S.O.S: Can You Guess My 2-1-4

Welcome to week 5 of our Spotlight on Strategies Challenge!  Our new S.O.S series to provide help, tips, and tricks for integrating DE media into your curriculum.

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My very creative friend and colleague, Lance Rougeux started a project  last year with his wife’s class. When he travels, he gathers information about the location and the students use the clues to figure out where  in the world Mr. Rougeux went. He provides 2 facts, 1 clue, and 4 pictures (214) for the students.

Hearing this idea, I thought of how many times I began a class period by saying,
“Today we’re going to be studying ____”  With this idea in the back of my mind, I began to wonder how we can use this strategy to hook students and help them begin connecting important pieces of a unit together.

Name this historical event.
2 Facts: 1) Event started in 1775. 2) George Washington attended.
1 Clue: 1) Battle between America and Britain over independence
4 Pictures: 1) Surrender at Saratoga  2) Map of British Plan  3) Boston Tea Party  4) Declaration of Independence

Pick a topic you are studying this week.  Introduce the concept by presenting a 2-1-4.  Remember you can also use audio files and videos (even silent ones), as part of your facts or clues.

Have students create their own 2-1-4 of their own dream vacations, favorite subjects, or topics of interest.  What a great way to learn more about what motivates your students.

You can take the challenge by:

  • Implementing this strategy and letting us know how it went by posting a comment below.
  • Using this strategies in your grade level planning discussions and/or professional development and reporting your events. (Remember we consider an event anytime 3 or more educators gather together… doesn’t have to be in a computer lab… could be sitting around the lunch table)
  • Photocopying the flier and distributing it in your colleague’s boxes and/or posting it to your own BulleDEN board.

For more information on how we are shining the light on digital integration through this weekly blog series click here.  So see other strategies in this series click here.


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  1. Jen Kraft said:

    My kids have been waiting patiently for the latest 2-1-4! I have actually had a few ask when there would be another one. I never thought of doing this to create one!

  2. Shelley Andros said:

    Great activity to involve the entire class and engage them in the lesson. Will be trying this out with my classes. Thank you.

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