Lesson Plan Boosters are guides for discussions you can use to liven things up in the classroom. Discussions might center around student social-emotional health, popular culture or current events, but all are guaranteed to be of interest to students.
Boosters allow you to integrate a change-of-pace activity that will not disrupt coverage of standards-based content. With background information and options for questions that allow you to choose the direction of the conversation, Boosters are a great way to build positive connections with your students, improve school climate and enhance achievement.
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Lesson Plan Booster: Was Einstein Wrong?
Discuss with students how recent findings concerning the unique gravitational interaction of three dead stars have the potential to poke holes in Einstein’s famous theory.
Lesson Plan Booster: Predicting the Future
Help students use critical thinking to imagine what was in the minds of early 20th-century people, and to predict what the future might hold.
Lesson Plan Booster: Surprising Origins of Modern-Day Christmas Traditions
Students explore the rich diversity of cultural and religious inspirations that make up many American Christmas traditions. They also take the opportunity to reflect upon their own December holiday customs.
Lesson Plan Booster: Awesome Stuff That Really Exists in Space
In the vast reaches of space, there are untold numbers of strange things, many of which we can’t possibly imagine. Yet scientists today are painting a clearer picture of what really exists out there, and modern technology is making it all possible.
Lesson Plan Booster: Digital Literacy and Online Ethics
To students, the Internet can seem like a space where “anything goes.” People can seemingly say or post whatever they like, without any negative consequences. In the absence of face-to-face contact, young people in particular tend to lose their inhibitions and do or say things they would not in “real life.”
Lesson Plan Booster: Is Truth Stranger Than Fiction?
Students will be able to see how real-life experiences help an author to shape a fictional character he or she is creating.
Lesson Plan Booster: History of the Coup
Spice up high-school history class by examining how coups have shaped the political landscape.
Harry Potter Inspires: How Does Social Change Happen?
Students in grades 8-12 see the history of American social activism reflected in the Harry Potter saga.
Harry Potter Inspires: Character Sketch for a New Wizard
In this writing and literature lesson for grades 5-8, students create a new character that would fit into the wizard world.
Harry Potter Inspires: A Quest for Wizardly Efficiency
Math, map reading and critical thinking skills take center stage as kids in grades 3-6 plan a series of tasks in order to help a friend who’s fallen victim to a curse.
Harry Potter Inspires: Design a Wizard Sports Team
In this lesson for grades K-2, students use creativity, reasoning and language skills to develop a new sports team.