Bringing friendly competition into your lesson will improve focus and help kids learn. Games can include media games that embed questions and display results on screen, quiz show formats and traditional games such as Tic Tac Toe, fill in the blank, etc. Games are also a great way to review at the end of a lesson.
Turning top-down lectures into a conversation is one of the best ways to make your lessons interactive. Today's kids are growing up in a highly interactive world and are wired for highly interactive communication.
Instead of expecting kids to sit silently, give them opportunities to discuss what you sharing. Use open ended questions to get conversations going. Have kids discuss how they would navigate real-life scenarios with the truth you're sharing.
Empower kids to teach each other
If you really want kids to "get" the lesson, carve out time during the class time for them to teach each other what you just taught them. Not only will they remember the lesson, but they will enjoy it as well. Interaction leads to satisfaction.
Interactive lessons turn passive kids into participating kids.