Saturday, July 21, 2018

How to Adapt My Lessons for 50-Minute Classes (Instead of 90-Minute Blocks)

Making it fun on whatever schedule you're on!
I just received the following question from a teacher regarding modifying my lesson plans to fit schedules other than 90-minute block:

Dear Jalen,

Thanks for the helpful info and answers to my questions!  I will be meeting with our Spanish teacher tomorrow and will be presenting your lesson plans to use in our hybrid homeschool setting. The class will meet 2 X a week for 50 minutes. She may need to adjust what she tries to accomplish.  I really love all the hands-on and interactive activities you have in your lessons. If you could suggest a prioritization of the activities when we don't have 90 minutes, that would be helpful.  We will have 30 class periods (50 min. each) for 1 st semester.

In answer to your question, I ran across your lesson plans on Amazon as I searched for High School Spanish curriculum.

Sincerely,

AN



My response:

Hi! Well I'm excited my Amazon pages are getting some hits because I just started selling my stuff on Amazon this summer and I wasn't sure if it would get much reach at first!

Ok, so if you're only meeting twice a week for 50 minutes, I would suggest:

Class 1:

Warm up quiz

Intro new vocab

Skit

Grammar or Graphic Organizer/writing activity



Class 2:

Warm up quiz

Read the reading that goes with the skit from Class 1

Grammar or Graphic Organizer/writing activity (whichever one you didn't do in Class 1 above)

Culture activity and/or conversation practice OR...


Sometimes if the mood is right and I have kids who enjoy giving me crazy ideas for a plot, we make up a new/improve skit to practice the vocab one more time, and that can be a blast. :)


I'll be teaching on traditional 55-minute periods this school year and the above plan is what I'll be doing on alternating days. More on my new teaching job soon!

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Summer's not over yet, so let's get out there and enjoy it! (Since I changed states and jobs this summer, I report for New Teacher Orientation August 2 >>> :-0 <<< Is anyone else reporting back to work early August? Post a comment below with your start date...I'm curious!)