Our Lesson Types

Learn more about our different lesson types

NextLesson offers K-12 teachers thousands of standards-aligned lessons that engage students by combining personal relevance, rigor and real world context. We have several different lesson types, that range from basic skills practice to in-depth projects and PBL units. Learn more below about our different lesson types.
Performance Tasks

Performance Tasks

Performance Tasks are high-interest activities where students apply and integrate math & ELA skills using topics they care about. Students develop and apply critical thinking skills in authentic, real world scenarios.

ELA & Math
Grades 3-12
 2-5 days
Worksheets

Worksheets

Worksheets are short exercises where students focus on repeated practice of math and ELA skills. We offer five lines of worksheets (Essentials, Person Puzzles, Crime Scene Decoders, STEM-ersion, and Choose Your Own Adventure), which incorporate real world and high interest topics.

ELA & Math
Grades K-12
 15-60 minutes
Activities

Activities

Our Activities are online lesson plans that include resources, such as links, videos, documents and student/teacher notes. Activities may vary in length from one to multiple class periods and tend to be instructional in nature.

All Subjects
Grades K-12
 1-3 days
Project Based Learning / Projects

Project Based Learning / Projects

Projects are extended online lesson plans in real life situations or simulations, culminating in the creation of a final idea, interpretation or product.

Our PBL units are designed to meet our PBL gold standard requiring deeper learning and in-depth inquiry while also incorporating student voice and choice, reflection and revision and student collaboration.

All Subjects
Grades K-12
 1 week +
Rank & Reason<sup>®</sup>

Rank & Reason®

In a Rank & Reason, students are prompted to rank a list of choices based on a discussion question, which often does not have a right answer. Students must think critically and provide justification for their rankings. Interactive features allow students to compare their rankings with others and to the class average.

All Subjects
Grades K-12
 15-45 minutes