How to use Small Group Skills
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Written by Alex Ellenthal
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Small Group Skills allows you to assign differentiated lessons to your students. Every lesson includes an instructional video, an interactive practice activity, and a short quiz to demonstrate learning.

Students can complete Small Group Skills lessons in under 20 minutes, giving you real-time data on student progress.

How to assign Small Group Skills

1. Select the lesson you want to assign to students.

To find the right lesson for your students, you can use the search bar at the top of the page to see all lessons under a certain topic, standard code or skill. You can also filter your search by grade (up to 6th grade) and subject.

2. Preview what your students will see.

Once you choose a lesson, you can preview the student experience and confirm that the content is right for your students. View the aligned standard in the bottom left corner of the screen.

3. Choose which students will receive the lesson, and when the lesson will appear for them.

Once you are ready to assign the lesson, click the blue "Assign" button in the top right corner of the screen (blue arrow). Next, select the section you want to assign this lesson to (red arrow). Then, select "Edit Students" to choose which students will receive this lesson (green arrow).

*You can also share the link to the Small Group Skills lesson you've chosen directly on your Google Classroom page.

Selecting "Edit Students" will bring up your class roster. Once you are finished choosing which students will receive this lesson, select "Done."

You can then choose to assign this lesson to your students immediately, or schedule the lesson for any day in the future.

Each lesson will have an accompanying lower-level and above-level lesson at the bottom of the screen to allow for quick and easy differentiation.

How to manage Small Group Skills and view reports

  1. From the main Small Group Skills tab, select "My Small Group Skills" in the top right corner of the screen.

  2. Click on a lesson title to view student data from that lesson.

Here you can see how many students have finished the lesson, your class's average score, commonly missed questions, how far each student is in the lesson, and their individual scores. Click into a student's score to see their answers to each question on the quiz.

3. Click on the red "End Assignment" button in the top right corner to delete or end the lesson for your students.

What changes have been made to Small Group Skills?

If you’ve been using eSpark already this year, you’re probably familiar with an earlier version of Small Group Skills. Thanks to feedback from teachers like you, we've made a few key improvements to Small Group Skills:

Improved searching:

You can now search our entire lesson library by keyword or standard code.

Easier assignability:

You can now easily assign lessons to your entire class, a few students, or just a single student.

Quicker differentiation:

eSpark now provides suggested lessons for differentiation based on what you are already assigning.

If you would prefer to keep using the first version of Small Group Skills, just send us a note!

Watch a video overview of Small Group Skills below!

Please reach out to our Support team by clicking the blue Intercom button on the bottom right side of your screen - we're here to help!

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