Are you not entertained?!

As the school year winds to an end [Don’t start dancing yet…we said WINDS to an end!], educators in SC are beginning to prepare students for end of term assessments. This can be a stressful time of year for both teachers and students, but it doesn’t have to be!

We all know that learning never ends, but it doesn’t hurt to review material that students may not have been exposed to in a while. But put away those worksheets! And don’t even think about breaking out those blank workbook pages! There is learning to be had and there’s a better way to do it. Of course, there is a time and place for all of those things, but why not review material in a fun and engaging way?

Educators all over the globe have developed some wonderful templates that just need your input. That’s right! Does this sound familiar: don’t reinvent the wheel. We’re here to share some great websites you can use to build review materials in your classroom. Whether your method of delivery is an interactive whiteboard lesson or video montage, Discovery Education and StreamlineSC have the tools you need to put together a lesson that your students won’t soon forget. Use images or video clips to enhance your Jeopardy PowerPoint review game, or add sound effects to your Koosh ball activity for your whiteboard.

Whatever you decide to do, here are some links that you might want to check out for templates. These fantastic sites list a host of game templates that you can customize for your classroom.

Pete’s PowerPoint Station

James Madison University Educational Resources

Point4Teachers: Are you Smarter than a 5th Grader

What about building a video montage of your favorite Discovery Education clips? Or maybe even using images to have students narrate their own review? Learn how to use some popular tools to do just that!

Windows Movie Maker

Photo Story 3 for Windows



And while you’re busy creating, why not share the wealth? Upload material to share with other members of the DEN using the Upload Manager. Login and go to “Educator Resources” from your profile page to do just that.

What are we missing? What did we leave out? Leave a comment below to let other DEN mates know what you’re thinking. Share a link or some activity suggestions and ideas. We want to hear from you!

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