What additional requirements must be met when creating a Bansho Lesson for a specific grade level?

We want to ensure all Bansho lessons are appropriate for our learners' skills and capabilities! Please follow the specific guidance for each grade level.

PreK-K

  • Limited words - when words are used, only one word should appear on the screen at a time and should be accompanied by a graphic and voiceover.
  • No sentences, unless they part of the lesson. If a sentence is needed, it also needs to be read-aloud.
  • Use a voiceover if the lesson has a step-by-step activity.
  • Hands-on activities may allow fine motor skills practice but do not require mastery of skill to complete the lesson. (i.e., cutting, creating small details)
  • Adult guidance is suggested for the use of scissors or any other sharp objects and asking adults for permission for any messy activities or anything that requires the use of an oven or other kitchen appliance.

First Grade

  • Limited words
  • 1 sentence per clip that is also read-aloud.
  • Use a voice-over if the lesson has a step-by-step activity.
  • Adult guidance is suggested for activities beyond basic scissor skills or anything that requires the use of an oven or other kitchen appliance. 

Second Grade

  • 1-2 simple sentences (6 words or less) per clip held for long enough for the child to read. If a sentence is more complex or contains a more advanced vocabulary word, it should also be read aloud. 
  • You can begin to introduce higher-level vocabulary in which students can grasp a word’s meaning through context.

Third-Fourth Grade

  • 2 sentences per clip that are held long enough for the viewer to read. 
  • Open-ended questions can be asked.
  • Can begin discussing various or opposing views. (Keep them appropriate for Bansho. i.e., no politics) 

Fifth-Sixth Grade

  • 2-3 sentences per clip that are held long enough for the viewer to read.
  • Children can now handle more complex lessons (i.e., more directions, lessons that require more recall and critical thinking)
  • Lessons can have more of a “lecture” feel but should still be engaging. 
  • Can draw upon hypotheticals to teach lessons.
  • Students in this age group understand, on a basic level, the things going on around them (current events, social issues, etc.), and they are generally very interested. They have opinions on these topics. 
  • A mature yet enthusiastic approach (i.e., no talking down.)
  • Use graphics, stickers, and gifs, but avoid things that look or feel too childish.

Seventh-Eighth Grade

  • 3-4 sentences per clip that are held long enough for the viewer to read. 
  • Adolescents are more engaged in lessons that have a real-life or emotional connection. 
  • Develop lessons that pique their curiosity.
  • Adolescents can now understand the cause and effect of larger-scale issues. (i.e. climate change)
  • Incorporate humor, when appropriate. 
  • Be especially mindful of varied abilities at these grade levels.

Before you begin, don't forget to check out our Production & Content Requirements that apply to all Bansho Lessons.