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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.

Intensities in the Classroom

Intensities (sometimes called Overexcitabilities) provide a useful tool to analyze content because they resonate with many learners, particularly the gifted. Inviting students to recognize themselves in content deepens understanding and provides motivation for stronger analysis.

High School Middle School Other
Writing a screenplay

Strong readers make the "movie" of a book in their minds. This lesson guides children through the fundamentals of format required to write an actual movie screenplay.

Middle School Other
Developing Media Literacy

Advertisers spend billions of dollars every year targeting kids. By learning the techniques marketers use to try to get them to buy products, youth can become more informed consumers of products and information in general.

Middle School Language Arts
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
Probably Probability

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

Elementary Middle School Math
I Need a Superhero

The heroic archetype features prominently in literary analysis at the high school level. A clear understanding of, and the ability to manipulate and apply, this idea is critical to any approach to world literature for the high school student.

High School Middle School Language Arts
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
An Introduction to Greek Mythology

Greek mythology is not only interesting, but it is also the foundation of allusion and character genesis in literature. In this lesson plan, students will gain an understanding of Greek mythology and the Olympian gods and goddesses.

Middle School Language Arts
Budgeting 101

The real world is full of subjects not taught in school. With a glimpse into some of those matters, this unit will explore employment, budgets and credit cards, providing an informational foundation for that day when you are out in that real world on your own.

High School Middle School Math