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SOS: Summer Twist on Snowball Fight

SOS: Summer Twist on Snowball Fight

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.

Happy Birthday DEN

SOS Series Celebrates the 10th Birthday of the DEN!

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.


SOS: Think Puzzle Explore (TPE)

The Think-Puzzle-Explore routine, developed as part of the Visual Thinking project from Harvard’s Project Zero, is used much like Know-Want to Know-Learned (KWL) organizer. A teacher might decide to use TPE routine in order to encourage less fact driven and more inquiry or process oriented responses from students. When they connect to background knowledge, student curiosity is encouraged and they develop a plan for their investigation. Whether it is a brief or extended investigation, this routine can be using as a reference point to document, assess, revisit and keep track of student learning.


SOS: Collaborative Reports

Gathering facts and information isn’t enough. In order to be prepared for college and careers, students need to be able to clearly and cohesively analyze and explain what they’ve learned. One vehicle for doing this is report writing. When students begin learning about writing reports, however, it is common for them to copy and paste directly from the source rather than formulating ideas in their own words. The Collaborative Reports strategy helps students overcome this tendency by working with a partner and using a Web 2.0 tool to collect and share information with classmates.