About This Chapter
Integrated Curriculum Resources- Chapter Summary
These lessons have been compiled to help teachers discover new ways to improve student participation while teaching skills used to interpret research and art. Some things discussed in this chapter include:
- Templates for anecdotal notes
- Activities used to improve listening skills
- Games used to improve 3rd-5th graders' knowledge of facts and opinions
- Cause-and-effect activities for grades two through eight
- Prompts for art journals
- Different research topics for elementary students
These lessons have been put together by our expert instructors and are mobile device compatible to provide teachers like you with an effective and versatile way to review these topics. If you have any questions, be sure to ask our instructors for assistance with the 'teacher' tabs of the lessons.
How It Helps
- Builds awareness: These lessons were designed to help teachers become more aware of effective and interactive ways to teach the basic understanding of research.
- Boosts student participation: Implementing some of the activities covered in this chapter will help you increase the participation of your students in the classroom.
- Improves student engagement: When asked to participate in these activities, students will become more engaged in what they are studying and thus learn it more effectively.
By the end of this chapter, you will be able to:
- Make anecdotal notes
- Attend to body language
- Teach students to differentiate between facts and opinions
- Instruct students on the nature of cause and effect
- Guide students as they keep art journals and research topics
1. Brain-Based Learning Activities
Did you know that you can change the way your students learn, and engage their emotions, by using brain-based learning techniques? In this lesson, you will learn more about classroom activities which follow brain-based learning methods.
2. Anecdotal Notes Template
Taking anecdotal notes is an important step in monitoring student progress in many subject areas. This lesson describes using anecdotal notes as a tool and provides a sample template for you to use with students.
3. First Grade Teaching Strategies
First graders can be great fun to teach, but they can also be challenging! First grade is the introduction to structured academics for many students, and normal variations in literacy development make it tricky to find strategies that work for all learners. This lesson provides some ideas about how to teach first graders well.
4. Depth of Knowledge Sample Questions
Asking students questions on varying levels is an important part of your school day. Use this lesson to ask questions using the depth of knowledge model. Samples for each group included.
5. Depth of Knowledge Activities
Trying to get your students to think a little more deeply about content? This lesson provides some sample activities that encourage students to use their higher-order thinking skills as defined by Webb's Depth of Knowledge.
6. Growth Mindset Activities
A growth mindset is a useful way of improving student success and confidence. Help students develop and learn about what it means to have a growth mindset with a few of these activities.
7. Classroom Supplies for Teachers
Having a classroom that runs smoothly is important to successful teaching. Sometimes, a small modification in your available supplies can make all the difference! This lesson gives you some ideas for thinking through your classroom supplies.
8. Teacher Appreciation Activities
Showing teachers how much they are appreciated is an important part of building community at your school! The activities in this lesson will help you appreciate your colleagues and yourself.
9. Adult Learning Games
Learning games have the potential to benefit adult learners just as much as they benefit kids. In this lesson we will discuss some of the types of adult learning games that can be helpful, and provide some examples.
10. Questions for Teachers to Ask Parents
As teachers, we are often encouraged to communicate with families, but sometimes it is difficult to know exactly what to talk about. The questions in this lesson will guide your communication with parents in a way that supports your practice.
11. Using Guest Speakers in the Classroom
Can lessons be exciting, interactive, and productive in helping students retain information? Of course they can. This lesson will discuss how guest speakers can be added to a lesson to make learning fun.
12. Constructivist Learning Activities
Constructivist learning is active, involves real-life problem-solving, reflection, and student investment in learning. In this lesson, we'll provide some guidance for developing constructivist learning activities, and give some examples.
13. Outdoor Learning Activities
Young students don't have to stay indoors to learn. Taking the classroom outside can provide great opportunities for learning activities. Try a few of these engaging outdoor activities for yourself.
14. Experiential Learning Activities for Adults
Experiential learning is a great way to gain a practical skill. It has proved to be far more effective than theoretical learning, especially for adults. So why not try some of these experiential learning activities for yourself?
15. Experiential Learning Activities for Students
Experiential learning focuses on hands-on activities and reflection. Here are some activities, that can be applied to many different subjects, for including experiential learning philosophies in your classroom.
16. Essential Questions for Kindergarten
Essential questions can be helpful for focusing in on what's really important in your classroom. Check out these possible essential questions you can use for your kindergarten class.
17. Data Collection Tools for Teachers
Interested in knowing more about what your students know? Have an administrator that always wants more data? This article will give you a few ideas about how to collect various forms of data from students.
18. Every Student Succeeds Act: Summary, Pros & Cons
This lesson provides you with a summary of the most relevant aspects of each section under the 'Every Student Succeeds Act' (ESSA), a new law replacing No Child Left Behind (NCLB). In addition, you will find highlights about the possible advantages and disadvantages of the new law as it takes effect.
19. Activities to Challenge Gifted Students
Gifted learners sometimes require extra thought on the part of teachers. This lesson offers you some specific activities you can use to challenge your gifted elementary and middle school students and keep them engaged in the learning process.
20. How to Challenge Gifted Students in the Classroom
Working with gifted students can be rewarding, but it is not necessarily easy. This lesson gives you some ideas for how you can keep your gifted students challenged in any classroom.
21. Instructional Strategies for Teaching Problem Solving
Are you looking for strategies designed to teach problem solving and boost student achievement? This lesson offers effective and versatile ideas for teaching problem solving that may be used in almost any K-12 context. Specific examples are provided.
22. Direct Instruction vs. Indirect Instruction
What is direct instruction? What about indirect instruction? When do each of these styles of teaching come in handy? If you are curious about these questions, take a look at the following lesson to get the scoop.
23. Deductive Reasoning Activities for High School
Deductive reasoning is not a skill high school students always get excited to practice. However, if you apply a little creativity you can get your students to practice their deductive reasoning in challenging activities.
24. Inductive Reasoning Activities & Games
Teaching inductive reasoning to students is not always easy. Students may resist it, while teachers with heavy workloads may not want to take the time for it. However, inductive reasoning can be taught in all subjects with a variety of fun, easy activities.
25. Using Bells in the Classroom
This lesson will discuss how and why a teacher might choose to use a bell in the classroom. It can be useful for attention-getting, cueing transitions, and settling students in the classroom, all while lessening the effort required from the teacher.
26. Activities for Substitute Teachers
Being a substitute can be complicated, and it is helpful to have some activities in your back pocket to get you through the day. The activities in this lesson are organized by age level and designed to support substitute teachers.
27. Closing Strategies In The Classroom
If you are curious about closing strategies in the classroom, check out the lesson. We will examine closing strategies and look at three solid examples of how to implement them.
28. Instructional Strategies for Whole Group Discussion
In this lesson, we will discuss some instructional strategies for hosting a classroom discussion that involves the whole group rather than a few outspoken students. These discussions should be productive and substantive, using one of several lesson plan strategies.
29. Substitute Teaching Tips for Elementary School
In this lesson, we will talk about some tips for substitute teaching in the elementary classroom. We will cover materials and activities as well as instructional methods to assist elementary substitutes.
30. Active Learning Strategies for Adults
In this lesson, we will look at some characteristics of adult learners and the strategies recommended for providing adult students with an active learning approach.
31. Focus Games for Adults
Are you working to expand your attention span or that of adult learners with whom you work? This lesson offers a series of different games that will help adults learn to focus better and monitor their own capacity for concentration.
32. Spatial Reasoning Games for the Classroom
As students develop their spatial reasoning skills, they are better able to navigate the world. Use these activities to engage your students in fun spatial reasoning games and activities.
33. Authentic Assessment: Tools & Strategies
Traditional assessments provide good data, however the need for authentic assessment is more urgent in the 21st Century. Authentic assessment tools and strategies allow students to apply learning to real-world situations and help teachers track progress over time.
34. Movement Activities for the Classroom
Help your students stay motivated and engaged by creating opportunities for them to get up and moving during the school day. These suggestions will help your students exercise, stretch, and have fun!
35. Jeopardy Games for the Classroom: Rules & Template
Are you looking for a great review game that covers many important facts about a certain topic? Look no further! Jeopardy is a fun, engaging game format to help students review necessary information before a test or quiz.
36. Integrated Curriculum Lesson Plan
In this lesson plan, students will learn about designing integrated lessons. They will analyze an informational text and will demonstrate learning by developing interdisciplinary and multidisciplinary ideas.
37. Importance of Including Assessments in Lesson Planning
After watching this video lesson, you will understand just how important it is to include assessments as part of your lesson planning. Learn why it is crucial to test your students' understanding during the lesson and afterwards.
38. Effective Lesson Plans: Characteristics & Elements
Writing lesson plans can be an overwhelming task at times. This lesson provides a guide to effective lesson planning. Learn about techniques, examples, and how to build a plan that benefits the educator and students.
39. How to Write a Lesson Plan Objective
The learning objective is one of the key components in any lesson plan. In this lesson, learn how to set effective objectives by identifying the skills and knowledge students will have by the end of the lesson and maximizing your ability to measure your teaching efficacy.
40. Genius Hour Project Ideas
Genius Hour was first created by Google to give employees time to pursue their professional passions. Adapting this to schools, it means letting students freely pursue something that interests them.
41. Gingerbread Man Disguise Project Ideas
Primary students will love helping one of the most beloved fairytale characters disguise himself from the fox. These projects help students connect to the story through hands-on activities.
42. Board Game Project Ideas
Before the advent of computer games and video games, board games were a staple of American family life. This lesson provides educators with six fun projects that will familiarize their students with how to negotiate some classic board games.
43. Problem-Based Learning Project Ideas
Problem-based learning is instruction designed around discovering collaborative solutions to complex challenges. These projects enable students to make cross-curricular connections as they devise creative answers.
44. Bottle Buddy Project Ideas
Bottle buddies are popular in many classrooms. These project ideas will give you some different options for how to make and use bottle buddies in your classroom.
45. Visual Project Ideas for English
Developing visual projects for an English course can allow for many opportunities to display reading concepts. The following individual project ideas are appropriate for both middle and high school students.
46. Cooperative Writing Activities
Cooperative writing is the method of encouraging students to work together as they complete written activities. For this lesson, cooperative writing activities have been developed that can be used with students of all ages.
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Other chapters within the Lesson Planning Ideas for Teachers course
- Peer Tutoring Resources
- Lesson Plan Templates & Examples
- Education Models in Lesson Planning
- Early Childhood Lesson Plan Templates & Examples
- Common Core Lesson Plan Templates & Resources
- Movie Lesson Plans & Classroom Resources
- Bell Ringer & Exit Slip Resources
- Project Rubrics
- Back to School Activities
- Field Trip Resources
- School Assembly & Event Ideas