Getting Started with Skill Builders

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Why Use Skill Builders in Your Classroom?

Skill builders are real-world inspired lessons that focus on the practice of a key skill. They are designed for students to engage in independent practice over one class period. However, many also include teacher guidance to introduce an instructional element.

Real World Skill Builders follow one of several formats:

Essentials

Students answer questions and undertake tasks in a real-world scenario or relating to a real-world topic. The focus is on repeated practice of a skill.

Available in Math grades K-3 and ELA grades K-6. Check them out!

Choose Your Own Adventure

Students answer questions focused on a skill in math. After each result, they gain a piece of information to help them determine the location of a mystery country.

Available in Math grades 6-12. Check them out!

Crime Scene Decoders – Whodunnit

Students answer questions focused on a skill in order to piece together clues and solve a crime.

Available in Math grades 3-12 and ELA grades 7-12. Check them out!

Crime Scene Decoders

Students answer challenging questions built around a traditional unit of content. After solving each crime scene, they are able to determine who committed the crime.

Available in Math grades 3-12. Check them out!

Person Puzzles

Students answer questions focused on a skill in order to gather information about an important and influential person.

Available in Math grades 3-12. Check them out!

STEM-ersion

Students encounter a single real-world challenge in which they have to make a decision or recommendation after an analysis of the evidence.

Available in Math grades 9-12. Check them out!

Are Skill Builder Editions Available?

NextLesson builds multiple editions of some Skill Builders to offer students and teachers options. The lesson standards, premise, and structure stay the same, but the topic changes to reflect each edition.

For example, Superhero Shape Attributes is a 1st-grade math Essential in which students identify defining and non-defining characteristics of simple shapes. Students can practice this skill in the context of their favorite superhero, which changes depending on the edition.

Superhero Shape Attributes Editions:

  • Batman
  • Captain America
  • Flash
  • Iron Man
  • Mr. Incredible
  • Superman

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