Kickstarting Your Classroom Community

Kickstarting Your Classroom Community
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The lessons in this unit teach seven main structures of the brain and their functions. In addition, the content helps to build a positive learning environment, where students feel safe collaborating and taking risks. All lessons are aligned to the Common Core State Standards (CCSS) and College and Career Readiness (CCR) anchor standards in English Language Arts. 

Kickstarting Your Classroom Community is a six-lesson, brain-compatible, CCSS and 21st century skills aligned unit designed to help you hook your middle-school kids into your classroom community and engage them in the school year. Our detailed lesson plans and PowerPoint help you support your kids in four major areas:

  • Establishing classroom norms
  • Creating a positive classroom culture with active listening strategies
  • Helping kids learn about seven main structures and functions of the brain that can be revisited throughout the school year.
  • Understanding various learning styles

The unit uses learning partners and teams, real-life performance tasks, videos, informational texts, visual texts, interactive journal, scenarios, and academic choices to help students make sense of new information and apply it to their own lives. 

All six lessons in this unit:

  • align to CCSS
  • follow rigorous, relevant, brain-compatible instructional, planning and assessment methods
  • culminate in a choice of performance tasks that reflect those found in Smarter Balanced Assessment Consortium (SBAC) and Partnership for Assessment of Readiness for College and Careers (PARCC)

Included with this item:

  • How and why we think this will help you and your students transition to CCSS
  • Elements of each lesson and a rationale for why we included each
  • A list of simple materials, resources, and classroom management strategies that would be helpful to have on hand while teaching the unit
  • Unit overview, or a one-page quick look at the entire unit
  • Lesson plans (six lessons total)
  • Appendix of all printable materials included in unit, including exit cards, articles, exemplars, images and rubrics

If you have any questions or comments, feel free to contact us; we love making new teacher buddies... and we hope you love our product! 

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