Today’s students will be tomorrow’s reporters. Allowing them the opportunity to explore a period from the past and piece together key people and events from the time, helps students build essential research skills.
This week’s SOS story comes to us via Jessica Zepik, the DEN Ambassador Lead for South Madison Community Schools in Pendleton, IN. Jessica shared that the South Madison Community Schools Director of Instruction and Staff Development challenged teachers across the district to see which school could have the most participation in this spring’s Discovery Education SOS 6-week challenge. East Elementary won the challenge, and are excited to receive the district reward of funding to go toward developing a Makerspace in their elementary library! Four of the teachers from East Elementary have shared how they used SOS strategies to win this exciting challenge.
Jennifer Newman shares a 1st grade adaptation for SOS Snowball Fight in this SOS Story.
The Z Chart is a graphic organizer that helps students summarize information using linguistic and nonlinguistic representations. According to research done by Robert Marzano, “Psychologists believe that information is stored in memory in two ways: in words (linguistic) and in images (nonlinguistic).” Nonlinguistic representations can include visual images and organizers, auditory experiences, kinesthetic activities, videos, computer simulations, etc. Graphic organizers are one tool to help students make connections with and summarize information.
DEN Star Peter Panico uses SOS Shake It Up Baby and Music Video to get his students moving while they learn content.
At SS Dixon Intermediate School in Milton, Florida, STEAM Innovate teacher Tally Piscopo connects science content and real-world connections through stations-based learning. This month, Mrs. Piscopo allowed the Discovery Education Community to join her as her fourth grade students investigated states of matter using the Discovery Education Science Techbook lesson “Measuring Matter” and Spotlight On Strategies series. Big
Francie Snyder, a teacher from Manatee County, Florida, likes to combine several strategies, resulting in a powerful SOS mashup.