Double Duty Lesson Plans

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Double duty lesson plans let you hit two different subject areas at once. Instead of segregating instruction, think of ways to integrate learning every day.

Ms. Sneed Runs Short on Time

Our favorite fourth grade teacher, Ms. Sneed, groaned. “How can I squeeze more into my overcrowded day?”

“Sounds like you need to do double duty,” responded her co-teacher, Mr. Frank.

“What?”

“Double duty occurs whenever you integrate two subject areas. Sort of like interdisciplinary units – without the unit part.”

Ms. Sneed looked puzzled.

The Power of Double Duty Instruction

“It’s a teaching mindset. To get the most bang for your buck, look for multiple learning opportunities in every lesson. That way, you can reinforce two – or even three – concepts at once.”

Ms. Sneed nodded thoughtfully.

“Let’s talk about the plant activities we’re starting next week. During the flower dissection lab, we ask kids to measure. Therefore, they’re doing science and math in the same lesson.”

“Double duty,” murmured Ms. Sneed.

When you teach science, do double duty! Pull in math for integrated learning experiences.

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Finding Opportunities for Double Duty Teaching & Learning

“I get it now,” said Ms. Sneed.

“When I began teaching, my mentor explained it to me,” said Mr. Frank. “Now it’s become a metacognitive habit. As I plan, I look for ways to bring in more than one standard. It’s improved my teaching greatly.”

He continued, “You already do it. Think about it. When have you integrated two concepts in one science lesson?”

STEM activities come to mind. I know those combine science, technology, engineering, and mathematics.”

“Go on,” coaxed Mr. Frank.

“I included an informational reading passage in my light lesson plans.”

Integrate science and reading to maximize instructional time in your classroom.

“And I use a research project to teach animal adaptations. That integrates writing and science.”

Add some research to your science unit! That way, you get a double duty lesson plan.

“See? You’re doing it.”

“Yes, but I could do it much more. I can see what you’re saying. If I used more double duty activities, I could maximize my time.”

“And be less stressed,” said her teammate.

Ms. Sneed smiled. “I’ll try it.”

Enjoy Teaching

Over the course of her career, Ms. Sneed realized that there were 6 steps to enjoy teaching. In order to survive, she had to organize, plan, and simplify. Then, to thrive, Ms. Sneed needed to learn, engage, and finally – dive in! Follow the Fabulous Teaching Adventures of Ms. Sneed and learn how you can enjoy teaching too.

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