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.
Special thanks to DEN STAR and 7th grade social studies teacher Christine Baummer from Carroll County Public Schools in Maryland for sharing how she brought this SOS to her students.
“Games are architectures for engagement…” – Steinkuehler. They allow us to meet a variety of learning styles in a manner that is most engaging to students. Blurt is a board game made my Mattel in 1999. This strategy enables students to share their knowledge individually or as a team by blurting out their answer. Blurt-Out! works well as a review game at the end of a unit.
- Introduce the essential question; describe the culture of medieval Europe.
- Ask students to brainstorm and record facts about Medieval Europe’s culture.
- Explain that they are going to review essential understandings about the culture of Medieval Europe by playing a review game.
- Watch the clip Feudalism: the Medieval Way of Life (CDN Subscriber)
- Allow students to add notes to their essential question answer by stopping the video clip every minute.
- Give each student 3 index cards and explain that they are going to write questions about the culture of Medieval Europe designed to stump their classmates.
- Review student questions and add some of your own if needed.
- To Play Blurt-Out! Divide the class into teams.
- Call up students from each team to sit in chairs place side by side in the front of the room.
- Ask a question from your index card pile. If one of the students sitting up front on the chair knows the answer, they blurt it out. If they are correct, they earn one point. If they are wrong the student next to them on a blurt chair gets a chance. If their answer is correct, they get the point. If neither player is correct, no one gets the point. The team with the most points wins.
- Repeating the question and the answer after the student blurts out the answer and giving all students time to mark this in their essential question notes.
- For homework, students should create flashcards from their essential question notes to study for the test.
- Select a video from Discovery Education that fits your curriculum.
- Have students create questions about the content of the video.
- Play Blurt-Out!
*** Special thanks to DEN STAR Christine Baummer from Carroll County Public Schools in Maryland for providing us with this SOS.