Education is tough! Teachers are often pushed to achieve feats that they could never have dreamed were possible. So, how can they have extra time left over, when there is so much for them to do? Actually, under planning for a lesson is a common mistake. While committing this mistake is common, no teacher wants to commit it and then have their principal walk into their room, and there is nothing being done.
Thus, time killer lessons are crucial when a teacher is in a pinch and needs something to do that is easy and effective. Unfortunately, there is no book that explains good time killer lessons. Luckily for you, you have the benefit of this article and years of educator experience to rely upon.
Below are several time killer lessons and the classrooms that they are most applicable to. Try one, before the end of the year. You may be pleasantly surprised by the beauty of the lesson.
Used in ALL classrooms
Logic puzzles are a fun, fast and easy way to extend problem solving and critical thinking skills. These are perfect for Gifted and Talented classrooms, but can be used in all classes. You may want to begin with simple riddles like: There were two Americans waiting at the entrance to the British Museum. One of them was the father of the other one’s son. How could this be so? A Mind Benders or Perplexor book is perfect as well! Try several different types of puzzles in one packet.
Used in Language Arts and Reading Classes
Every student can use additional writing practice. Journals are a great way to practice writing and you do not need to put a lot of effort into creating them. If your students need help with creative writing, try leaving them a journal topic like “Finish the Story below” or “Write a story about this picture”. These creative topics are awesome for getting a student’s creative juices flowing. They will love making their own stories and being able to have few guidelines in their writing does a lot to boost writing skills.
Used in Gifted/ Talented and Math Classes
Math Dice can be bought from stores like Mindware.com or Barnes and Noble, for a little over $6.00. These dice are great for teaching problem solving and number sense skills. Students throw the dice and have to create the product of the two die that were rolled, out of three other die that are rolled. Basically, this game is like a smaller version of the classic math game, “24”. You students will love the competition and the problem solving fun.