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: Leslie Pope
Twitter Handle: @k5coachleslie
District: Johnston County Public Schools
Role: Curriculum Coach
I am a curriculum coach in my school, which means that I have a flex schedule and no classroom of my own. I often co-teach or model lessons in classes, and the SOS Series is my favorite go to for ideas and resources. For this lesson, I worked with a group of 4th grade students to introduce the Coastal Plain Region of North Carolina by having students explore images and artifacts using SOS Strategies.
SOS Visual Walkabout and SOS Six Word Story
I chose to mash SOS Visual Walkabout (CDN Version) and SOS Six Word Story (CDN Version) together because I think that Visual Walkabout is a good way to introduce a concept or unit to students. The Six Word Story fit in perfectly with this because it allowed students to brainstorm what each artifact or image had to do with the Coastal Plain Region. I worked with this group of students last year, so they were familiar to the Visual Walkabout strategy. It was introducing the Six Word Story strategy that took some time to model. I used a couple of different images from the Coastal Plain Region. We talked about how a Six Word Story could be a sentence or adjectives to describe the artifact/image. After looking at a lighthouse, we came up with: lights up the path for ships
Students were placed into groups spent 4 minutes at each of 6 stations, examining an artifact/image and recording a Six Word Story. Instead of using paper/pencil to record their story, students used iPads to access Padlet, a digital canvas used to create collaborative projects that are easy to share. As students worked they were able to immediately see what their classmates were recording which increased their engagement in the lesson. Mashing Visual Walkabout and Six Word Story together helped students build background knowledge which they referred to and made connections with throughout the unit.
Ideas for Sharing With Others
The 4th grade teacher I teamed with now implements these strategies throughout her instructional day, and she went on to share them with the rest of her team members at their weekly PLC Meeting. We’ve also started sharing these exemplars of best practices via Flipgrid, too!