Since there is no telling where or when you'll have an actual emergency over the course of your school year, it is in your best interest that you focus your lesson plan on skill development, rather than content exploration.

After all, it doesn't do your classes much good if your emergency lesson plan covers the ins and outs of cell division and replication if you covered that in November, and (it now being April) the students are studying biological classification. Here is an example of a type of lesson that lends itself well to being used as your emergency lesson.

TASK/ACTIVITY TIME FOR EACH TASK/ACTIVITY

ENTRY TASK 5 to 10 minutes
Write a warm-up answer to the question, “What is geography?”

INDIVIDUAL ACTIVITY 25 minutes
Hand out geography terms packet. Students are to work on this independently.

SMALL GROUP ACTIVITY 10 minutes
Compare geography terms packet answers with other members of their small group.

LARGE GROUP ACTIVITY 10 minutes
N/A

CLOSING EXERCISE 5 to 10 minutes, as needed, and as time allows
Review what students learned today. Unfinished portion of the geography terms packet is homework.

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