The Spotlight On Strategies series (CDN subscribers) is one of Discovery Education’s most popular resources. First introduced 2012, these strategies help teachers use media in effective and engaging ways in their classrooms.
The best part about the SOS is that they are flexible and can be used across grade levels and content areas. We are excited to share SOS Story: an SOS series that spotlights teachers showing how they put the SOS to work in their classrooms.
Teacher: Belinda Schroeder
SOS Strategies: Music Video and Twenty Questions Mashup
District: Santa Rosa County in Florida
Role: 6th Grade Science Teacher
Belinda Schroeder, 6th Grade Science Teacher and Innovator in Santa Rosa County, is taking learning to a whole new level by integrating Spotlight on Strategies, Web 2.0 tools, and Board Builder into her daily instruction. Supported by her Discovery Education STEM Coach Dacia Jones, Belinda began using SOS last spring and is excited to continue exploring how they can get her students engaged and hands-on in her science classroom.
SOS Music Video and Twenty Questions
In the world of science, students need to know the background of many vocabulary words. They are also required to maintain that knowledge over time, both for demonstrating proficiency on end of grade tests as well as for continued success in mastering science concepts over time. Last spring with Belinda’s students were involved in a life science study. She used a mashup of Music Video (CDN) and Twenty Questions (CDN) to help students understand and remember the organization of life.
Belinda had students create their own lyrics and dance moves to a song that helped them learn and remember the life science concepts they were studying. After recording the video, several students did admit that their moves weren’t always on point. More importantly, however, they strongly agreed that because of the moving and singing they’d done, the content “stuck” in their heads.
After participating in the music video, students played a game of Twenty Questions to assess their knowledge. Belinda had them use Plickers, a low-tech tool that gives all students a voice. The formative information Belinda gained helped her know where to go next in her instruction.