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Academic Extension

What is Academic Extension?

Academic Extension


Academic Extension is instructional time that provides students opportunities to gain mastery of their specific content.  


Academic Extension is…

Academic Extension is NOT…

  • A time for intervention
  • A time for enrichment
  • A time for students to measure their learning and check for understanding
  • A time for students to explore, question, reflect, write and/or discuss
  • Sustained Silent Reading
  • Study Hall/Homework Time
  • Free-Time/Free-Choice
  • A time for students to visit other teachers
  • Club meeting time


Formative Assessments Strategies Prior or During Academic Extension



Checking for Understanding

Proving Behavior

Closure Activities

Teacher collects ongoing information about the level of student understanding of the content

*Should be used at any time within lesson

An assessment activity that students perform to prove they have met the learning objective

Bringing a lesson to a close by making connections to objective, content and/or proving behaviors

  • Thumbs up/down/sideways
  • White boards
  • 1,2,3, or A, B, C
  • Calling cards
  • Warm-ups
  • Think/Pair/Share
  • Two-line mirror
  • Inner/Outer Circle
  • Self-assessment with rubric
  • Q & A of student responses
  • Teacher questioning/Students Question


  • Graphic Organizer Completion
  • Questions Answered
  • Laboratory Activity
  • Quiz
  • Exam
  • Writing Response
  • Structured Debate (Socratic Seminar)
  • Portfolio
  • Presentation
  • Performance


*Should exhibit mastery of content


  • Exit slip
  • 3 W’s (What you learned? What questions do you have? What Ahhahh’s can you share with your neighbor? 
  • Procedural Wrap-up
  • Activity at the comprehension level or higher on Bloom’s Taxonomy
  • Reflection/Self-assessment
  • Peer review/ Evaluation
  • Summarizing (ie. one-minute essay)
  • Reference back to objective and/or subsequent lesson
  • Connecting to what’s next and/or big picture



Academic Extension Examples


Example 1:  Formative Assessment activity during Academic Extension

Objective:  Students will be able to analyze the impact of the Civil War Amendments (13th, 14th, & 15th) by completing the G.R.A.P.E.S (Geography, Religion, Achievement, Political, Economic, and Society) Graphic Organizer.




Teacher Doing

Student Doing

2 min.


Expectations/Directions- Teacher explains to students how to complete the graphic organizer. Teacher checks for understanding of the directions and expectations w/Pair-Share activity.

Students listen to teacher directions and explain their understanding to their elbow partner.

10 min.

Teacher monitors students completing the graphic organizer.

Students are working independently to complete the GRAPES graphic organizer.

5 min.

Teacher explains to students on how to Peer Correct.  Students are to switch papers with elbow. Teacher goes over the possibility of each answer and answers any questions.

Students correct elbow partners answers after listening to teacher’s responses.  They add correct information on partners GO. Student’s returns GO to partners.

3 min.

Teacher goes over correct responses and provides immediate feedback in class.

Students listen to teacher’s responses of correct answers.


Example 2: Re-Teaching opportunity after the Formative Assessment



Teacher Doing

Student Doing

2 min

Teacher reteaches by having the students work in groups of three to create a group poster of each amendment.  Teacher directs the students to draw each amendment and its historical impact

Students listen to the teacher’s directions and selects one person to draw each amendment.

10 min

Teacher monitors students completing the group poster

Students are working independently to complete group poster on their specific amendment

4 min

Teacher directs students to a gallery walk activity with 30 second clockwise rotations

Students walk around to each group and analyze each poster as they take notes

4 min

Teacher explains to students to complete an exit slip and write one historical impact for each Amendment (13th, 14th, and 15th)

Students write one historical impact of each of the Civil War Amendments and turn it in to the teacher as an exit slip


Example 3:  Enrichment Activity after Formative Assessment


Teacher Doing

Student Doing

3 min.

Teacher facilitates students to create a Ven Diagram that show how the amendments are the same and different.

Student write on a sheet of paper a Ven Diagram with each amendment

12 min.

Teacher asks students to work in their groups to complete the Ven Diagram.  Teacher reminds students of their group roles (Facilitator, Timer, Recorder, Presenter, etc.) and responsibilities

Students write and discuss in their group the similarities and differences of each amendment.  Students complete task in their assigned roles (Facilitator, Timer, Recorder, Presenter, etc.)

5 min.

Teacher has a “whip-around” activity and has each presenter share their findings for each group.

Student presenter shares to the class their findings of the similarities and differences of each amendment.