I finished one subplan during the winter: "Ships and Shipwrecks" for 5th/6th graders. Take a look:
There are reading comprehension passages and follow up activities on the Sultana, Titanic, Andrea Doria, and Edmund Fitzgerald. And for kids more interested in vacation cruises than shipwrecks, an opportunity to design and promote their very own dream cruise. As with all my subplans, there is minimal teacher preparation - perfect for a last minute sub teacher day.
On another track, Jack Apps Education is now a real company - Chris (co-writer and "limited liability partner") and I went through all the filings and paperwork without having a clue what we were doing - and now we're for real! Our first app, "Build Compound Words" is for sale on your ipad, and we've begun working on "Build Plurals."
Our educational apps are unique because we use pictures of real objects and people rather than cartoons - so important to help diverse learners make connections to the real world around them. Another goal is to supplement our apps with printable materials, providing built-in practice for students to write words and sentences in a variety of formats. Our printable products are available at www.teacherspayteachers.com, www.teachersnotebook.com, and soon on our very own Jack Apps Education website.
But back to thinking about gratitude - this winter has been a rollercoaster ride and I've once again learned (for maybe the millionth time) to be grateful for the gifts inside each and every moment.
Best and always,