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.
Our S.O.S series provides help, tips, and tricks for integrating DE media into your curriculum. Leave a comment and let us know how you’ll use this strategy in your class. Have an idea for a strategy? Share it with by completing this form and be featured in the series.
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.
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.