lesson plans

4 strategies to foster collaboration in the classroom

January 21, 2020

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In the Classroom
4 strategies to foster collaboration in the classroom

Long gone are the days where desks are lined up in perfect rows, classrooms are silent, and teachers lecture for the entire class period. Today’s classrooms are placing more emphasis on collaborative learning—giving students opportunities to work together, learn from one another, and develop their communication skills.

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Keep the (snow)ball rolling with learning on IXL during snow days

November 19, 2019

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In the Classroom
Keep the (snow)ball rolling with learning on IXL during snow days

Snow days come in two flavors: the expected big-storm-coming-your-way days and the unexpected-phone-call-at-5-am days. Whichever situation you find yourself in, every snow day means one less day in the classroom. The good news is, whether these days are expected or unexpected, you can use IXL to keep students learning even when they’re not in their desks.

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Día de los Muertos: Free Lesson Plan for Grades 2-3

October 25, 2019

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In the Classroom
Día de los Muertos: Free Lesson Plan for Grades 2-3

Día de los Muertos is almost here and we’ve got the perfect way to celebrate: a free lesson plan for grades 2-3! These activities will help students expand their cultural knowledge and understand the history and traditions behind the holiday. Read on to get into the spirit of the season and download the lesson.

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National Poetry Month: Free ELA Lesson Plans for Grades 3-8, 9-12

grades 3-8, grades 9-12

March 20, 2019

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In the Classroom
National Poetry Month: Free ELA Lesson Plans for Grades 3-8, 9-12

Ready to get poetic? We’ve created a free lesson plan for grades 3-8 and 9-12 just in time for National Poetry Month! Read on for more on our ode to poetry and to download the lesson!

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What’s the Main Idea: Free ELA Lesson Plan for Grades 6-8

November 9, 2018

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In the Classroom
What’s the Main Idea: Free ELA Lesson Plan for Grades 6-8

Need some lesson plan inspiration to get you to winter break? Want to expand your cache of ELA lesson plans? We have you covered! We’ve put together a free 3rd-6th grade lesson plan that will help students understand the concepts of main ideas and supporting details. Read on to get the details and download the lesson.

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Mastering the Multi-Grade Classroom with IXL

A Case Study of Freeman Academy in Freeman, South Dakota

June 18, 2018

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In the Classroom
Mastering the Multi-Grade Classroom with IXL

Karla Rupp, an elementary teacher at Freeman Academy, faced a challenge in effectively teaching her multi-grade classroom. She wanted to meet the needs of her first, second, and third graders, but it was difficult to cover all of their curriculum while still meeting each student’s individual needs. Her solution was IXL, which allowed her to differentiate instruction and navigate a myriad of standards – and, within months, Karla’s students were thriving and showed considerable academic growth.

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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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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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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. We’re 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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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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