Tweet, Tweet! is a great way to bring social media into the classroom without needing to use Internet access. Using Post-It notes, participants create tweets (140 characters or less) and create discussions, answer questions, or summarize knowledge. Here’s one way that Durham Public Schools are using this strategy with students, faculty and staff.
The use of puppets is a fun and creative way for students to connect with new vocabulary and concepts. In this strategy, students make their own puppets, develop image files, and create a finished postcard to narrate information.
My students absolutely love the Snowball Fight strategy for Math review. Instead of passing out a worksheet or going over examples on the board, I use a Snowball Fight with a twist. I put up Math problems on the interactive white board, one at a time. Students complete the problem, and then the fun begins. I announce, “snowball fight!” and the students toss their papers around the room (with minimal injury I might add, which is quite impressive for my middle school boys!) I instruct students look over the work from one of their classmates and see whether or not they solved the problem using the same steps. It is wonderful to hear students complaining that their peers aren’t showing their work! After students have ample time to look over their peer’s work, I review the problem on the board to answer any lingering questions. We repeat the process as many times as necessary.
Snowball Fight is a strategy that can be used for reviewing any subject. Each student writes down content from a topic studied, wads the paper up, and tosses it around the room. Students then grab a “snowball”, read the content and add to, correct, or question the written response. This process repeats for as many rotations as the teacher desires.
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.
Half the story is a strategy that uses a DE asset, usually a photo, to springboard a discussion. The teacher zooms in to one part of the picture and asks students to guess what the picture is showing. Next, the teacher will zoom out to show the full picture and ask how seeing the entire picture changes the perception.
The Shake It Up Baby Now strategy involves using a curriculum-based song and making up motions to go with it. The students help explain the concepts by acting them out. They film their work and then share their finished videos with classmates as a form of review.
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Out of all of the versatile Spotlight on Strategies, my very favorite is AEIOU. If you are not familiar with it, the basic concept is that your students watch a short video segment that is content related- any clip will do! Then, as the students are watching, they have to come up with:
This week we are excited to celebrate 10 years of the Discovery Educator Network by bringing you a new SOS series for the summer. We’re calling this series SOS Twists and we are featuring your best resource, each other, in the posts! Each week during July and August you will hear from fellow educators who are taking the SOS strategies and giving them a unique “twist”. You will see examples of what those strategies look like in real classrooms, and we hope you will be inspired to use the SOS strategies with your students.