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SOS: Feature Find

SOS: Feature Find

Welcome to  Spotlight on Strategies Challenge!  Our S.O.S series provides help, tips, and tricks for integrating DE media into your curriculum Feature Find PDF Version Background With the focus on more rigorous standards, students have experiences with high-level informational texts at earlier and earlier ages. By focusing instruction on text features, teachers can support students

SOS: Poetry Slam

Welcome to  Spotlight on Strategies Challenge!  Our S.O.S series provides help, tips, and tricks for integrating DE media into your curriculum. Poetry SlamPDF Version Background If “Pictures are worth a thousand words” then why not use imagery to inspire student writing. “When learners are situated in an environment similar to what a poem describes, they

SOS: Paper Chat

Welcome to  Spotlight on Strategies Challenge!  Our S.O.S series provides help, tips, and tricks for integrating DE media into your curriculum. Paper Chat PDF Version Background The Paper Chat teaching strategy is a cooperative teaching and learning strategy that empowers students to take part in group activities. It is a helpful strategy to use when

SOS: Rhyme Sign

Welcome to  Spotlight on Strategies Challenge!  Our S.O.S series provides help, tips, and tricks for integrating DE media into your curriculum. Rhyme Sign PDF Version Background Young children do not distinguish between play and reading and writing; it is all play. Pinnell and Fountas (2011) suggest young children are introduced to the world of literacy

SOS: Reminds Me Of

Welcome to  Spotlight on Strategies Challenge!  Our S.O.S series provides help, tips, and tricks for integrating DE media into your curriculum. Reminds Me Of… PDF Version Background Students reflect and make connections. According to schema theory, our previous experiences, knowledge, understandings and emotions can affect what and how we learn (Harvey & Goudvis, 2000). The

SOS: Half The Picture

Welcome to  Spotlight on Strategies Challenge!  Our S.O.S series provides help, tips, and tricks for integrating DE media into your curriculum. Half The Picture PDF Version Background: In essence, the active processing theory rests on a principle of “use it or lose it” (Kaufeldt, 2010). This means that students must be actively involved in what

SOS: Read All About It

Welcome to  Spotlight on Strategies Challenge!  Our S.O.S series provides help, tips, and tricks for integrating DE media into your curriculum. Read All About It PDF Version Background Summarization is restating the main ideas of a text with as few words as possible. Summarizing can be written, spoken or acted out through drama, music, in

SOS: XO Let’s Go!

Welcome to  Spotlight on Strategies Challenge!  Our S.O.S series provides help, tips, and tricks for integrating DE media into your curriculum. ***This strategy has been modified from DEN STAR Terra-Lee Gratton. You can find her resource HERE. *** XO Let’s Go PDF Version Background “I’m ‘X,’ You’re ‘O’…Let’s Go” is a paired, verbal fluency, instructional

SOS: Four Corners

Welcome to  Spotlight on Strategies Challenge!  Our S.O.S series provides help, tips, and tricks for integrating DE media into your curriculum.   Four Corners PDF Version Background The four corners teaching strategy is a cooperative teaching and learning strategy that empowers students to take part in group activities. It is a helpful strategy to use

SOS: Story Elements Soup

Welcome to  Spotlight on Strategies Challenge!  Our S.O.S series provides help, tips, and tricks for integrating DE media into your curriculum. Story Elements Soup (pdf version)             Background In order to critically think about and analyze literature, it is important for students to understand story elements.  Identification and analysis of

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