5 ways to leverage LearnZillion’s Downloadable Slides

Here are 5 tips for customizing LearnZillion’s lesson video slides in ways that serve your classroom needs.

Thousands of teachers across the country use our short instructional videos to help students learn. Many have found that customizing the associated downloadable slides are a great way to turn the 5-minute video into an instructional engine for their whole class period.

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Read on to learn how to customize downloadable slides in ways to meet your classroom needs

These are the top five ways teachers are taking advantage of LearnZillion’s downloadable lesson slides:

1. Whole class instruction: use slides to help guide whole group instruction

Whole Class Instruction

Slides, presented to a class in Indiana

2. Practice: use slides to create practice problems and worksheets for students

Worksheets, created from practice problems on LearnZillion

Worksheets, created from practice problems on LearnZillion

3. Manipulatives: turn visuals into manipulatives for hands on work

A manipulative, created by a teacher in Maryland

Manipulative, created by a teacher in Maryland

4. Anchor Charts: turn visuals into posters to remind students what was taught

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Chart, turned into a poster for a third grade class

5. Google Presentations: turn slides into an online virtual discussion between students

Google Presentation

Presentation, created by an elementary teacher

Here’s a quick slideshow that walks you through the options, step by step.

Check out our library of thousands of video lessons today.

Do you have other ideas for how to customize slides? Leave a comment below.

Literacy Office Hours with David Liben pt. 2

This is the second of three office hours hosted by David. View the first office hours here.

David Liben, of Student Achievement Partners, shares a wealth of tips and resources to help prepare your students for the Common Core ELA standards.

RESOURCES

Reading Strategies and Close Reading

  • “Rethinking Reading Comprehension Instruction,”  by McKeown, Beck, and Blake, is a study that compared the effects of content instruction (using text-dependent questions) to the effects of strategies instruction, and found that content focused instruction had greater benefits.
  • Cognitive Scientist Daniel Willingham’s Blog,  presents research and describes the danger of excessive focus on comprehension strategies.

Examples of Rich Complex Text

Examples of good questioning technique:

Using Basal Readers

  • This lesson bank offers Common Core-aligned replacement lessons for basals published before the Common Core (pre-2010).
  • To learn more about or join the group that created these lessons, the Basal Alignment Project (BAP), click here.
  • There are lots of new resources that say they’re Common Core-aligned.  Use the Publisher’s Criteria to evaluate whether they are really aligned to the Standards.   If IMET is on atc we could use that as well.

Read Alouds

  • Model Read Aloud lesson for K-2 classrooms, based on the poem, The Wind, available here.
  • K-2, teachers all over the country are also working to create Common Core-aligned Read Aloud lessons, through the Read Aloud Project.  Access the resources they create or join the group through Edmodo, using the group access code: pkx52i

Volume of Reading and Vocabulary

  • Long-term reading success depends on not just close reading, but also on volume of reading.
  • This article by Marilyn Jager Adams in American Educator explains how a series of texts on related topics is the fastest way to grow the vocabulary needed to access complex text.  She also cites research by Thomas Landauer showing the powerful relationship between volume of reading and vocabulary growth.

Guided Reading

Like what you’ve seen? Sign up here for our next Literacy Office Hours on April 9th, 2014.

Also, check out our post on 4 tips for aligning your ELA lessons to the Common Core and 3 tips for approaching close reading.

Parent Resources: 4 Ways to Support Your Child’s Learning with Instructional Videos

Parents: Are you eager to help support your child’s learning at home? Could you use a refresher on a few concepts yourself? Take heart! LearnZillion’s free video lessons for students in grades 2-12 are here for you. Here are just a few ways our high-quality lesson content can help you at home:

Supporting Learning at Home

 

1. Create a consistent instructional environment for your child

Use teacher-assigned video lessons to help your child receive regular support and reinforcement from all the adults they know. Kids really benefit from consistent messaging and multiple exposures to new concepts (eg: multiplication).

 

2. Refresh your own understanding of difficult concepts

Refer to LearnZillion videos to help your child understand difficult concepts, such as dividing fractions, identifying equivalent ratios, or analyzing an author’s use of rhetoric. The two-to-five minute lesson videos break down tricky concepts step-by-step. If you decide to watch along with your child, pause or re-watch the video at key moments so that your child can develop his or her own solution before seeing the answer modeled.

 

3. Get a deeper understanding of your child’s curriculum

Get a window into the concepts your child is tackling in the classroom. LearnZillion video lessons provide transparency around the Common Core for teachers and parents alike. Lesson sets describe one teacher’s interpretation of an entire standard, and each lesson video gives an up-close view of a specific concept within a standard. (Tip: Have the Common Core Standards laid out for you by looking at the Common Core Navigator.)

 

4. Supplement as practice work

Is your child ahead of the school curriculum? Our videos help both struggling learners, and those who are ready for more, build their knowledge and understanding of new concepts. Our lesson sets allow you to see how a concept progresses in complexity within a standard, and by exploring lessons from other grade levels, you can provide  your child with a rigorous and exciting learning environment at home.

Have other ideas you’d like to share? Let us know by commenting below.

To learn more about other creative ways that teachers are using our instructional videos, check out 9 Ways to use LearnZillion With Students.