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Staying on Task (Using Time Wisely) Lesson and Activities


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Teaching time management doesn’t have to be boring – it can be fun! This interactive lesson helps students learn to use their time wisely in class and stay on task. Bonus? The slideshow-based format means it’s super LOW PREP.


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Engage your students in “The Case of the Super Students”: Ms. Lurnur’s class has gotten off the path towards becoming super students. Students become detectives and investigate what went wrong by tracking the time of two (very off task!) students in her class. Then students sort different activities into “using time wisely”, “not using time wisely”, and “depends” to show Ms. Lurnur’s students how to stay on task!


Resource includes:

  • Written lesson plan aligned with ASCA mindsets/behaviors and CASEL competencies
  • Slideshow (PowerPoint and Google Slides compatible) in two versions: one as a standalone lesson and one as part one in a unit
  • Coloring sheets to use while listening to stories in the “investigation”
  • Visual-based sorting cards for students to practice identifying what activities are a good/bad use of time
  • Exit ticket


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What others are saying...

“I absolutely LOVE this resource. It’s so interactive and I love the coloring activity to keep students engaged during the narratives about the kids.This lesson is a gem! I regret not buying the entire bundle. :)”

“I love this resource! I have a behavior class I teach with 1st and 2nd graders who have behavior goals on their IEPs. This was very nicely laid out and had a few engaging activities. It’s given me about a week of very good lessons for my group. “

“This pictures for this sort are great. This saved me a lot of time from making my own picture sort cards for guided reading.”