Former abecedarian CC tutor (iijuan12), former history teacher, & currently a Christian homeschooling mama of 9 blessings
This is the plan I used while tutoring a Classical Conversations Cycle 1 Week 23 abecederian class. I have included all the subjects including new grammar, fine arts, presentations, science experiments, and review game. I also added my weekly parent email. This is not an official tutor plan. It's simply what I did. I'm sharing it so other tutors can use it as a springboard from which to plan your own lessons that are tailored to best meet the needs of your own class.
(Class set of trivium maps, dry erase markers, and small pieces of paper towels will already be at each seat.)
-Have the children use their dry erase markers to quickly trace around the borders of the continents and then erase them. (Be sure to emphasize that they should focus on the basic shapes, not the details.)
-Have the children put the caps on their markers and lay them down.
• Point out the locations on my map one by one. (I say, “Eyes and pointer fingers up” each time before I introduce the next location.) Each time have the children find the location on their maps using their fingers. They say the location, and I confirm, “Yes, that is…”. Repeat.
• Show me/Tell me the locations using a dry erase marker.
-Show me where [location] is. Put a dot on it. [Repeat this for each location.]
-Put the caps back on the markers, but don’t erase anything yet!
• Go through the locations with me while erasing locations one by one using the piece of paper towel. (Do them out of order.)
***Mom/Dad Helper: Collect markers and maps and return to tutor bag. Throw away paper towel pieces.***
- (*At home we’ll be learning the locations using the songs & hand motions by CCHappyMom.)
- I sing to the tune of the William Tell Overture while kids listen: The Distributive Law States: /a times opening parenthesis / b+c / closing parenthesis / equals a times b / plus a times c.
- Allow each child to roll silly voice die, and we sing it using that silly voice: T-rex voice, gorilla voice (pound your chest while singing it), fish voice (rub your index finger over your lips while singing it), stick out your tongue and sing it, and quiet whisper voice.
- I chant and do motions while the children listen:
seem – tap index finger at temple like you're thinking
appear – open your 2 hands in front of you as if something is appearing
look – point to eyes
sound – cup hands around ears
- Vary who says it: Have children chant it with me & do the motions. Girls say it with me while everyone does the motions. Boys say it with me while everyone does the motions. Right table says it with me while everyone does the motions. Left table says it with me while everyone does the motions. Everyone says it & does the motions.
- Sing the history sentence while the children listen. (We also pretended to pull out a sword each time we sang "fought.")
- Allow children to each roll the music dynamic die & sing the history song together using that dynamic: staccato, crescendo, diminuendo, legato, forte, & piano.
• Sing through the song one time, laying the cards in order, face up on the table.
• Allow each child a turn to use a fly swatter to swat the individual timeline cards as we all sing the song together.
- Use Llama Llama Latin Llama with a 5 birthday candle, llama puppet, a picture of a ribbon with an ace (a playing card) on it, and all the previous puppet friends. On Llama Llama Latin Llama’s 5th birthday, she invited all of the neighborhood animals over for a fun day of games. Each time someone won a game, they were given an Ace to wear as a prize! (An ace is a person who excels at a particular sport or other activity.) Ace helps us remember how the 5th declension noun endings sound! (This idea is based on the stories by CCC user rtseely.)
- Go through song and motions once. When we do singular, we’ll use 5 fingers on one hand. When we do plural, we’ll use 5 fingers on both hands. I say and then kids repeat with song and motions after each one.
-es: like ace, so hold down one arm like you’re doing half an A shape
-ei: like the letters A E, so make the ASL signs for A and then E
-ei: like the letters A E, so make the ASL signs for A and then E ---start from beginning of singular
em: like M, so do ASL for M---start from beginning of singular
-e: like A, so do ASL for A ---start from beginning of singular
(3X and then sing “Singular Fifth Declension”)
-es: like ace, so hold down both arms like you’re doing half an A shape
-erum: like you’re blowing air on ‘em (them), so have both hands go out showing the air you’re blowing
-ebus: like you’re riding on a bus – bounce you hands and body like riding on a bouncy bus ---start from beginning of plural
-es: like ace, so hold down both arms like you’re doing half an A shape ---start from beginning of plural
-ebus: like you’re riding on a bus – bounce you hands and body like riding on a bouncy bus ---start from beginning of plural
(3X and then sing “Plural Fifth Declension)
- Sing and do motions through the entire song.
- I chant while children listen.
- Have children chant it with me 2 times.
- Basketball: Give each child a half sheet of paper & have them crumple up the paper as you chant. After we finish, have them try to throw the paper ball into the trash can. Repeat 3 more times.
Quick Review of Baroque Composers: Handel & Bach
- Which composer did we learn about the first week who played for royalty, kings and queens? [Hold up your hand to help remind them of Handel.] Take your “Handel hands” and make a circular crown above your heads. Say, “Handel - Royalty.”
- The next week we learned about a composer who mainly played in churches. Who remembers his name? [Pat your back to help remind them of Bach.] Touch your back with both hands and then put them in front of you in a prayer position. Say, “Bach – Churches.”
- Handel and Bach both wrote Baroque music. Show me the timeline motion for Baroque. Yes, it had lots of ornamentation. Bach had quite a bit more Baroque—style ornamentation in the songs he composed.
- Review orchestra seating and instrument families.
- Practice singing The Orchestra Song (p. 111 in the Foundation's Guide)
- Have children collect presentation items from the basket/table.
- Remind that when someone else is talking, children should: Stop, Look, Listen.
- Remind about presentations: Today’s focus will be: Silence: Have at least one silent pause on purpose. Make no hmm, umm, or other sounds between thoughts. What is today’s focus? [Remember to raise your hand to answer.]
- Each child gets 1 question token (a foam rectangle with their name written on it).
- Have children go in alphabetical order. (Will rotate each week.)
- Next week’s skill to work on: Everything: Good posture, volume, eye contact, & smiles.
- Next week’s optional topic: Tell us 3 or more of your favorite memories or activities from CC this year!
- Return presentation items to backpacks.
Bathroom Break & Snack Time
Pray. Bathroom break. Get snacks from snack basket and have snack while listening to memory work CD or Water Music and The Well-Tempered Clavier.
- per child: 3 different colors of starburst candies, scissors, a piece of wax paper, 2 books, a sandwich baggie for them to take it home, & 1 starburst candy for them to eat (optional)
- example of a premade igneous starburst rock (pieces of cut-up starburst candies places in aluminum foil and baked on high in a toaster oven for about 5 minutes or until it becomes liquid - It will feel hard like a lollipop after it cools.) or a toaster oven if you want to make them in class
- (optional) Examples of sedimentary (limestone or flint), metamorphic (marble), and igneous (granite or obsidian) rocks.
- What are the three types of rock?
- Did you know that sometimes rocks change? We call it the rock cycle, and today we're going to use Starburst candies to show those changes.
- In order to make sedimentary rock, you need water and pressure. Hold your hands high and and wiggle your fingers down to look like rain. Sedimentary rock is made from water and pressure.
- You'll have layers of sand, shells and mud, or fossils and mud, harden on top of each other. Most sedimentary rock was formed from the mud and plants and animals that squished together under the mud and water during Noah's Flood. That's why you can find fossils in some types of sedimentary rock.
- Sedimentary rocks are sometimes crumbly. A sedimentary rock contains a lot of little pieces of weathered rock all layered, smashed, and glued together doesn’t it? Suppose that water, ice, or wind kept running past that rock. What do you think would happen after a while? Yes, little pieces would fall off. We call that weathering and erosion. Sometimes it happens slowly. If a big rock smashed down on top of a little rock, it could happen quickly.
- [Pass out 3 different colors of Starburst candies, a pair of scissors, and a piece of wax paper to each child.] We're going to imitate fast erosion. Everyone gets to take your pair of scissors and pretend to weather your sedimentary rock starburst candies by cutting them into little pieces. New press them together into one big sedimentary rock.
- If you have examples of sedimentary rocks, pass them around. Examples of sedimentary rock include limestone, flint, rock salt, conglomerate, breccia, shale, and others. The kids loved getting to see a piece of limestone with a shell imprint on it.
- Before we move on to the next time of rock, tell me what you need to make sedimentary rock. (water and pressure) Let's wiggle our fingers like water from rain one more time.
- When heat and pressure are applied to a sedimentary or igneous rock, it changes into metamorphic rock. "Metamorphic" means "changed" and these rocks have changed. What caused them to change? (Heat and pressure) Wipe your foreheads for heat and push your hands together for pressure. Now say, "Heat and pressure."
- [Pass out two books to each child.] To demonstrate this process, we'll take our little sedimentary starburst rock and smash them together. Fold the wax paper over them and warm up those pieces in your hands. Now add lots of pressure by putting it between your two books and stepping on it so that it becomes a metamorphic starburst rock.
- Metamorphic rocks sometimes have layers. Can you see little wavy lines in your metamorphic starburst rock? It's changed, hasn't it? Can you see the wavy lines?
- If you have examples of metamorphic rocks, you can pass them around. Examples of metamorphic rock include marble, quartzite, slate, soapstone, gneiss, garnet schist, and others.
- Before we move on to the last type of rock, tell me what you need to make sedimentary rock. (water and pressure) Wiggle your fingers like rain for the water. What do you need to make metamorphic rock? (heat and pressure) Wipe your foreheads for heat and push your palms together for pressure.
- A third type of rock is the most common type of rock on the earth, and it is called igneous rocks. They are created by extreme heat under the earth's surface and can be tossed out of a volcano. How are igneous rocks made? Wipe your forehead with your right arm, and now wipe it with your left arm. It's extreme heat. Now make a cone shape with their hands over your heads to look like a volcano because they're sometimes tossed out of a volcano.
- The word Igneous comes from the Latin word ignis which means fire. Some igneous rocks are melted rock that is magma or lava. When it cools and hardens, it becomes igneous rock. Igneous rocks are sometimes glassy or have crystals in them.
- To change our metamorphic starburst rocks into igneous rocks, you'll need extreme heat. We'd need an oven and have to bake it until it becomes hard like a lollipop. Since we don't have an oven in our class, you're going to have to finish this at home. I did make one at home to show you, though. [Pass around an example of a pre-made igneous starburst rock.]
- Note: If you want to bring a toaster oven to class, you could make these by placing them in aluminum foil and baking them on high until they melt into liquid, about 5 minutes. I've also seen that some people microwave them and some people use a iron (like what you use to press clothing) to make them. You could try one of those methods instead if you'd like.
- If you have examples of igneous rocks, you can pass them around. Examples of metamorphic rock include granite, obsidian, pumice, basalt, diorite, scoria, and others.
- What do you need to make sedimentary rock? (water and pressure) Wiggle your fingers like rain for the water. What do you need to make metamorphic rock? (heat and pressure) Wipe your foreheads for heat and push your palms together for pressure. What do you need to make igneous rock? (extreme heat) Wipe your forehead with your right arm and your left arm. Igneous rocks sometimes come out of what? (volcanoes) Form your volcano with your arms over your head.
- What is something you noticed about the different types of rocks?
- (Optional) If candy is allowed on your campus, pass out a starburst candy for each child to eat or take home.
- Geography Fast Review: Hand out maps to each child. Divide up children among you & the helping moms so that you are able to each check specific child and what they are pointing at. Call out the geography locations from weeks 17-23. Have children tell me or show me locations using their fingers.
- Hot Wheels Race: Have Child #1 select a subject (pulling one from slips of paper that have the subjects written on them). Each child recites the grammar from a different week (weeks 17-23). After finishing that subject, allow children to each select a Hot Wheels cars to race down a cardboard box “ramp” that is set against a table. Everyone collects their car & puts them back in the “garage bag.” Go through the next subject. Repeat with a new Hot Wheels car & race. Continue until you’ve finished all the subjects.
I can hardly believe that we only have ONE more week of CC! It has been a privilege to watch your children grow over this past year! I am really going to miss getting to see your children every Thursday!
On April 27 we will be having our End of the Year Presentation. Each child will have an opportunity to recite or sing their favorite history sentence. Please reply to all to let us know which history sentence your child would like to recite, so that each child can present something different.
Next week we'll be playing Twinkle, Twinkle Little Star on our tin whistles and will be singing The Orchestra Song. Please make sure your child brings his or her tin whistle. It might be a good idea to try to have them practice a few times too. My children enjoyed watching this silly video while singing The Orchestra Song: https://youtu.be/rSAZr-wD80U .
I am sending home your child's metamorphic rock we made from Starburst candies today in class. Since we don't have an oven in class, we only looked at an example of a finished igneous rock. If you'd like to finish your child's starburst rock cycle, place the smashed candy into a piece of aluminum foil with the sides up and bake it on high for about 5 minutes or until it becomes liquid. When it cools it should be hard like a lollipop.
Would you like a little bit extra? Each week my family enjoys reading books, doing activities, and watching YouTube video clips related to our new grammar. Memorizing the CC grammar is completely sufficient, but if you’d like to add a bit more, here is what my family has enjoyed reading, doing, & watching related to the science sentence: Science Morning Basket & Activities: Types of Clouds.
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Shannon (author) from Florida on July 13, 2019:
I am planning on posting lessons for Cycle 2. I will probably start uploading them around August.
Amy on July 03, 2019:
Hi Shannon! This is my first year to tutor and I am getting my lesson plans together for cycle 2! Will your cycle 2 lesson plans be posted? I saw the last half of the year on the Abecedarians Facebook page but didn’t see any when I searched in CCC. Just wanted to check thank you so much!!
Shannon (author) from Florida on April 08, 2019:
I'm so happy you've found my lessons to be helpful and am excited to hear the kids loved the Starburst activity! We really enjoyed that as well! I appreciate you letting me know!
Andi on April 04, 2019:
Thank you for generously sharing your ideas. It was my first year turoring, and your ideas certainly helped! The best was the Starburst 3 kinds of rocks- such excitement watching them bubble in the microwave!
Thanks for helping to make the year fun!