Sparks

simple tools for Meaningful lessons

Ready-to-use activities and tools that you can roll out instantly, Sparks are perfect for jump-starting your lesson plan and boosting student engagement. Sparks are designed to captivate students, bringing the subject matter of a lesson to life, and increase engagement and participation.  Sparks also strengthen students’ social and emotional skills, encouraging them to engage with each other and their learning community, alongside the material.

Sparks are broken down into 5 categories for easy integration into your lesson plan or content learning:

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Engagement Collaboration
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Zoom in on the details
Zoom is a storytelling cooperative game. It gets students using their own imaginations, engaging in a creative way with lesson themes and forming an original story together.
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Brain Break
Brain breaks are quick exercises or activities that give students a chance to get up and move about. Brain breaks reduce stress, anxiety, and frustration. They can help students focus and be more productive. Brain breaks can also help students learn to self-regulate and be more aware of when they’re losing track of what they’re doing.
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Engagement Sel and Skills
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Value Countdown
This tool is an effective way to get students to explore what their most important values are. It’s done in an intuitive and dynamic way to encourage the students to follow their ‘gut’ feeling rather than over-thinking and finding the “correct” values. It is a good tool to use to initiate quick intuitive reflection followed by dialogue.
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Engagement Collaboration
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Letter from the future
This tool is a team building tool which allows team members to reflect on the team’s shared goals, challenges and obstacles and suggested actions to work better together.
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Engagement Brainstorming Sel and Skills
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Fishbowl
The Fishbowl tool is an effective way to activate attention, to improve listening and observing skills, To practice active listening and engage in effective conversations.
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Lesson strart & end Engagement
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Circle back to this!
A simple word association game at the beginning of the lesson can encourage relaxed readiness of students. Students’ engagement in a gamified thinking activity at the very start of the lesson can provide a fun way to connect with content. 
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