Teacher Review for BetterLesson

A great website for free lesson planning resources!

Marla Kay D.
Classroom teacher
Forest Lake Education Center
Longwood, United States
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My Subjects English Language Arts
My Rating
Learning Scores
My Students Liked It Yes
My Students Learned Yes
I Would Recommend It Yes
Setup Time Less than 5 minutes
Great for Further application
Knowledge gain
Small group
Student-driven work
Teacher-led lessons
Whole class
Great with Advanced learners
Low literacy
Special needs
How I Use It
Wanting to locate more resources on comparison and contrast, I found an excellent unit plan in the Better Lesson website comparing and contrasting racing in different eras. I am able to use the pieces that would be appropriate for my students, and also differentiate based on student needs. I like the student work examples embedded in the lesson plan, as well as the teacher notes added to explain why this teacher selected the activity and methods in the unit plan. Also included in this plan were the texts used ( from Smithsonian.com) and video clips of racing examples from various time periods. Resources were also included for teachers to assist with student questioning.
My Take
Better Lesson is a great teaching tool to build up or increase a repertoire of teaching ideas and activities to assist in differentiation as well as lesson planning. I have found that many of the lessons or even parts of lessons the Master Teachers have uploaded are very useful.for my classes. I also like the community feedback option, in which teachers can ask questions they may have about pieces of the lesson plans. As with most planning resources, teachers can take what works for their own students or modify as necessary.