S.O.S: A-E-I-O-U

Welcome to week 10 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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As students, particularly language learners, are developing their ability to interpret information, it is important that we provide multiple paths for them to express what they see, know, and wonder about content being covered.  Jim Cummins research featuring the four quadrants of scaffolding students from BICS to CALPS combined with an instructional strategy like A-E-I-O-U allow learners of all levels to contribute to the conversation.


  • Watch the segment titled “Paper” part of the full video “Greatest Inventions with Bill Nye: The Science of Materials
  • As students watch the video, do NOT have them take notes. If they look down to take notes, they will be missing content.  Assure them you will pause the video every few minutes to add their thoughts, but that you are looking for them to fill in 1 or more items in the following categories
    • A= Adjective: A word or two that describes something they saw or learned
    • E= Emotion: Describe how a particular part of the segment made you feel
    • I= Interesting: Write something you found interesting about the content/topic
    • O= Oh!: Describe something that caused you say Oh!
    • U= Um?: Write a question about something you learned or want to learn more about
  • As the movie plays pause at the following times 1:32, 2:14, 3:12, 4:39.  Each time you pause allow them 60 seconds to add information to their list
  • When the movie concludes, have students complete a pair share of their A-E-I-O-U
  • Take time to regroup as a class and have students share their favorite parts.


  • Find a video segment or reading passage that integrates with your currrent curriculum.
  • Provide a table or have students create one that has the letters in the first column and allows for their response in the second column.
  • Provide points in the segment or reading passage that you pause and allow students to process and add information to their page.
  • When the activity is complete, have students pair-share their answers.
  • Regroup as a class and have students share share their favorite parts.


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.  For a link to all the PDFs in this series click here.


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  1. Ruby Aguilar said:

    I really like this suggestion to make video instruction engaging and purposeful, so I made a worksheet based on your suggestions. I uploaded it into the Educator Resource library.

  2. Peter Panico said:

    I am using this strategy along with Science tech book to fully engage the students as they are exposed to new content.

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  5. Trasi Pollino said:

    Plan on sharing this with my staff immediately during PLCs, excellent way to set a purpose for a video or learning activity. Then I will be looking for follow up from my staff as to how they incorporated and how it went.

  6. Anabel Gonzalez said:

    I used this strategy for character analysis and worked wonderfully. I also plan to use it with video lessons created in playposit.com Thanks!

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