Back-to-school season is planning time — and the perfect chance to prepare to try something new with your students! At Listenwise, we’re excited to support and inspire you as you plan to integrate podcast and video lessons into your curriculum all year long — no matter what you are teaching!*
To save you time, we’re sharing some of our most popular curriculum-aligned topics to help you with your back-to-school planning. Each topic has multiple Listenwise lessons to support your instructional goals for the year. Explore our lesson collection by secondary or elementary grade levels to see the range of exciting content we offer!
If you want to dig deeper into instructional strategies, explore these great resources on our support site. Just make sure you are logged into your account in order to search for lessons (here are search tips just in case).
English Language Development Lessons
You can meaningfully support your multilingual students with Listenwise while teaching academic content using the our ELD lesson library that includes lessons across diverse disciplines with built-in scaffolds to support students at all English language proficiency levels.
- Bears and Hibernation
- The History of Chocolate
- Jackie Robinson and Integrating Baseball
- Immigrant Experience
- The American Revolution
- Roman Leader Julius Caesar
Language Arts (ELA)
Are you teaching about plot, character, and conflict? Log in to your Listenwise account to search for podcast lessons. Here are a few ideas to get you started:
- Hemingway’s Choices
- Life on a Reservation: Native American Identity in Literature
- The Popularity of Agatha Christie’s Mysteries
- “Diary of a Wimpy Kid” Author
- Graphic Novel “New Kid” by Jerry Craft
Looking for high-quality content to tie into the novels your students are reading? Try these Listenwise lessons:
- “The Giver” and Memory
- Understanding Complex Characters in “Of Mice and Men”
- A New Take on “The Great Gatsby”
- Discussing Kindness with “Wonder”
Along with these sample lesson ideas, here’s how you can use Listenwise to meet instructional goals in your ELA classroom.
Social Sciences & STEM
If you are hoping to use Listenwise lessons to build out content area knowledge about prehistory and ancient civilizations, here are some great lessons to keep in mind:
- The First Cities
- Climate Change and Human Migration
- Ancient Chewing Gum Holds DNA Clues
- What the U.S. Can Learn from Ancient Rome
- Nubian Pharaohs
If you are looking to dive deeper into specific time periods, we have a rich collection of lessons related to the founding of America, the Industrial Revolution, Imperialism, WWI, WWII, and more . You can do a filtered search, or search for the specific lesson titles below:
- Alexander Hamilton
- Pollution from Industrial Revolution Thought to Melt Glaciers
- The Ford Assembly Line
- French Colonialism in Africa
- Life In the Trenches During WWI
- WWII Spy Gets Her Moment in the Sun
We have engaging lessons to support content knowledge and academic language development for STEM topics too!
To get started, browse the following thematic collections. Each collection features a carefully curated selection of lessons on the topic:
*note: video content is only available on our new ELD lessons as of now