5 minutes to powerful whole class instruction

Thousands of teachers use LearnZillion every day to help their students learn.  But how do they do it? How can a 5 minute math or ELA video lesson help to drive high quality Common Core instruction? These teachers think of LearnZillion lessons as orange juice concentrate: they’re short but if you add water – in the form of questions, practice problems, and tasks – they expand into an amazing whole lesson.  In other words, these lessons are a perfect starting point for their whole class planning and instruction.

How LearnZillion Works

Each lesson on LearnZillion has been created by a member of our Dream Team directly from the language of the Common Core State Standards. As a result, every lesson is grade-level appropriate, visual, and focused on explaining the concepts at the heart of a standard.  In other words, it’s dense with high-quality, easy-to-understand Common Core content.  It’s also practical – each lesson comes with a set of power point slides that can be downloaded and customized to your particular class.

Learn how to customize downloadable slides

Learn how to customize downloadable slides


Turning LearnZillion concentrate into juice

Here are a few tips from our community about how to turn our short videos into powerful whole class instruction:

  1. Add stopping points and questions to the video lesson.  For example, stop at the “Common Misunderstanding” part of the video lessons and ask, “why do you think students make that mistake?”
  2. Use the guided practice and extension activities at the end of many of our slides as a basis for in-class practice.
  3. Personalize and customize LearnZillion’s downloadable slides to create practice worksheets (see 5 ways to leverage LearnZillion’s Downloadable Slides for more ideas)

For more ideas, check out the lesson plans we’ve developed for the essential 3rd-8th grade math standards, or watch this engaging video discussion with Nick Pyzik, an elementary school teacher and math coach at Tuscarora Elementary School in Ballenger Creek, Maryland. Nick gives specific examples about how he uses LearnZillion to streamline his own planning, reflects on student reactions to using LearnZillion lessons in the classroom, and shares how he’s using LearnZillion as a coach.

Ways to use LearnZillion


What else can you do with the lessons?

When LearnZillion lessons are the building blocks for whole class instruction, it’s even easier to use them for differentiation, for homework, or for parent engagement. Students will benefit from that direct link to what happened in class, and parents can finally make sense of the standards-driven shifts. Administrators, too, are using LearnZillion Premium as the backbone of a digital Common Core curriculum, and to help drive high-quality professional development.


Stay in touch!

We like to help all our users benefit from ideas and discoveries, so thanks in advance for sharing your experiences and advice for using LearnZillion with us!

Assign to students: ELA

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This video is the fourth in a series of five tutorials on how to create a class, assign students Common Core content and track student progress on LearnZillion.com.



Assign a video lesson

  1. **Note: you must first create a class on LearnZillion before assigning students content. Learn how to do this by clicking here.
  2. Find your lesson: type a lesson title, topic or Common Core standard into either of the search barsScreen Shot 2014-03-10 at 2.07.13 PM
  3. Click into the lesson you would like to assign
  4. Click the Screen Shot 2014-03-10 at 2.09.32 PM button in the upper lefthand corner of the video lesson
  5. Enter a due date
  6. Choose to assign to either your entire class or individual students
  7. Click done – you have now assigned that lesson

Assign a video playlists

  1. **Note: you must first create a class on LearnZillion before assigning content to students. Learn how to do this by clicking here.
  2. Click classes in top left corner, click into your respective class.
  3. Hover over the drop-downScreen Shot 2014-03-03 at 8.27.24 PM, and click “Assignments”
  4. Click “+New Assignment”
  5. Search and filter the assignment library by grade level and subject Screen Shot 2014-03-10 at 2.21.52 PM
  6. Select a playlist (a selection of videos that cover a specific standard) by hovering over said resource and clicking “select”. You can also preview each assignment before you assign it.
  7. After you select all desired assignments click the assign button Screen Shot 2014-03-10 at 2.27.28 PM .
  8. Select a due date, choose the class and/or student(s) to whom you like to assign the assignment, and click done – you have now assigned that quiz and/or playlist.

Student view

When your students log in, they will see their assigned assignments. They can click into each assignment, complete it in full, or complete part, save and finish the rest later.

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Student view

Track student progress

Learn how to do this in the next video …

Addition resources

Each ELA lesson set comes with additional resources. Consider printing these out or sharing them with students. Possible resources include:

  • Anchor texts that you can download and distribute to students (most lesson sets)
  • Read aloud videos (some lesson sets)
  • Printable assessments (some lesson sets)

Access these by clicking into and/or by previewing an assignment:

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ELA lesson set page


Click below to watch more:

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