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Each of the 16 templates in this lesson plan booklet folds into a 3-D Graphic Organizer which is part of a Lotus Leaf Notebook composed of these pages fitting inside one another.
(One fully constructed sample Lotus Leaf Notebook is included for the purposes of instruction.)
The Students are encouraged to make notations in pencil in the various spaces on each form as the teacher explains facts and concepts related to each the Key words on each space.
The finished notebook opens like a lotus leaf and when carefully and artistically colored with felt tip under-liners it is an esteem building final product the students are proud of, and something the teacher can use to decorate the classroom.
Visitors are always impressed by bulletin boards fill of the evidence of student activity in the classroom. The Learning Style insights of the last decade are now available to every teacher simply by utilizing these three project oriented lesson plan approaches.
Portfolios are useful places to hold the pieces of the project worked on between classes and in event of absences. They also are an place where students can collect finished daily assignments, graded tests, and these finished project oriented assignments. Hands-on notebook construction keeps students busy and relatively quiet while the teacher, acting as a facilitator, is actually lecturing on the subject matter. The Graphic Organizers chunk ideas together, and that emphasizes the groups relationships with each other. The Alternative Assessment allows for using evaluation Rubrics that reward neatness, attention to detail, mechanical ability, and other examples of high Kinesthetic Intelligence.
Since the students can work on the same project assignments there is a benefit to Cooperative Learning. Should two or more teachers agree to use these same project oriented assignment lesson plans, but for different subject, taken by the same students, then the experience of Teaching-Across-the-Curriculum also becomes a reality.