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About the Teacher

Hello, my name is Derrick Stewart. I am a graduate of Tennessee Tech University with a degreee in Elementary Education as well as a Masters in Curriculum and Instruction. I am entering my 7th year of teaching. I will be teaching 5th grade Science and Social Studies this year at Midtown Elementary. I look forward to the 2017-2018 school year.
 

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11/6-11/10 Lesson Plans

Monday:
Animal Variations
Discuss how animal adaptations have varied through time
Create a diagram that list a variety of animals and their variations
Assessment: Thumbs up, questioning diagram
 
Tuesday: Invention Convention
 
Wednesday: Ch. 2 Test Review
 
Thursday: Ch. 2 Test
 
Friday: Social Studies Ch. 7 A New Role for America
Ch. 7 L. 1 The Nation Expands
Read and discuss the additions of Alaska and Hawaii as states.
Also explain the need for the Panama Canal
Complete Vocabulary and L. 1 Review 1-7

Lesson Plans 10/30-11/3

Monday:  Ch. 2 L. 2 Traits and Heredity
Begin by discussing how traits can be passed on through parents
Explore various inherited traits such as hitchhiker thumb, rolled tongue, and attached ear lobe. Identify various traits thru internet research.
 
Tuesday:  Ch. 2 L. 3 Animal Adaptations
Read and discuss in groups of 3
Identify examples of animal adaptations from the text
Each group will share their findings.
 
Wednesday:  Animal Adaptation Research
Students will use chrome books to find a variety of physical and behavioral animal adaptations.
Next students will report their findings with facts to validate
 
Thursday: 4-H speech practice
 
Friday: 4-H

Lesson Plans 10/23-10/27

Monday: Work on 4-H Speeches
 
Tuesday: Web research and analyze the contribution of Samuel Gompers and the American Federation of Labor and its effect on working conditions.
 
Wednesday: Ch. 6 test revew
 
Thursday: Ch. 6 Test
 
Friday: Invention Convention
Students will create an invention to demonstrate to the class.
Each invention must have a blueprint, explanation of how it works, and a paragraph that describes the importance of the invention.

Lesson Plans 10/16-10/20

Monday and Tuesday: We will begin working on 4-H speeches
 
Wednesday: Social Studies: The Machine Age
Watch Discovery Ed. video clip on important inventions of the late 1800's
Discuss concepts of monopoly and competition
Complete L. 1 vocabulary
 
Thursday: The Machine Age
Complete L. 1 Review
Begin Reading L. 2 on immigration
Create a chart that details why immigrants came to America and the problems they faced
Complete Vocabulary
 
Friday: Rise of Big Cities
Discuss the reasons people moved to larger cities
Complete L. 2-3 Reviews

Lesson Plans 10/2-10/6

Monday: War on the Plains
Discuss the conflict between settlers and Native Americans on the Plains that include Buffalo Soldiers.
List the battles of the Plains as well as the leaders and results of these conflicts.
 
Tuesday: Conflict on the Plains
Write a narrative piece that shows the viewpoint of a particular migrant group on The Great Plains.
 
Wednesday: Ch. 5 Test Review Vocabulary Due
 
Thursday:  Ch. 5 Test
 
Friday: 4-H Posters Due
 
 

9/25-9/29

Monday: Social Studies Ch. 5 Life on the Plains
Read and discuss L. 1 on how the country communicated in the 1800's
Watch video clip that shows how morse code was used
Complete L. 1 vocabulary
 
Tuesday: Complete Ch.5 L.1 review 1-5
Partner read L. 2 on moving to the plains
Create a chart that shows the diffuculties settlers faced while settling in the plains.
Complete vocabulary
 
Wednesday: War on the Plains
Discuss the conflict between settlers and Native Americans on the Plains
List the battles of the Plains as well as the leaders and results of these conflicts.
 
Thursday: Stem Thursday/Hut Activity
Students will make a hut using popsicle sticks and tooth picks and determine whether wind will have an impact on the hut using a hair dryer
 
Friday: fieldtrip

Lesson Plans 9/18-9/22

Monday:
Science Ch.1 L. 3
Photosynthesis
Read and discuss as a class then complete vocabulary and lesson review questions in pairs.
Assessment: questioning, white boards
 
Tuesday:
Photosynthesis
Students will draw a model of on photosynthesis on posters.
Assessment: Thumbs up, discussion, poster
 
Wednesday:
Changes in ecosystems
Discuss the factors that affect our ecosystem. Create a graphic organizer that list types of pollution, natural disasters, and man made impacts on the ecosystem.
Assessment: discussion, thumbs up, graphic organizer
 
Thursday:Ch.1 From Cells to Ecosystems Chapter 1 Test Review
 
Friday: Ch.1 From Cells to Ecosystems Chapter 1 Test

lesson plans 9/11-9/15

Monday: Science Ch. 1 L. 1 Cells
Read Ch. L. 1 on cells
Discuss the similarities and differences between plant and animal cells. Draw and label each cell with its part and function.
Assessment: Thumbs up, questioning, model drawing
 
Tuesday:
ell Models
Students will construct both plant and animal cell using playdo
Assessment: Monitoring, model activity, ticket out the door
 
Wednesday:
Ecosystems
Watch video clip to introduce various ecosystems
Next discuss how ecosystems are different and what makes up an ecosystem
Define Vocabulary
Assessment: thumbs up, discussion
 
Thursday:
Ecosystem Scavenger Hunt
Students will work in groups to identify various ecosystems outside. Students will document their findings and identify relationships they observe.
Assessment: monitoring, questioning, ticket out the door
 
Friday:
Science Ch.1 L. 3
Photosynthesis
Read and discuss as a class then complete vocabulary and lesson review questions in pairs.
Assessment: questioning, white boards

Lesson Plans9/5-9/8

Tuesday: 
Ch. 4 L. 4 Reconstruction
Discuss the various plans of reconstruction after the Civil War. Complete vocabulary and L. 4 review
Assessment: Questioning, thumbs up, ticket out the door
 
Wednesday:
Ch. 4 L. 5 Freedom and Hardship
Discuss the use of sharecropping and the rise of hate groups.
Vocabulary L. 5 Review 1-5
Assessment: Thumbs up and ticket out the door
 
Thursday: Ch. 4 Test Review
 
Friday: Ch. 4 Test

8/28-9/1 lesson plans

 Monday: Ch. 4 The States at War
Read and discuss various battles of the Civil War
Explain the Emancipation Proclamation
Complete Vocabulary and Lesson Review
Tuesday: Ch. 4 The States at War
Read and discuss various battles of the Civil War
Explain the Emancipation Proclamation
Complete Vocabulary and Lesson Review
Wednesday: Ch. 4 L. 2 Life in Battle Life at Home
Compare and Contrast the lives of Soldiers and those who are still at home during the war
Complete Vocabulary and Lesson Review
Thursday: Ch. 4 L. 3 The Union Advances
Discuss how the Union defeated the Confederacy
Watch Discovery Ed. Video Clip on the Civil War
Friday: 4-H
 

Lesson plans 8/22-825

 Tuesday: Chapter 3 Lesson 4 The Civil War Begins
Read and discuss Lincoln's purpose for the Civil War
Complete lesson review
Wednesday:  Underground Railroad Activity
Students will work in groups in an activity that requires the students to navigate through the hall to the back playground as if they were slaves escaping through the Underground Railroad.
Thursday:  Ch. 3 Test Review
Friday: Ch. 3 Test

Lesson plans 8/14-8/18

Monday:  Social Studies
Ch. 3 L. 1 Civil War: North and South
Read and discuss how slavery contributed to the Civil War
Define Vocabulary
Tuesday: Continue Monday's lesson
Wednesday: Ch.3 L.1 Review p. 81 1-6 in pairs
Create a graphic organizer that shows differences between North and South
Thursday: Ch. 3 L. 2 The Fight for Freedom
Break students up in 3 groups and assign each group a specific abolitionist.
1. William Lloyd Garrison
2. Fredrick Douglas
3. Sojourner Truth
Have each group prepare a presentation on how each person influenced the fight against slavery.
Friday:Chapter 3 Lesson 3 A Nation Divided
Read and discuss the 3 compromises
Define vocabulary