Lesson Planning Aids/Time Savers: Mega Activity List

13 Feb

Time Saver: Activities List for Lesson Planning


If you make your own educational materials like me, you probably spend a lot of time wracking your brain with each and every product (lesson/unit, etc) trying to include a variety of  fun, creative, meaningful activities and trying to use as many different modes of learning (reading, writing, listening, speaking) and hands on activities as you can. Sound familiar? 


The following is a master list of activities that I made to use when planning lessons or units. 


My hope is that I can use this list it to quickly come up with ideas for activities to include in lessons. Sometimes after I‘ve made a lesson, I come across something that would have been great to use. Well, that will probably still happen, as this list is not all-inclusive (I guess it could never be), but I think it’s a great start.


I thought other fellow “lesson makers” would find it helpful. If you know of any other activities, please email and let me know so that I can add them to my list, insha Allah.






letters, words


identify the root or affixes in words; add affixes to form new words


find smaller words in bigger words


reflect upon a concept, give opinion of concept; give your own examples of a concept; relate info to a personal experience


apply this concept to real life


Give/find/id antonyms/synonyms /for given words

Belongs or not?

Which letter, word, picture does not belong?


Have student make a  blog or website/page pertaining to a subject studied; to record experiments, write about what has been learned.


how many words can you think of to fit a spelling pattern or category?

Clue/Riddle Game

give student clues, student must say, point to or write the words, or pictures that match


Have student color in pictures, words, letters, etc. (coloring pages, bubble font words and letters)

Compare items/concepts

orally or written

Comprehension questions

about a video/reading/audio (speech, lecture)

Connect the dots

numbers, letters (English, foreign language)


convert verbal or written info into mental or drawn images


for handwriting and/or grammar, usage, mechanics, memorization foci


glue (paper on paper, objects such as macaroni onto an outlined letter/word), paint,  paper mache, build, etc

Crossword puzzle


Cut and Paste

cut out and paste pictures in order, letters in order to form a word pictures/words to an outlined area, shapes to make a picture, etc


define vocabulary


Have student physically  show how to do something


Write what is said


make a picture dictionary book, make a word dictionary, glossary; look up guide words, definitions


role playing (act out situations, play restaurant for math),

Draw/Make diagrams/charts/tables

picture, diagram, tables, charts, graphs, illustrate a concept/process (by hand or on computer)

Filling out forms


Following directions

student must make or do something based upon oral or written directions

Flashcard/Review deck drills



reading board games, bingo, tic tac toe, ladder game, bang, concentration, card game based upon content, file folder games

Hidden picture

find words, objects. Letters, in a picture

Lapbook/shape books


Make up own test

have student create questions from material that could form  test questions


Match pictures to pictures, words to pictures, words to words, clues to pictures or words, words to their definitions or examples of


ayaat, etc

Missing/Fill ins

Supply what is missing:

·         Letter or letters

·         Words

Can have student supply missing letters in words/sentences and those missing letters should be unscrambled to form a word that ties in with the topic being studied



Have student make up acronyms to remember bits of information (sentences or words)

Multiple choice

choose from 2-4 possible answers


Summarize orally what was read or heard


Student takes notes from your/a lecture or book


Write the plurals of given words


create a powerpoint tutorial/book/interactive material for student, have student make a powerpoint presentation


words, sentences, paragraphs, math problem answers (proofread for punctuation, spelling, capitalization, correctness)


Visual – Identify letters, words, sentences by sight

·         Circle a target letter/word/sentence or picture

·         Point to a target letter/word/sentence or picture

Audio –Identify letters, sounds, words, sentences that are dictated (by person, by computer audio, tape/cd)



Read an article and outline it


during reading, form questions from the material (e.g. convert headings into questions, make questions from sentences read)

Picture recall

Show student a picture for a minute or so, take away and have student write what he/she can remember

Pronunciation drill

make sure student is saying words, ayaat correctly


Make a jigsaw puzzle out of a picture that student has to put together

Pyramid writing

Write target words in adding one letter at a time per line (in English or foreign language)





Quiz/check for understanding


read a word/sentence, draw a picture to match


recite words, sentences, ayaat. Structure lessons where student is asked a question (such as a definition or what something is) and recites the answer in complete sentences.

Repeated reading

select a short passage (around 100 words for older students, maybe sentences for younger students) and have student reread several times each day to build fluency



·         Letters

·         Numbers

·         Actions/events

·         Put in Alphabetical order

·         Words (E.g. put the surah names in order)


·         Fill in missing letter, number, word in a pattern


pictures, words (onto a sorting board or sort by writing)

sort into categories: e.g. parts of speech, things that _____, by use/function, by color, shape, a certain characteristic


·         Prepare/give a speech

·         Orally answer a question

Timed Games

how many words (in  a category) can you come up with in x minutes; how many things can you find in the picture


answer if true/false; orally or written


Let student type words, letters, sentences on computer


Unscramble letters, words, sentences and put in order

Word Search

·         Use a word bank or clues for word search puzzles

·         find letters,  concept words in real life print (labels, books)—write them or cut them out and paste them


give a worksheet with varied of activities from this list or focus on just one activity


Handwriting  focus

Speed contest (how many times can you write a letter/word/sentence in a given amount of time)

Compose sentences based upon grammar concept, a certain theme/concept

Creative Writing (letter, brochure, RAFT)

Summarize (a reading selection, what you did t his week/what you learned this week/today); write a letter/email to family member summarizing what was learned

Expository (how to, informational/explain)




Write a caption to a picture; write about a picture

Write a paragraph based upon an outline

Write words, letters in sand, rice, with modeling clay, string (cursive)

Write a short story using vocabulary/spelling words

Write with your other hand

Write on someone’s back with your finger and guess what was written or drawn

write with pens, markers, crayons, paint brush

respond to prompts

journal writing

write a story/make a book for a younger student


If you’d like a printable copy, try this: homeschooling_lesson_activity_list

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