No Lesson Plan? We’ve Got You Covered.

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Cross Country Education
October 05, 2020 22:54 PM (GMT-04:00)
Substitute teachers face many challenges on any given day, but not having a lesson plan can pose the biggest one. Whether you are teaching virtually or in person, we wanted to share an idea that you can use repeatedly – each time you find yourself without a lesson plan.
Tip: For every new group of students, begin your time together with an icebreaker. This builds rapport and can set a positive tone.
This lesson idea is best suited for block periods, virtual or in-person classrooms.
Grade-level: 3-12
Objective: Students work collaboratively to review content 
Standards: CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.CCRA.SL.1 (Common Core Anchor Standard: appropriate for all subject areas)
Materials: textbook or assigned articles, paper and pencils (if in person)
  1. Divide the class in half by numbering the students off (1,2,1,2, etc.)
  2. Have each team come up with a team name.
  3. Give each team 20 minutes to come up with at least 10 questions to ask the opposing team by reviewing the textbook or assigned article.
    1. Questions can be multiple-choice, fill-in, or open-ended. Each team must also include the answer to the question.
  4. After 20 minutes, explain the activity:
    1. Each team takes turns asking one question at a time. The other team has up to 1 minute to agree upon an answer. 
    2. The teacher makes the final decision on whether a point is awarded for the answers.
  5. Reflection: If there is time, you can have the students write a paragraph about what they liked about the game and whether they felt the activity was useful in reviewing information.
Modifications for Virtual Instruction:
  • Split the students into break out rooms for each time they need to collaborate (to create a team name, to review text and create questions, to answer questions, etc.)
  • For access to online articles, use and select the specific subject for that class.
    • It may be helpful to choose an article designed for a lower grade level since it should be information they have already learned
Thanks for reading! We hope you find this lesson useful when you’re in a pinch! 
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