Visual Plans and A Few Freebies

Aloha and happy Sunday!  I am feeling a bit better today. Still have the sniffles and a bit of a cough, but laying around all weekend has helped.  I am happy to be finished with my report cards and decided I needed to get to work on my Visual Plans for the week.

It was much easier this week plugging in all of my activities!

For my Daily 5 rotations I added some new writing prompts to my center from Stephanie at Falling Into First.  I think my kids will really enjoy them.

For Writers Workshop I have been reading The Four Square Writing Method and I love it!  So simple and easy to get kids writing.  This week we will be adding more details.  I created the following template to use with my kids.

I have been really pushing some of my struggling writers to "Tell me more" and I think this will do it.
Below is a sample of what I plan to show them after we brainstorm some ideas.  Just click on the pictures to grab this in Google Docs.

On Tuesday I have an observation planned and I told my Admin that I was working on improving our Problem Solving skills.  That is one of the main reasons I created my April Word Problem pack.  For my observation I will be using a larger template for the students to solve their problems.

I used the same 4 Square template and added on Another Way To Solve It.  I know I will have some students who will be done instantly, so having them solve it a different way will keep them on task.
You can click on this pic to grab this in Google Docs as well.

If you are interested in creating your own visual plans check out Deedee's tutorial that she created.  Her plans are fantastic!

Enjoy the rest of your Sunday! I plan to retire to the couch and take a little nap :)


  1. I love the word problem outline! Very helpful!!!

  2. Sorry you haven't been feeling well. That's no fun! Love your visual plans- they look great!
    Conversations in Literacy

  3. Your plans look great! I love the writing template! Great for little writers!

    Amber :)
    Adventures of a Third Grade Teacher

  4. Glad you had a restful weekend. These look great, thanks for sharing. Not that you need it but good luck with your observation :)

    1. I always get nervous ahead of time, but it helps to over prepare :)

  5. I haven't heard of the Four Square Writing Method, but I love the look of it! I must investigate further... thanks for the tip!

    Teaching Maths with Meaning

    P.S. Love your visual planner!

    1. It has been working really well for some of my low writers who just can't get going.

  6. Your plans look great! I love the writing template and the nice layout for problem solving. I can't wait to implement these. Good luck on your observation!

  7. Hi Corinna!
    I am doing Rainbows and Scholastic News this week too! Don't you just love the interactive website Scholastic has for each magazine?! My kids just love it.
    Have a terrific week!
    Ms. Marciniak's First Grade Critter Cafe

  8. I've starting using your "Beach Bucks" management system and the kids LOVE, LOVE, LOVE it! I caught one of my students whispering to another student, "I can't wait for payday!" Seriously adorable! :)

    Sailing into Second

  9. You are just tooooooooooooooo sweet and talented my friend :) Thanks for the shout out on your plans!!! And your cinquain poems were great!!!!!



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