
  • class pet (fish – one time show)
  • nature walk
  • Animal planet interactive habitat CD (mid 2000’s)
  • Poetry Scavenger Hunt
  • Drama-Read poem and then act it out
  • Children making slam poems rap
  • Music
  • Role Playing
  • Tooth Paste Activity
    • Two students, raced to empty a toothpaste, try to put back in relate to our words
  • Puppet Show
  • Video
  • Feeling Circles

Until next time, thank you for reading my blog!

Grade Five Weather Unit Plan

For our ESCI 310 class, we were asked to create a unit on a particular topic as per random selection. I had the opportunity to develop a Grade Five Science Unit on Weather. This was an interesting opportunity as this was the first time that I had ever made a unit before. I think that overall, I am impressed with my finished product and I know that the next unit that I have to make will be stronger and more put together. Until then, please check out the link below for my unit plan as well as my additional resource package for the included outcomes and indicators.

Weather Unit Presentation/Outline

Grade Five Weather Unit

Grade Five Weather Unit Resource Package


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My Eardrums Are Vibrating: An Introduction to Human Hearing

This lesson was created as an introduction to how human ears pick up sound. This lesson is content heavy and requires strong classroom management skills to ensure that students stay on task. The explanation of how vibration travels into the ear and is translated into electronic pulses that our brains can understand is an essential part of this lesson and therefore follow up questions and asking for student confirmation of learning is important. A great resource that can be used to help explain the ear is from the amplifon website. This allows students to see a visual representation of the translation of vibration to electronic signals. This was my last lesson for my one-visit-per-week pre-internship.

Introduction to Human Hearing Lesson

Please comment with any  ideas for modifying or adapting this lesson. I love to hear your feedback.

Until next time, thank you for reading my blog!


Rocks, Fossils and More! (Jeopardy Game)

This lesson revolves around helping students understand how paleontologists and geologists decide how old a fossil is. This is a complex topic and so relative fossil dating and absolute fossil dating were topics in this lesson that are broken down and compared so students can understand them. This lesson also introduces the geological time scale. The content heavy set is complimented with a interactive modified jeopardy game. This game was used as a way to have to students practice the new information that they just learnt about fossil dating and the geological time scale as well as have them recall information from earlier on in my mini unit. This was the fourth lesson in my mini unit on rocks and minerals.

Fossil Rocks and More Game

I encourage you to take a look at this lesson plan and comment any alterations, modification or different ideas that you have about this topic. I am always open to suggestions!

Until next time, thank you for reading my blog!