Why buy a unit?
Have you ever bought a book of lessons because it contained a few items you wanted, but had many other items that you didn’t want or never used? My units incorporate multiple subjects and are available for purchase “a la carte” allowing teachers to buy only what they need, at an affordable price. From our home page, click on a season, and the units can be found under each month. Click on the link: Home Page There are currently 43 themes!
- -reinforces report card standards.
- -empowers students and frees up the teacher.
- -can be integrated with our matching Booklets
- and Art & Activity Books.
- Click on the link to see how I do this with my Apple Theme. APPLES
There are plenty of lessons for you to choose something that fits your students' level. The beauty of the variety is that you have easier skill sheets for those who are struggling and more difficult ones for children who have mastered a concept.
Unit Skill Sheets…
- become independent center activities;
- involve core skills (cutting, gluing, writing, coloring, sequencing, sorting, identifying, matching, tracing etc, );
- cover basic subjects (math, writing, reading, language arts);
- are themed so things are organized and cohesive throughout your day and fit seasonally as well;
- use the same format for each theme, so that children get used to doing them, and can easily recognize what they are supposed to do even though they may not be able to read the directions;
- involve the whole child.
Unit Skill Sheets are great if you need something
- for “Table Top” or to make into a booklet for morning lessons;
- for review before an assessment;
- to use as assessments;
- to give to parents when they want to work with a struggling child at home;
- when a child is going on a trip and a parent requests a packet of take-along materials;
- for children who finish early;
- for substitutes to plug in;
- to include in portfolios.
However you use them, I know that my Y5’s have excelled with this program. I truly believe that one reason is that units empower students to work independently and build their self-esteem to such a level that they realize they CAN do the lesson before they even start!
They are ready for workbooks in the next grade because they have practiced with a skill sheet booklet every day for "Table Top Time". For example, by March they are doing a 15 -18 page booklet that takes them about 10 minutes, and they ENJOY it! They are also doing 6-8 centers independently and transitioning with no problem.
My life is made easier because I’m not constantly planning the next day’s centers and I can incorporate art with confidence because I know that it is standards based, and best of all my students are learning and having FUN at the same time.
Read the article, "How to Get Students to Follow Directions" and see how to further empower your students through my "following direction icons" They really work! Your life will be so much easier, AND your discipline problems fewer!