Best Practices in Instruction

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Jennifer Richards, Assistant Professor

You all know that one student…the one that isn’t engaged, totally checked out, and is just NOT having it. Join me on Monday, August 27 from 9:00 am – 3:30 pm as we explore effective instructional strategies to keep ALL students engaged both in and out of the classroom.

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Just in time for the new school year…Check out these new in-school club lesson plans!

  • W 545 Math Is Sweet – Beginner: 4th Grade
    • This lesson includes a hands-on demonstration of fractions with chocolate blocks. Students will group, add and subtract fractions with the manipulatives.
  • W 535 The Food We Eat – Beginner: 4th – 5th Grades
    • This lesson introduces students to the concept of food webs and food chains. Students explore producers, first-, second-, and third-level consumers and the roles those organisms play in an environment. Students also learn how all these organisms fit together to form a food web made up of smaller food chains.
  • W 546 Nobody Trashes Tennessee – Beginner: 4th – 5th Grades
    • Litter is a major environmental problem worldwide, and the latest “Nobody Trashes Tennessee” campaign from the Tennessee Department of Transportation empowers citizens to make positive changes in their communities to create a safer, more beautiful state.
  • W 539 Cyber Security – Beginner: 4th – 5th Grades
    • This lesson focuses on the importance of being safe while online. Youth are spending more and more time online, and it is important for them to have a solid knowledge of how to deal with certain situations should they arise while surfing the world wide web.
  • W 544 Public Safety – Beginner: 4th – 5th Grades
    • In this lesson, students learn about three different areas of public safety: what to do if they are being kidnapped, the role of a police officer, and public safety trivia. Students gain valuable knowledge related to these areas and learn how to respond if they are ever in a public safety emergency.
  • W 548 ABCs of Personal Safety – Beginner: 4th – 5th Grades
    • Students face unsafe situations in their daily lives, and it is important for them to know the characteristics of safe adults in their lives to whom they can report dangerous situations. Knowledge of self-protection skills can help children stay safe when they feel threatened.
  • W 540 I Bring This to the Table – TIPPs Lesson Beginner: 5th Grade
    • In this lesson, students gain an understanding of the importance of themselves and what skills and traits they bring to different situations. Students identify positive skills and attributes as well as areas in which they can improve. This lesson is 4th in the 5th Grade TIPPS for 4-H Curriculum.
  • W 541 Team Work Makes the Dream Work – TIPPs Lesson Beginner: 5th Grade
    • Students work in teams to complete several small tasks related to defining teamwork and then create an achievable goal and action plan for completing their goal as a team. This lesson serves as a good reinforcement for the Goals, Goals, Goals lesson in the 5th Grade TIPPs curriculum set.
  • W 547 Coupon Clipping – Beginner: 5th Grade
    • This lesson gives real-life applications for adding and subtracting decimals and using mental math. In this lesson, students will group, add and subtract monetary decimals.
  • W 542 Experimental Design – Intermediate: 6th – 8th Grades
    • This lesson introduces students to the concepts of experimental design and variables within a scientific experiment. Students have the opportunity to design a classroom experiment and identify different variables within their experiment.
  • W 486 Let’s Be Supportive – TIPPs Lesson Intermediate: 6th- 8th Grade
    • Having an opinion is one thing, being able to support that opinion with reason over emotion is another. In this lesson, students are allowed to explore this process in a controlled environment where they are free to make mistakes and learn from their mistakes.
  • W 538 What’s That Line? – TIPPs Lesson Intermediate: 7th- 8th Grade
    • We have all heard the phrase, “You never get a second chance to make a first impression.” In this lesson, students explore the importance of making a positive first impression while having the chance to read and interpret opening lines from characters and quotes from famous individuals.
  • W 529 Name That Character Trait – TIPPs Lesson Intermediate: 7th- 8th Grade
    • When authors create characters, they take great care in naming them. There is much more to the name of a character than just what we call them; the name in many ways describes them. This lesson explores the traits that help make characters in literature come alive.