Creative, research-based instructional strategies, presented by teachers for teachers, the Spotlight on Strategies series provides help, tips, and tricks for integrating Discovery Education digital media into your curriculum in meaningful, effective, and practical ways.
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Spotlight on Strategies: Sticky Back
Listening, reading, and/or watching for key ideas and details is an important comprehension skill for students of all ages to master. Understanding what a media selection explicitly says allows a student to make inferences and take appropriate actions. The Sticky Back strategy encourages students to listen and observe beyond the obvious, reporting key ideas and details they observed – and hope their classmates did not!
Materials: media selection, sticky notes, writing tools
- Have students watch a video, listen to an audio segment, or read a reading passage. Encourage them to watch or listen carefully, paying attention to facts, including those that might be overlooked by others.
- Give each student a sticky note.
- On the sticky side (the back) of the sticky note, ask students to write their name and one fact that they learned from the media.
- Make sure students know that points will be awarded for their facts:
- Facts that relate to the topic earn 1 point.
- Original facts (meaning no other student mentioned that fact) earn 5 points.
- As students finish writing the facts, have them deliver sticky notes to a location in the room (teacher desk, chart paper, section on white board, etc.). Because they wrote on the back of the sticky note, no one will be able to see their answer.
- Next, flip each sticky note over and read them aloud. Separate them into two piles: those that are original and those that are duplicates. If you are concerned that students will not be engaged, consider having them help you decide where each of the sticky notes belongs.
- Follow the complete process several times, reviewing the resource each time. After several rounds, add up the points that students have earned. The winner can have Fact Master bragging rights until you play again or could earn a small reward.
This strategy is courtesy of Eve Heaton, Beaufort County, South Carolina.