Thursday, February 19, 2015

Sync, FLIP, Blend -- Part Two

At our Regional Meetings you've shared your interest and challenges with flipping your classroom. To get you started, here is an example of a lesson and supporting resources to flip your lesson using Classworks. 

One reason teachers want to flip lessons is because the essential learning happens for students during the application phase. Using the flipped model means students individually learn the concept and then engage in deeper application with teacher support in the classroom. 


This is a 4th grade math example, but the same idea can be applied with any of our Classworks units. 
  1. Assign Classworks Unit 1438 on comparing and ordering decimals for the students to complete at home. 
  2. Generate the Assignment Results Report to help you differentiate instruction. 
  3. Differentiate: 
      • If the student scored on or above mastery level, assign the Start Your Engines Performance Task to help them with practical application of the concept. 
      • If the student needs extra support, dive deeper using the Classworks Hundreds Grid. Give them time to practice finding and ordering decimals, while you identify and address misconceptions. 

  4. Bring the students together to discuss the Start Your Engines results. 
  5. Assign the Extension Ideas at the bottom of the Performance Task for additional review of the concept. 
When you're ready to get started, remember: 
Get all the resources discussed above here

Friday, February 13, 2015

Educate & Celebrate in February!

Looking for ways to incorporate President’s Day and Black History Month into your lesson plans? Classworks has several cross-curricular Integrated Reading activities you can use. 

Here are a couple of suggestions:

Try this: Have students research the special characteristics of a president using a variety of resources. Have students write a paragraph about that president, or create a book of interesting presidential facts.

George Washington Carver 

Try this: Have students find and make recipes that use peanuts. Or, have them research crop rotation and what is being done in your state to keep the soil healthy, then report on their findings.