DE Summer School: SOS- AEIOU

Welcome the DE Summer School special edition of SOS.  Our S.O.S series provides help, tips, and tricks for integrating DE media into your curriculum. During August, we’ll be featuring our STAR Community’s favorite strategies and how they have made them their own.

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Special thanks to DEN STAR and 5th grade teacher Shelby Bailey (@baileybunchrbe) from Warren County R3- Rebecca Boone Elementary  for sharing how she brought this SOS to her students.



After learning about SOS Strategies, I was eager to start using them with my students.  One of my favorites is the AEIOU Strategy.

In AEIOU, the students watch a clip from Discovery Education, then have to reflect on the following:

A= Adjective: A word or two that describes something they saw or learned

E= Emotion: Describe how a particular part of the segment made you feel

I= Interesting: Write something you found interesting about the content/topic

O= Oh!: Describe something that caused you say Oh!

U= Um?: Write a question about something you learned or want to learn more about

    I used this strategy in Science while we were learning about Moon Phases. I showed a video clip from DE and instructed my students to watch first, but don’t take notes. Then when the clip was over, I had them write on a half sheet of paper something to match each of the letters. One of my favorite parts of this strategy is that it is cross-curricular – they have to remember what an adjective is! Another reason I like this strategy is that it’s very self-reflective – the students are required to choose an emotion about the content as well as create a question based on something they want to learn more about.

When I use this strategy in the future, I will create an assignment on Edmodo, then have the students submit their AEIOU electronically.

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  1. Christina Cardiel

    I read and really like your strategy. I teach 8th grade ELA and I think this is a wonderful way to really cement their learning at the end of a lesson. I am going to try this with my classroom. Thank you very much.

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