Ep 110: Are You Making This Mistake At the Beginning of Your Units? - EB Academics

Ep 110: Are You Making This Mistake At the Beginning of Your Units?

How are you beginning your reading and writing units? Are you using KWLs? Vocab lessons? Or are you just plunging right in? Stop! There’s a better way. The beginning of every unit is a golden opportunity to activate students’ prior knowledge, introduce them to new key concepts, and, most importantly, get them excited about learning. If you don’t feel that your unit introductions check all three boxes, read on. 

Our EB approach to unit and lesson planning prioritizes student buy-in so that you can deliver rigorous lessons and get the results you want for your classes every time. Fortunately, you don’t need to spend hours to plan an engaging introductory lesson for your students. Introductory, or what we call “Into” lessons can be simple! 

Today, we share some of our favorite engaging “Into” lesson plan ideas that can be repurposed over and over again throughout the year so that your planning can be efficient, and your students will be excited to start each new unit. We also share why it is so essential to begin your units in this way. Listen in to get a lesson-planning formula that will save you time and get you better results! 

Tune in now to hear:

  • [00:50] All about “Into” lessons
  • [01:20] The benefit of beginning your units with engaging activities 
  • [02:40] The purpose of an “Into” lesson
  • [03:20] Some examples of simple into lessons that you can “rinse and repeat”
  • [08:30] Our challenge to you this week!

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Then, pick the date you’re going to teach it in your classroom, and sit back while you watch as your students show up to your classroom pumped about what the day holds…and gush about your class to their parents on the car ride home!

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