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Three of my latest and greatest products bundled here to help make planning your lessons and assessments a breeze! Middle school and secondary mini-lessons, brain breaks, and assessments provide a well-rounded mixture of tools for you.
Perfect for your back-to-school toolkit! Use these ten customizable, standards-based mini-lessons at the beginning, middle, or end of class – plus, most can be extended for a full class. They are designed to last from 15-45 minutes each. These lessons are excellent hooks, discussion starters, rewards, re-engagement strategies, brain breaks, extended bellringers …you name it. Plus, they are print and go ready with step-by-step teacher's directions and tips. Learning targets are included.
Have your mini-lessons copied and ready-to-go when your class needs to break breakaway from what they’re doing or when you need a strong, standards-based short lesson. Plan ahead and use within your units. Whatever your strategy, I think you and your students will find these not-so-mini-lessons intriguing and thought provoking.
Save yourself hours and hours of time with these ready-to-go assessments, engaging activities, plus four multi-purpose scoring guides to use over and over. Includes 30 assessments, 10 self-assessments, and 4 scoring guides. This product is saved as a PDF (for quick and easy printing) and a PowerPoint (so that you can edit). Please note that some of the forms are saved as pictures, so, to edit, you will need to type a text box on top of it.
Write a Blog Post (detailed format & blank format)
Today’s Top 3 (exit slip or end-of-unit self-assessment)
Summary Graphic Organizer
Write 3 Test Questions
Visualize it – Draw it
Things to Improve Self-Assessment
Outline the Main Points (Includes Outline How-to)
Explain It to a First-Grader
My 3-Minutes of Metacognition
Role-Play an Interview
Create a Flow Chart
Create a True/False Test
Ways to Apply Learning to Future Me
News Report 1
News Report 2 (small group role play)
Create Chapter Titles (students assimilate and synthesize)
Used to Think – Now I Know
Graffiti Wall (partner or small-group activity)
Design a bumper sticker
Most Likely to Remember
This resource provides 47 pages of 12 detailed, how-to brain breaks with resources for your middle or high school class room. Perfect for all subjects. Some of these are designed to invigorate and some to relax teen minds.
When students’ minds become overloaded - brain breaks change the way their brains are functioning. These brain breaks can be used before, during, or after a lesson to enhance the learning experience. You can make them last for just a couple of minutes or broaden them to a mini-lesson. Some can be used over a few times to become a regular treat kids can look forward to. Also, use these as a springboard to think of extensions to create some of your own customized brain breaks.
For younger kids, brain breaks tend to focus on motor movement. More advanced teen minds respond to a broader range of activities, plus many teens are so self-conscious that asking them to do physical movements can be counterproductive. If physical movement is involved, it generally needs to be the right kind so as not to be potentially embarrassing to them. Contents include:
Creative Drama Game
Left/Right Brain Challenge: Working the Non-dominant Side
Two Truths and a Lie
Bambi Meets Godzilla
One-Stroke Animal Sketch
Sign Language Brain Break
Embrace the PSA
Zen Koan Puzzle
Ink Blot Test
Partner Air Writing
Deep Breathing - Three Sounds
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