Tag archives for sos

  1. SOS: Secret Story Recipe

    Welcome to Spotlight on Strategies Challenge!  Our S.O.S series provides help, tips, and tricks for integrating DE media into your curriculum. Secret Story Recipe PDF Version *For a link to all the PDFs in this series click here. Background Graphic organizers are great visual communication tools that allow teachers and students to use pictures and/or words […]

  2. SOS: Filling the Silence

    Welcome to Spotlight on Strategies Challenge!  Our S.O.S series provides help, tips, and tricks for integrating DE media into your curriculum. Filling the Silence PDF Version *For a link to all the PDFs in this series click here. Background Instead of being asked to solve a problem, this strategy has students creating a story related to […]

  3. SOS: Music Video

    Welcome to Spotlight on Strategies Challenge!  Our S.O.S series provides help, tips, and tricks for integrating DE media into your curriculum. Music Video PDF Version *For a link to all the PDFs in this series click here. Background Babies are able to hear and listen, even before they enter the world. Upon entering the world, their […]

  4. SOS: Telephone

    Welcome to Spotlight on Strategies Challenge!  Our S.O.S series provides help, tips, and tricks for integrating DE media into your curriculum. Telephone PDF Version *For a link to all the PDFs in this series click here. Background Readers who take the most from their reading make conscious plans to evaluate their own ability to do so […]

  5. SOS: Four-to-One

    Welcome to Spotlight on Strategies Challenge!  Our S.O.S series provides help, tips, and tricks for integrating DE media into your curriculum. Four-to-One PDF Version *For a link to all the PDFs in this series click here. Background Schema theory explains how our previous experiences, knowledge, emotions, and understandings affect what and how we learn (Harvey & […]

  6. SOS: Feel the Beat

    Welcome to  Spotlight on Strategies Challenge!  Our S.O.S series provides help, tips, and tricks for integrating DE media into your curriculum. Feel the Beat PDF Version       Background There is much research concerning the impact of music in the classroom. Roann Keen, an elementary childhood music specialist has stated that incorporating music into […]

  7. SOS: There’s an A.P.P for That

    Welcome to  Spotlight on Strategies Challenge!  Our S.O.S series provides help, tips, and tricks for integrating DE media into your curriculum. There’s an A.P.P. for That PDF Version Background Authors and audiences both have a wide range of purposes for communicating. The importance of purpose in reading text based situations cannot be overstated. It is […]

  8. SOS: Things That Make You Go Hmmm

    Welcome to  Spotlight on Strategies Challenge!  Our S.O.S series provides help, tips, and tricks for integrating DE media into your curriculum. Things That Make You Go Hmmm PDF Version Background Whether it is connecting to the movies that we watch, connecting to others, or connecting to the texts  that we read, making connections is a […]

  9. SOS: Quick Conference

    Welcome to  Spotlight on Strategies Challenge!  Our S.O.S series provides help, tips, and tricks for integrating DE media into your curriculum. Quick Conference PDF Version Background After a Quick Write, students play musical conference chairs moving from student to student for multiple short conferences. Midway, conferencers and conferencees swap jobs. Each conference focuses on one […]

  10. SOS: Tracking Text

    Welcome to  Spotlight on Strategies Challenge!  Our S.O.S series provides help, tips, and tricks for integrating DE media into your curriculum. Tracking Text PDF Version Background Transitional words and phrases clarify meaning in a text. Appropriate transitions create cohesion and clarify relationships among ideas and concepts. Communicate a sequence of events or a shift in […]

  11. 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 […]

  12. 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 […]

  13. 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 […]

  14. 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 […]

  15. 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 […]

  16. 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 […]

  17. 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 […]

  18. 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 […]

  19. 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 […]

  20. 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 […]

  21. SOS: PMI

    Welcome to  Spotlight on Strategies Challenge!  Our S.O.S series provides help, tips, and tricks for integrating DE media into your curriculum. PMI PDF Version Background Trying to come to a decision isn’t always easy, especially when there is no clear answer. PMI is an effective brainstorming strategy that can be used to weigh the pros […]

  22. SOS: Sound Check!

    Welcome to  Spotlight on Strategies Challenge!  Our S.O.S series provides help, tips, and tricks for integrating DE media into your curriculum. Sound Check PDF Version Background When students are learning new information, it is important to engage their senses. Video leverages both visual and auditory senses, but if students are not asked to do something […]

  23. SOS: Connect The Dots

    Welcome to  Spotlight on Strategies Challenge!  Our S.O.S series provides help, tips, and tricks for integrating DE media into your curriculum. Connect The Dots PDF Version Background It’s easy to get caught up in the race to ensure that the curriculum is “covered” by the end of the year. This does not guarantee that the […]

  24. SOS: Figure it Out Together

    Welcome to the Spotlight on Strategies Challenge!  Our S.O.S series provides help, tips, and tricks for integrating DE media into your curriculum. Figure it Out Together PDF Version  Background Figurative language helps make writing come alive. Students’ capacity to understand and apply figurative language is a key ingredient in language arts instruction and is particularly […]

  25. SOS: Who Are You?

    Welcome to  Spotlight on Strategies Challenge!  Our S.O.S series provides help, tips, and tricks for integrating DE media into your curriculum. Who Are You? PDF Version Background If we want students to focus on learning, we must first make sure they feel safe and secure. “Before students will turn their attention to cognitive learning (the […]