Instructional Materials

Teachers use a wide variety of materials in the classroom everyday to help students understand the objectives of their lessons. These materials combine text and images and may be used to provide information, enhance lessons, assess student learning, and recognize achievement. Many teachers are fortunate to have numerous resources from which to obtain such instructional material. They may have text books with workbooks, or collections of black line masters to accompany their basal material. But when such materials are not readily available, teachers can use Microsoft Office to produce their own. This allows them to customize materials for classes, groups of students, or individuals. It also increases the teacher's ability to differentiate to meet individual needs.


Designing instructional material is limited largely by one's own creativity. Once the skills of using Microsoft Word have been mastered, it's simply a matter of thinking of what to create, and then doing so. Fortunately, there are many websites which also provide access to instructional materials, some of which are free, for all subject areas.


Here is a list of possible documents which can be created for student use in the classroom. You can probably think of many others to use in your own classroom. You get to customize for age appropriateness, reading level, and content!


Assignment Sheets
Graphic Organizers
Reading Logs
Booklets
Lab Sheets
Reports
Brochures
Labels
Surveys
Calendars
Lists
Timelines
Charts
Matching Tasks
To Do Lists
Flash Cards
Outlines
Word Scrambles
Graph Paper
Project Guidelines
Word Searches


Teachers will also need to design non-instructional materials to use with assessing student progress and managing the classroom.

Checklists
Center Signs
Posters
Puzzles
Certificates
Record Keeping Forms
Quizzes
Hall Passes
Schedules
Rubrics
Lesson Plans
Substitute Plans
Tests
Permission Slips
Syllabi