Lesson Plan

The Quest for Magic Minutes

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A "Magic Minute" activity asks class groups to develop a commercial to advertise a way to turn a time-waster into a time-saver. Ad groups begin by brainstorming time-wasters and then problem-solve was to turn them into time-savers. After selecting one strategy, the groups develop a commercial to advertise their time-saver.

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CCSS: Adaptable
Instructional Ideas
  • Save several student "Magic Minutes" to use as examples
  • Create a below average "Magic Minute" example for class members to critique before they begin their own project
  • Feature one of the "Magic Minutes" during each week of the school year
  • Begin by having group members share their personal strengths list from the previous lesson
Classroom Considerations
  • Requires instructors to create their own "Magic Minute" model
  • The second lesson in a two-part series

  • The activity provides learners with practical strategies they can use
  • No rubric for the project is included; therefore, create one and provide it to students when giving the assignment
Common Core