Getting Started with Projects and Activities

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What is the Difference Between a Project and an Activity?

Projects

NextLesson Projects are specifically designed to connect to the real-world and are compatible with a project-based learning environment. Projects include our Key Components inspired by the Buck Institute for Education’s Essential Project Design Elements.  

Projects are available for ELA, Math, Science, and Social Studies in grades K-12. Check them out!

Activities

NextLesson Activities are real-world inspired lessons that challenge students to go deeper with a skill or concept. They are designed to take less time than a project but do contain some of the elements of Projects, such as reflecting on work.

Activities are available for ELA, Math, Science, and Social Studies in grades K-12. Check them out!

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Getting Started with Rank & Reason

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Why Use Rank & Reason in Your Classroom?

Rank & Reason is a discussion tool that can be used with students to focus academic discussion and bring it to a more challenging level. It is best used with a partner, but can be quite successful when used individually in preparation for discussion, as well as in a group.

With this tool, students will practice the critical thinking skills of analysis, reasoning and justification, and communication as they work through a Rank and Reason prompt.  From simple prompts asking about group skills to more complex analysis of an author’s intent, students rank importance and significance, defend their ideas, compare their rankings with other students, and communicate their final thoughts.

Rank & Reason’s are available for ELA, Math, Science, and Social Studies in grades K-12. Check them out!

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Getting Started with Performance Tasks

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Why use Performance Tasks in your classroom?

NextLesson’s Performance Tasks require students to apply standards-based skills in a real-world context, using real data or information. Our tasks use engaging topics that students care about such as sports, music, books, movies, and more. They will increase in cognitive demand – DOK level – as the student works through the task.

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Setting Up Your Class with Class Manager

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Why do you need to set up classes on NextLesson?

NextLesson’s interactive platform includes some very useful supports and features – text to speech, auto grading, editing, reading levels, etc. In order to assign lessons for students to complete online and take advantage of these interactive features, you first must create a class within your NextLesson account and then have students sign up for NextLesson and join your class. Once set up, you will easily be able to assign lessons to students to complete online.

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