middle school

Out of This World: Free Space Travel Lesson Plan for Grades 6-8

May 18, 2017

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In the Classroom
Out of This World: Free Space Travel Lesson Plan for Grades 6-8

Are you still over the moon about the recent news that NASA has scoped out the largest batch of Earth-size, habitable-zone planets around a single star? Good news! You can celebrate this momentous discovery with a free space travel lesson plan for grades 6-8, created by Kelly Oh, an IXL Professional Learning Specialist. Read on for more details and to download the lesson.

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Teacher Appreciation Week: Our Favorite Teachers

May 11, 2017

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In the Classroom
Teacher Appreciation Week: Our Favorite Teachers

Teacher Appreciation Week is certainly cause for celebration, and though we IXLers are no longer in school, many of us have been lucky enough to be taught by educators who made a lasting impact on our lives. Read on for heartwarming stories about IXLers’ favorite teachers!

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2 new international year levels for IXL English!

Plus new math and science skills

May 1, 2017

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At Home, For Admins, In the Classroom
2 new international year levels for IXL English!

Breaking news: our early English content now spans the globe! We’ve expanded our English year levels in all of our international editions. And, we’ve added new skills for math and science. Keep reading for the full scoop on what’s new.

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A+ Ideas for Teacher Appreciation Week

April 28, 2017

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At Home
A+ Ideas for Teacher Appreciation Week

While it’s true that teachers deserve appreciation every day of the year, Teacher Appreciation Week (May 8-12) provides the perfect opportunity to honor the educators in your life. Kick off your week of gratitude with this roundup of creative gifts—from the practical and the edible, to no-cost and last-minute ideas.

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10 Ways to Celebrate Spring

April 18, 2017

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At Home
10 Ways to Celebrate Spring

It’s time to put away your winter coat and celebrate the arrival of sunny days, cheerful flowers, and all things spring! We’ve gathered a few ideas for a spring-ified to-do list that will guarantee family fun all season long.

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4 Ways to Celebrate Linguistic Diversity

March 23, 2017

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In the Classroom
4 Ways to Celebrate Linguistic Diversity

There are over 7,000 languages spoken in the world today, and over 300 of those are spoken in the U.S., so chances are your students speak some of them. Strategies for teaching ELLs often focus on learning English as quickly as possible, and once students master English, their native languages are often left at home. But rather than think of your classroom as a Tower of Babel, you can celebrate and recognize your students’ linguistic heritage while still moving towards English proficiency.

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Spring into Ecosystems with a Free Lesson Plan for 6th Grade

March 20, 2017

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In the Classroom
Spring into Ecosystems with a Free Lesson Plan for 6th Grade

Spring has officially sprung, so it’s the perfect season for some ecology-themed science lessons! Today, we’re bringing you a free lesson plan on ecosystems for 6th grade. Keep reading to get the details and download the lesson.

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The 2017 IXL Spring Learning Showdown Is Here!

Enter your class in our contest for the chance to win a prize!

March 13, 2017

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In the Classroom
The 2017 IXL Spring Learning Showdown Is Here!

Get ready! The annual IXL Spring Learning Showdown begins April 1st. Prepare for a month of learning by challenging your class to answer as many questions as they can for the chance to win a pizza party!

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Celebrate Pi Day with IXL!

A free download with activities to help your class master circles

March 10, 2017

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In the Classroom
Celebrate Pi Day with IXL!

The most irrational day of the year is fast approaching and we have lots of ideas for how you can celebrate 3/14 with your class. Bobbi Bear, an IXL Learning Resources Manager, is sharing activities for all grades that will help your students solidify their circle knowledge. Read on to get the details and to download the free lesson plan!

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How to Foster Self-Directed Learning in Your Classroom

Part 2 of a two-part series on self-directed learning

March 3, 2017

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For Admins, In the Classroom
How to Foster Self-Directed Learning in Your Classroom

Socrates said that “Education is the kindling of a flame, not the filling of a vessel.” It’s an apt metaphor for learning, but how exactly do you go about kindling those flames? Encouraging student agency is a great way to start! Read on for ideas of how to do so, and don’t miss last week’s post on the value of self-directed learning.

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