SOS: Four-to-One

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Four-to-One
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Background
Schema theory explains how our previous experiences, knowledge, emotions, and understandings affect what and how we learn (Harvey & Goudvis, 2000)  Good readers and writers allow their schema to help shape their understanding and connections. Keene and Zimmerman (1997) concluded that students comprehend better when they make different kinds of connections: Text-to-self, Text-to-text, and Text-to-world.  This strategy will allow students to examine multimodal text to help frame sentences.

Example

  • Display these four images to students:
  • Ask students to draw 4 boxes on a blank piece of paper and allow one minute per image for students to write about experiences they’ve had with the objects or facts they’ve learned through reading and/or viewing resources.
  • Provide time for student to pair or group share their notes and to highlight commonalities.
  • In their pairs or small groups, students should work to great a complete sentence that incorporates all four images.
    • Be willing to accept any sentence, as silly or untrue as it may be- the importance is the structure of the sentence.
  • Select a few sentences to display and guide students through checking for sentence completion by asking students questions such as:
    • What type of speech is the word bear in this sentence?
    • What is another noun that we can use from the images in place of bear?
    • Can we describe the bear?
    • What are examples of describing words?
  • Pro Tip: If an interactive smart board is available, allow students to come to the board to choose and arrange the images that they would like to use to create their own sentences!

Challenge

  • Select and display four images. Be sure to include at least one person/animal, place, and/or thing.
  • Have students quadrant off a sheet of paper and provide one minute per image for students to write about experiences they’ve had with the objects or facts they’ve learned through reading and/or viewing resources.
  • Have students share their notes in pairs or small groups highlighting commonalities.
  • In their pair or small groups, have students to create a sentence that includes the four shared images.
  • Display a few sentences to dissect as a group and check for sentence completion.

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.

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