Lesson Ideas

Activities for all ages, CCSS-ready lesson plans, and more.

  • Grades: PreK–K, 1–2, 3–5, 6–8


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Grades 1-2: The Story of Math

Take a step across subjects by using much-loved children's books for real-world math activities.






PreK-K: Word Play

Make reading class feel like recess with hands-on activities for early learners.




PreK-K: The Rules of School

6 meaningful activities to teach manners and feelings to young learners. Plus, 4 great reads for a storybook approach to manners.




Activities to get kids ready for (safe) summer fun from Instructor Magazine.


PreK-K: Weather Wizards

Turn your students into junior meteorologists with science lessons about spring weather.



PreK-K: Celebrate Our Presidents

Make math, phonics, and music come alive with activities to commemorate Presidents' Day.



Pair books and activities to get kids thinking about habitat, hibernation, and migration.


PreK-K: Pumpkin Power!

Teach counting, sorting, and more with these pumpkin-themed activities.




PreK-K: Teaching Community

Teach community with truck rallies, pen pals, and more.



Grades 1-2


Grades 1-2: The Story of Math

Take a step across subjects by using much-loved children's books for real-world math activities.



Grades 1-2: Tricks of the Text

4 great activities to help students crack the code of nonfiction and introduce kids to informational texts and key text features.



Reflect on lessons learned and friendships made with activies that wrap up the year.



Grades 1-2: Poetry Lessons

Activities to celebrate National Poetry Month. Teach these poetic forms while encouraging collaborative learning.


Add some pizazz to your phonics instruction with these games.



Grades 1-2: Presenting Opinions

Kids have strong opinions about everything from school rules to the clothes they wear. Put their ideas to work writing persuasive pieces.



Grades 1-2: Raise a Hand for Reading

Get ready, get set, get reading—with these nifty activities.



Grades 1-2: Improv to Write

Are your young writers stumped when faced with a blank page? Spark their creativity with these improv exercises.



Grades 3-5



Grades 3-5: Brain Breaks

4 simple go-to activities to keep students calm, focused, and motivated in your classroom.




Grades 3-5: Getting to Know You

Use blogging, writing activities, and games to get acquainted.


Common Core-ready lesson plans to develop public speaking skills and get even your most camera-shy kids up on the podium.


Make science lessons fun with these hands-on experiments. What do fish, Alka-Seltzer, and chicken bones have in common? They're all part of science fun!

Pair fiction with nonfiction—and watch comprehension soar.



Grades 3-5: Count for a Cause

Math skills become that much more meaningful when students use them to do good.



Grades 3-5: Nose for News

The election season offers a fresh reason to incorporate current events into your lesson plans.



Grades 3-5: Dice Games that Build Math Skills

Your kids can become high rollers in math with these snappy dice games.


Grades 6-8

Grades 6-8: Take Note

Underline the importance of taking great notes with thoughtful activities for reading class.


Grades 6-8: Writers on Writing

Some of our favorite authors share their best advice for your middle school writers.


Celebrate the school year and keep students engaged with hands-on group projects.



Grades 6-8: Poetry Workshop

Give students the tools and inspiration to find their inner poets with lesson plans for National Poetry Month.


From Gabby Douglas to Mae Jemison Black History is alive with inspiring trailblazers! Pair rich activities with key "firsts" in black America.



Grades 6-8: 8 Great Ways to Get Kids Reading

Turn book-shy kids into some of your most avid readers.



Grades 6-8: Become a Math Superhero!

There’s a just-right activity for every kid’s learning superpower.





Grades 6-8: Pop Culture in the Classroom

Engage middle schoolers by bringing pop culture into your lesson plans.


Grades K-8


Tech-Savvy Teaching

25 teacher-tested lesson ideas to engage your digital natives.


Teaching with Complex Texts

Laura Robb shares six secrets for unlocking literacy instruction.


Math Class with Marilyn Burns

Math expert Marilyn Burns on embracing the Common Core practice standards to teach math more effectively.


How To: Create Common Core-Ready ELA Lessons

Teacher-tested ideas to help you meet the new ELA anchor standards.



Instructor's Ultimate Summer Book List

20 new titles to satisfy every interest and keep students reading all summer long. Download an easy-to-print PDF version to share with your students.



Pam Allyn's 5 Tips for Summer Reading

Key strategies to prevent the summer slide and help kids discover the power of a good book.



STEM: K-8 Engineering

As more K-8 programs focus on science, technology, engineering, and math, teachers are finding that chaos creates learning opportunities.



Common Core: Reading in Science Class

Bring literacy lessons into the science lab with CCSS-ready activities.
Activities support ELA Anchor standards.



Monet in Science Class?

Whether you're teaching science, social studies, or writing, integrating the arts will strengthen your curriculum and deepen students' understanding.


Your Core Concerns

You asked, we answered. Our experts weigh in on your biggest questions about ELA Common Core from informational texts to English Language Learners. 


Election Fever

Your students may not be able to vote (this time around!), but these activities will show them what it means to be a good citizen.


Common Core: Solve Math Problems

Help your students figure out why they aren't getting key math concepts.
John Tapper, author of Solving for Why, on making the most of CRA Assessments.


Common Core: Fact Vs. Fiction

Think informational text = boring? Reinvent your reading lessons with dinosaurs, artists, and geologists! Commonly asked questions about informational texts and the Common Core, plus a few lesson plans for inspiration.


Common Core: Victory is Yours

Stop worrying and love the Common Core with our tool kit of activities.
Lesson plans from fellow teachers help break down important CCSS benchmarks.


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