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Mensa for Kids Lesson Plans

Mensa for Kids Lesson Plans are learning units that contain multiple lessons over the same topic that are designed to meet the needs of all children for extension beyond the standard curriculum.

These lessons may be given to students for individual, self-guided work, or they may be taught in a classroom or homeschool setting. These plans are designed to enrich academic learning with extension for gifted children built in. We include a variety of questions and extension opportunities to allow the plans to be customized to work best for the student(s) you are working with.

Artie's Art Class

Often used to create an effect by placing contrasting elements together, juxtaposition adds visual interest, creating excitement and drama in the artwork.

Elementary Other
Total solar eclipse

The shadow of the moon will provide an enlightening moment on Aug. 21, particularly for a lucky segment of the United States.

Elementary Science
Matilda Teacher's Pack

This pack supports the RSC production of Matilda The Musical, written by Dennis Kelly with music and lyrics by Time Minchin. The activities provided have been created to support KS2 and 3 students who are seeing the production and contain extension ideas to develop children’s writing.

Elementary Other
Kingdom Animalia

Most children are fascinated by animals and often have an animal that is a particular favorite. This lesson explores the classification system used to identify animals.

Elementary Science
Connecting Africa

A study of the geography and issues of Africa prepare students to better understand its richness and significance. This lesson is designed to give students a fundamental understanding of the physical and human geography of Africa, as well as the opportunity to explore issues facing it.

Elementary Middle School Social Studies
Introduction to Color

Color and color theory form the foundation of art as well as design. Gifted children are often tuned in to the aesthetic nature of things at an early age and can appreciate the nuances of color, as well as the way colors are blended, tinted and shaded.

Elementary Other
Hurricanes

The study of hurricanes rewards the young scholar with the ability to understand more about the forces that shape our world.

Elementary Science
Ecosystems

In addition to being a core requirement of science standards across the country, the study of ecosystems is interesting to students, creating an arena in which complex ideas become accessible to learners.

Elementary Science
Probably Probability

This lesson explores some fundamentals of probability and its application in the "real" world.

Elementary Middle School Math
Peas in a pod: Genetics

Genetics is a subject that can occupy an entire lifetime of study. This lesson plan will introduce children to the basics of heredity in an approachable way.

Elementary Middle School Science
Book Review Writing

This guide is designed to help you become a strong book reviewer, a reader who can read a book and then cook up a review designed to whet the reading appetites of other book lovers.

Elementary Upper Elementary Language Arts
Quotation Station

Meta-cognition (thinking about thinking) often fascinates gifted learners, and quotations are an accessible and time-effective way to introduce this in the classroom. Quotes lend themselves easily to critical thinking skills, and they are as useful in the home as conversation starters as well.

Elementary Other
Fabulous Fibonacci

Fibonacci numbers are an interesting mathematical idea. Although not normally taught in the school curriculum, particularly in lower grades, the prevalence of their appearance in natue and the ease of understanding them makes them an excellent principle for elementary-age children to study.

Elementary Math
Exploring Shapes

Understanding shapes will enable students to be more in tune to the world around them and see the connections between objects, as well as being better able to appreciate artistic works.

Elementary Math
The Art of Storytelling

Students develop their own storytelling talents, apply the techniques of storytelling, create storytelling guides, and perform a story for an audience. Each lesson is quite short, and they can easily be combined.

Elementary Language Arts
The Moon

Although it’s a space object, it’s more accessible to children because of its dependability and proximity. Through this short unit, children will develop a deeper understanding of the moon.

Elementary Science