School’s out for summer and your Discovery Education Community members are putting a twist on our SOS series. Each week we will post how educators have taken their favorite strategies and made them their own.
Do you have an idea for a new SOS? Share it with us, so we can feature you!
Twist provided by Paula Naugle from Jefferson Parish Public School System in Louisiana. You can learn more about Paula by following her on Twitter at @plnaugle.
Having students write a 6 Word Story is a great summarizing strategy. They must focus on what is important and be thoughtful in their word choice. Normally, this SOS is used with an image or video clip from Discovery Education, but I put a twist on it by using 6 Word Stories in other ways in my fourth grade classroom.
Here are some twisted ways I use this strategy:
Passion Project – students must sum up their passion using just six words. For example:
- “The Next Great Iron Chef 2026”
- “Minecraft: More Than Just a Game”
- “All I Want to Do Is Dance”
Book Reports – give a review, describe the main character, summarize the plot. For example:
- Wonder by R.J. Palacio – “Auggie, diamond in the rough; kindness.”
- Charlotte’s Web by E.B. White – “Very clever spider saves pig’s life.”
- Stone Fox by John Reynolds Gardiner – “Stone Fox has compassion beyond words.”
Headlines of classroom events – each student writes six words to describe a special classroom or school event. These are then shared in a newsletter, on a blog or by a tweet.
- Field Day – “Sun, races, water, obstacle courses, FUN!”
- Math Night – “Games, websites, logic puzzles, and more.”
- PARCC testing – “Bring it on! I am ready!”