One of the projects that sat on my to-do list for the last year was writing a mini lesson list to provide to teachers. These would be topics appropriate for popping into the classroom to teach for about 15-20 minutes to help integrate information skills into classroom units. Or, teachers could request a longer session on the topic.
I never got around to it.
And then a few weeks ago a colleague said that she knew someone who had such a list. It was like hearing about sunken treasure! Through that connection I got a copy of a mini lesson list for middle school. Fabulous! Just as good as hidden gems.
With her inspiration I wrote my own list for elementary.
Usually, I just post things here for you to use, but I thought this might be a good topic to crowd-source. I’ve created a document on Google Drive that anyone can edit and add to. If you’re not comfortable with that, then sound off in the comments and I’ll add your ideas to the list. When the list looks ‘complete’ I’ll re-post it as a document to share!
Perhaps you’ll have ideas for the organization of this list. I wasn’t sure if I should break mine down by grade level or by topic.
I’ll get us started…..
- Book Talking: A classroom visit to preview a selection of books (topic of your choice) and show 2-3 book trailers. 15 minutes. Any grade.
- Keyword Searching: Students will learn and practice strategies for generating a list of keywords for a research topic. Demonstration of using keywords in a search engine. 20 minutes. 3rd, 4th, 5th.
- Password Safety: Discussion about the importance of passwords and privacy. Students will practice strategies for creating strong passwords. 15 minutes. 4th, 5th.
Ideally, I’d love love love to link these to standards. The Google Doc is a spreadsheet. If you have standards, please suggest them and we’ll get them added to the right column. Any state as well as AASL standards can be added.