Teachers and families across the country have been under immense stress approaching a different kind of instruction over the last year and a half, and worrying about how it has affected our students. While focusing on health and safety is always a top priority, as students return to the classroom this year, we may need to broaden that focus and prepare them with an accelerated learning approach.
But as educators, we are not only concerned about academics, but also about mental health, and to ensure students flourish upon their return, it is important we look at the whole child. In this 14-lesson plan eBook, created in partnership with Cathy Henry of The Curriculum Corner and Free Word Work, we've put together a variety of lessons and activities for K-12 students, including those in special education classrooms, to work towards project-based, student-driven learning designed to help combat the academic impact of lost instructional time.
Our goal is to provide the tools and resources necessary to set students up for success as they are welcomed back to a year of (hopefully) uninterrupted learning.
In this eBook, you'll find:
Seven lesson plan activities for general education classrooms with topics ranging from citing text evidence to biography walks to independent reading
Seven lesson plan activities for special education classrooms with topics ranging from daily schedules to social skills goals to expanding vocabulary
Downloadable posters, manipulatives, and worksheets to support engaged, project-based learning for all K-12 learners
We hope this piece is helpful to you as you welcome students back to the classroom and explore creative strategies for helping them learn valuable skills applicable to our great big real world.