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Middle school and secondary mini-lessons, brain breaks, and assessments provide a well-rounded mixture of tools for you to use, time and again.
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Entertain and challenge your teens with this collection of mini-lessons, assessments, and brain breaks! Much of this is also great for sub plans.
This is my best-selling product! Use these thirteen 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 the page.
➛ 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)
➛ Concept Map
➛ Design a bumper sticker
➛ Most Likely to Remember
➂ BRAIN BREAKS:
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.
➛ 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
➛ Twenty Questions
➛ Partner Air Writing
➛ Deep Breathing - Three Sounds
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