lesson plans

Maintain momentum during school breaks with IXL

Free downloads for parents and teachers to make the most of time off

December 21, 2016

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At Home, In the Classroom
Maintain momentum during school breaks with IXL

As you count down the days until break begins, we’ve rounded up some ways you can use IXL to keep students’ skills sharp during their time off. Read on to download our two free guides for parents and teachers.

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Cultural Celebration Activities for Your Classroom

December 7, 2016

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In the Classroom
Cultural Celebration Activities for Your Classroom

The winter season is filled with opportunities to learn about cultural celebrations and bring some festive fun into your classroom. Whether you’re looking for lesson plan inspiration or holiday games and crafts, here’s a roundup of ideas for a full month of learning.

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NaNoWriMo Inspiration for Your Classroom

November 1, 2016

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In the Classroom
NaNoWriMo Inspiration for Your Classroom

It’s official: National Novel Writing Month is off and running! Dedicated to the novel writing process and all things literary, this program can help hone writing skills, encourage creativity, and introduce students to the fun of long-form publishing. Whether your class is ready to write full novels or you’d just like to incorporate the NaNoWriMo spirit into your lessons, read on for some ideas to get started.

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Democracy in Action: Free Election Lesson Plans for Grades 2-5

October 26, 2016

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In the Classroom
Democracy in Action: Free Election Lesson Plans for Grades 2-5

As November 8th approaches, now is the perfect time to teach students about the election process and how the U.S. government works. Bobbi Bear, an IXL Professional Learning Specialist, has put together two mini lesson plans for grades 2-5, available for download here!

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Free IXL Feedback Organizers for Math, ELA, Science & Social Studies

Develop more reflective students with these downloadable resources for grades 2–5.

October 17, 2016

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In the Classroom
Free IXL Feedback Organizers for Math, ELA, Science & Social Studies

We’re often told to learn from our mistakes, but it’s a hard lesson to absorb, especially for students. Despite reminders to read the feedback on their tests and assignments, students frequently zero in on the grade or plunge ahead to the next task. So to help develop reflective students, we’ve put together some downloadable resources that will help students get the most from their IXL practice.

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Press Play! Using Creative Educational Videos in the Classroom

September 28, 2016

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In the Classroom
Press Play! Using Creative Educational Videos in the Classroom

Incorporating videos into your classroom is a great way to energize your students and inspire new ways of learning. And in our interconnected, internet-filled world, there are all kinds of resources for fun videos that kids will want to watch again and again. Read on for tips on how to get the most out of your media experience, plus where to find the best content for your class.

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Lesson Planning Inspiration: Part 2

Back-to-school blog series #5

August 26, 2016

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In the Classroom
Lesson Planning Inspiration: Part 2

As you get back into the swing of school, it helps to hear how other teachers have approached lesson planning and what strategies they have to share. At IXL, we’re lucky to have a number of former teachers among our ranks, so we asked a few of them what advice they would give. Read on for their responses!

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Lesson Planning Inspiration: Part 1

Back-to-school blog series #2

August 15, 2016

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In the Classroom
Lesson Planning Inspiration: Part 1

Back to school is back in full force! It’s both overwhelming and exciting to start a new school year as you meet new students and plan out the year ahead. That’s why we’ve pulled lots of inspiration and ideas for new lesson plans to help you start the year on the right foot!

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Celebrate Earth Day with Free 3rd & 4th Grade Lessons Available for Download

April 8, 2016

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In the Classroom
Celebrate Earth Day with Free 3rd & 4th Grade Lessons Available for Download

The world is a wide and wacky place, and what better time to introduce students to some of its wonders than Earth Day! IXL Training Specialist Kelly Oh has created four lesson plans, which use IXL’s science content, along with other resources, to teach third and fourth graders about weather, climate, and animal traits and adaptations. The lesson plans, as well as related worksheets and rubrics, are all available for download here.

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Make the Most of EnVision Math with IXL Practice

EnVision Math/IXL Lesson Alignments Available to Download

March 10, 2016

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In the Classroom
Make the Most of EnVision Math with IXL Practice

Did you know IXL provides textbook alignments for the EnVision Math series? We talked with IXL Training Specialist Kelly Oh to get the inside scoop on how easy it is to incorporate IXL into your lesson plans! Read on to find out more about our alignments to each topic and lesson in EnVision Math and to download a sample lesson plan.

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