Educational Concepts

Subject Areas

We've divided out lesson plans into six different disciplines: art, music, reading, math, science and social studies. As much as possible, we've worked to address multiple disciplines in the lesson plans.

Grade Level

Our lesson plans are written for three different levels: grades 3-5, grades 6-8, and grades 9-12.

Learning Modalities

Research has postulated that there are three basic modalities to process information to memory: visual (learning by seeing), auditory (learning by hearing), and kinesthetic (learning by doing). Most people have one predominant modality, but some have a balance between two or even all three.

Multiple Intelligence

Dr. Howard Gardner suggests that there are more types of intelligence than the traditional notion of intelligence measured by I.Q. tests. He has proposed up to eight different intelligences to account for a broad range of human potential and learning styles. These include linguistic intelligence ("word smart"), logical-mathematical ("reasoning-number smart"), spatial ("picture smart"), bodily-kinesthetic ("body smart"), musical ("music smart"), interpersonal ("people smart"), intrapersonal ("self smart"), and naturalist ("nature smart").

Bloom's Taxonomy

In 1956, Benjamin Bloom headed a group of educational psychologists who developed a classification of levels of intellectual behavior important in learning. This became a taxonomy including three overlapping domains; the cognitive, psychomotor, and affective. Bloom's pyramid moves from lower to higher levels of learning, from knowledge to comprehension to application to analysis to synthesis to evaluation.