Welcome to Spotlight on Strategies Challenge! Our S.O.S series provides help, tips, and tricks for integrating DE media into your curriculum.
Showing videos in class is a great way to engage students and bring learning to life. But often times, watching a video becomes a passive learning experience. In order to get the most out of watching a video, it is important to engage students with a strategy that gets them to think, reflect and share what they have learned. This week’s strategy takes a fun spin on a snowball fight as students share what they learn with each other.
- Explain to students that they will be watching a video segment, such as Renewable Resources
- Have each student take out a blank piece of paper. Explain to students that while they watch the video, they need to write one fact they learned from the video.
- Have students crumble up the piece of paper into a ball, and on the count of three everyone throws their “snowballs” in the air.
- Each student has to pick up a snowball. They read the fact and add additional supporting facts OR a new statement.
- Repeat again.
- Have students share what is on their snowball whole group.
- Select a video segment that matches your current curriculum.
- Have students write a fact on a piece of paper as they watch the video.
- Throw their “snowball”, pick up a new one and add a supporting fact or a new fact.
- Share what they learned with the whole group.
You can take the challenge by:
- Implementing this strategy and letting us know how it went by posting a comment below.
- Using this strategies in your grade level planning discussions and/or professional development and reporting your events. (Remember we consider an event anytime 3 or more educators gather together… doesn’t have to be in a computer lab… could be sitting around the lunch table)
- Photocopying the flier and distributing it in your colleague’s boxes and/or posting it to your own BulleDEN board.