Friday, April 5, 2013

How to-Visual Lesson Plans

I love looking at other teacher's lesson plans.  This is how I create mine!

 I have receive so many emails on how I make visual lesson plans. I decided to give the video tutorial a try... brace yourself!

Each video has a 5 minute limit... so this will be done in sections.



If you have recovered from the agony of hearing my voice... continue below!



I mentioned Ashley Hughes Blog.. Yes, I am pretty much a huge stalker of hers...  She has these  AMAZING tutorials that she calls Technology Tuesdays. If you are learning the ropes (or even if you have been at it a while) I HIGHLY recommend stopping by.   I seem to always learn a thing or two from this smart lady...EVERY! TIME!


Back to lesson plans... The first one you make is the most labor intensive.  However, after the first one it gets SO much easier. 

Good luck!   Be brave! 
I want to see your lesson plans...so link up on Sunday!  

Did I leave anything out?



34 comments:

  1. Wonderful information! I am a first year teacher and have been struggling to find a lesson plan that I love that is easy to use.
    I have been wanting to start these but could not figure out how to add images. Where did you get the 'snipping tool' from? Is it a separate program or in powerpoint?
    Also, do you submit these to your administration or are they just for your reference?

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    1. The snipping tool came with my PC. It is under your accessories. I love it and use it CONSTANTLY! Just look in your computer's accessories.

      We are required to submit our lesson plans, so I upload them to the Shared Google Drive that we have for our lesson plans. I love having the images because I can glance at them and I instantly remember what my next steps are.

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    2. I am going to scour my computer now to see if I have that tool, I think it will help me tremendously!
      Thank you so much...

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    3. The MAC tool is called "snip" and it is a free download on the mac app store!

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  3. Oh wow this is so cool. I will be back to visit because I just have to try doing this. I hope it is okay if I pin this so I can find it. Thanks for taking the time.

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    1. You are welcome! I am glad it was helpful!

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  4. Thank you for posting these videos. Extremely helpful! I can't wait to try it out!

    Carrie
    Table Talk with C & C

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  5. Thank you so very much! I am familiar with Power Point but you just taught me so many new things! I just made my own little template!

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  6. Do you happen to know if there is a tool similar to SnipIt on a Mac? Also, I can't find a way to change the alignment of my text on a Mac. Any hints?

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    1. Mary, I know MACs have something but I just do not know anything about them. I had a MAC for 7 days and I just could not get over the learning curve, so I boxed it back up and took it back to the store. I am a MAC drop out! So sad!

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  7. I LOVED listening to you! I feel even more like we have actually met. I had the template done (okay...mostly done), but now I know more about adding the pictures and the hyperlinks (which is where I would get confused and sort-of give up). I am excited to get busy! This time I. Will. Do. It.

    Terri
    KinderKapers

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    1. PS found my snipping tool...I am off to go play!

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  8. Thanks for sharing this! I cannot wait to dive in and try it!
    Kate
    Fun in ECSE

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  9. Deedee, thank you so much for sharing. You are so kind. Also, your voice is very sweet, you are too hard on yourself.

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  10. Thank you so much for sharing. I have been wanting to link up with your peek at my week, but have been a little intimidated to create visual plans. Now I don't have an excuse....I will create my visual plans!!

    Thanks!
    Mrs. Pauley’s Kindergarten

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  11. Thank you for introducing me to the snipping tool! So much easier than taking a screen shot and cropping! Great tutorial! See you at this week's Peek at my Week!

    Tina
    Crofts' Classroom

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  12. DeeDee I don't have a blog but I have loved your layout of your lesson plans. I enjoyed listening to your voice and learning the ins and outs of working in powerpoint, I have been doing something similar in word but this looks so much easier. I am a mac user though so I will have to figure out that snipping tool. Thanks for this great "show me" how video....sure can tell you are from Missouri the "show me" state.

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  13. Thank you! This was most helpful'

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  14. Thank you for sharing! This is so helpful. I have specific pieces that I must have in my lesson plans and right now I do them in excel so that I can have drop down menus. Do you know if there is a way to create drop down menus for the table you inserted?

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    1. Oh Dear!!! That is beyond my scope! I know nothing about Excel! I'm sorry!

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  15. Thank you so much for the tutorial!! I am a very visual person so I love the idea of visual plans but I was not quite sure how to go about it! I really appreciate your willingness to share:)

    Kristy
    The Phonics Phenomenon

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  16. Thank you for creating this great tutorial. For those mac users trying to find an alternative for the snipit tool look in your applications for Image Capture. It should work the same.

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  17. Thank you so much for posting this video DeeDee! And there was definitely no agony in hearing your voice. I found this to be super informative!! I tried my hand at creating a visual lesson plan right away!! Thank you again for all of your time and effort. I am a new (very new) blogger and I now realize all of the time and effort it takes. Thanks again!

    ~Kay
    sweetkindergartenkiddos.blogspot.com

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  18. YES! Macs do have that tool. It's called Grab It! I tried to reply to that post, but it wouldn't let me. I LOLed at your "Mac dropout" comment! :) I am singing the Grease song now..."Macbook dropout....go back to PCs..." :) LOVE what you share on your blog!!! Come to Texas!!!
    Amanda
    Mrs. Richardson's Class

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    1. Ha!!! I am a total Mac drop out and I was so sad. It was like this beautiful pair of shoes that I could not walk in!!!! I want to be part of the hip crowd!

      Thank you for your comment! Mac-ites everywhere will appreciate it!

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  19. Thank you so much for sharing this process. It's given me a lot of ideas that I will be attempting on my Mac. =)

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  20. I am in! So happy for this information. Thank you!

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  21. Now, here's a do-do brain question?? I still do the old school lesson plan binder in my classroom and I have my lesson plans printed each week in that binder. Do you do this with your visual plans or do you have an IPad or something that the picture is loaded onto for reference? :) Btw, SUPER cool tutorial, hon! ;)

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  22. I have been doing my lesson plans in powerpoint for the past year but couldn't figure out how to do the picture like you do. And what bugs me is that it is so simple and I knew how to do it but it feels like I just didn't put 2 and 2 together. ya know?! lol I use MAC so I didn't need to download a snipping tool. Just in case someone uses MAC it is command+shift+4, select the area to be snipped then enter. Thanks again DeeDee!

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  23. Wow, excellent tutorial! This was super helpful! Thank you for sharing!

    -Caitlin
    Table Talk with C & C

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  24. Thank you I love it. It has taken me all day but I think most of it is set up. I just wish I could figure out how to do the hyperlink on the Mac. It was working right. :( If anyone knows how to do that I would be so greatful!

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