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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.

 

 

Task

Details

Alphabetize

letters, words

Affixes

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

Anagrams

find smaller words in bigger words

Analyze

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

Apply

apply this concept to real life

Antonym/synonyms

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

Belongs or not?

Which letter, word, picture does not belong?

Blog/Website

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

Brainstorming

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

Color

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

convert verbal or written info into mental or drawn images

Copywork

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

Craft

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

define vocabulary

Demonstrate

Have student physically  show how to do something

Dictation

Write what is said

Dictionary

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

Dramatic

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

 

Games

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

Matching

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

Memorization

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

 

Mnemonics

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

Multiple choice

choose from 2-4 possible answers

Narration

Summarize orally what was read or heard

Notetaking

Student takes notes from your/a lecture or book

Plurals

Write the plurals of given words

PowerPoint

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

Proofread

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

Recognition

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)

 

Outline

Read an article and outline it

Questions

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

Puzzle

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)

c

ca

cat

Quiz

Quiz/check for understanding

Read/draw

read a word/sentence, draw a picture to match

Recitation

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

Sequencing

Sequence:

·         Letters

·         Numbers

·         Actions/events

·         Put in Alphabetical order

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

Patterning

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

Sort

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

Speaking

·         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

True/false

answer if true/false; orally or written

Typing

Let student type words, letters, sentences on computer

Unscramble

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

Worksheet

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

Writing

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)

Persuasive

Descriptive

Narrative

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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