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Fun Lesson Plan Ideas

Instructor: Melinda Santos
Creating fun, interactive lesson plans that keep students focused and motivated can be challenging. If you need some fresh ideas, check out the lesson plan activities below to determine which ones compliment your curriculum and find some other helpful teaching resources.

Profile Collage

Adaptable for any grade-level, this open-ended project allows students to use a variety of learning concepts, including writing and self-evaluation, to create something unique that reflects their personal perspective.

Materials:

  • scissors
  • construction paper or poster board
  • glue
  • magazines

Objective:

By choosing images and/or text that reflect personal interests, students learn to evaluate their traits and how to express themselves visually. The finished products are also helpful in identifying which of Gardner's eight intelligences students lean toward. This lesson on multiple intelligences can give you more insight into this topic and help you plan additional lessons and activities that cater to your students' learning styles and needs.

Instructions:

1. Provide students with glue, scissors, construction paper and several magazines and have them work either in small groups or individually.

2. Ask each student to create their own poster collage using clippings from the magazines that best represent who they are and how they feel. A brief explanation should be provided under each clipping.

3. While students are working, take individual pictures of each student using a digital camera. Print out the pictures and give each student his or her photo so they may glue it on their poster.

4. After everyone is finished or after a set amount of time, have each member of the group present their collages to one another, or have each student present to the class. Another option is to hang up all the posters on a wall or bulletin board so the class can view them at a later time.

Venn Diagram Practice

Especially useful when introducing the purpose and use of Venn diagrams, this activity allows students to practice using them in a fun format. You can use this What is a Venn Diagram? lesson to introduce the topic, then lead into this activity.

Materials:

  • Venn diagram worksheets
  • Pencils or pens

Objective:

While completing the Venn diagram in groups, students will learn how Venn diagrams are structured and used for practical purposes. Because this project is completed as a group, students also gain the opportunity to work on their interpersonal communication skills.

Instructions:

1. Divide students into groups of four.

2. Provide each group with the Venn diagram worksheet.

3. Ask each group to fill in each circle of the diagram by identifying how the members of their group are similar to the each other, how each person is different or unique, and then how all the members of the group are similar.

Chautauqua

The Chautauqua Movement was a popular means of educating people throughout the United States during the 1800s and 1900s. Education was given through speeches by individuals who were pretty knowledgeable about various subjects like music, P.E., art, writing skills, literature, science, international relations and much more.

Have your students create their own Chautauqua with this lesson plan idea. Students should choose a historical figure, research the events of their lives and give an in-character presentation. Give students some ideas by presenting these Famous People and Famous Americans lessons. You can find out more about the Chautauqua Movement with this lesson and share it with your students, so they can have a better idea of what they need to do for their presentations.

Materials:

  • Literature about a variety of historical figures and/or access to the library/internet
  • Costumes & props

Objective:

Students will learn in-depth information about the historical figure they choose, practice research skills and learn how to implement a presentation on their own. The presentation portion also encompasses writing and speech organization, as well as public speaking practice.

Instructions:

1. Explain to the class that each student will be responsible for selecting a historical figure whom they will impersonate while giving a presentation about that person's life and something they're knowledgeable about (e.g., politics, science, music, art).

2. Provide access to reading materials about various historical figures, but also allow opportunities for students to visit the library to find other sources, as well as the internet. You can offer time in class for students to research and write their presentation speeches and also ask them to continue working on them as part of their homework.

3. A few days before the scheduled presentations, gather any costumes or prop materials you can find that may be useful for the presentations. Also, ask students to find materials at home or from other sources to complete their ensembles for their presentations.

4. During the presentations, ask students to take notes about what they find most interesting about what each student presented and who/what they learned the most about. You can also ask them to vote for the most informative and most entertaining presentations, etc.

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