Lesson Ideas

Teachers often do a fantastic job of taking others’ ideas and making them their own. Sometimes seeing how someone else presents an idea, organizes a lesson or designs plans to meet students’ needs and interests


| Grades 3-10 | RIT 171-230 |
  • Match events to their outcomes
  • Can be used many times throughout the year with different texts
Blog Post:
“Lunch Choices and
Eat Your Greens”
January 2, 2013

| Grades 3-12 | RIT 171-230+ |
  • Students identify facts and write a fact-based summary of an article that includes or evokes strong opinions.
Blog Post:
“Lesson Idea:
Fact and Opinion”
August 2, 2012

| Grades 2-10 | RIT 171-220 |
  • Identify the most important ideas in a piece of text and the details that point to those ideas
  • Summarize
Blog Post:
“Lottery Winners – Leveled Reading Articles”
April 2, 2013

| Grades 3, 6-8 | RIT <171-220 |
  • Students identify and defend the beginning, middle and end events in a story or article
  • Fiction or nonfiction
Blog Post:
“Penguin Movie”
April 2, 2013

| Grades 3, 6-8 | RIT <171-220 |
  • Students line up strips of paper with events from a story
  • Could also be used with nonfiction


| Grades 2-7 | RIT <161-210 |
  • If A=1¢, B=2¢, C=3¢, etc., students estimate/predict and calculate the value of words.
  • Note: Can also be used on 5-10 minute blocks as an Anchor Activity or to use class time before the bell rings.
Blog Post:
Lesson Idea: $1 Math
August 23, 2012

| Grades 2-6 | RIT 161-230 |
  • Three Levels of “Jeopardy”-style games
  • Can be used with small groups or with a whole class
Blog Post:
“Ways to Involve All Students in Class Games”
May 24, 2013

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