SOS: Snowball Fight!

Welcome to  Spotlight on Strategies Challenge!  Our S.O.S series  provides help, tips, and tricks for integrating DE media into your curriculum.


Snowball Fight

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Showing videos in class is a great way to engage students and bring learning to life. But often times, watching a video becomes a passive learning experience. In order to get the most out of watching a video, it is important to engage students with a strategy that gets them to think, reflect and share what they have learned. This week’s strategy takes a fun spin on a snowball fight as students share what they learn with each other.


  • Explain to students that they will be watching a video segment, such as Renewable Resources
  • Have each student take out a blank piece of paper. Explain to students that while they watch the video, they need to write one fact they learned from the video.
  • Have students crumble up the piece of paper into a ball, and on the count of three everyone throws their “snowballs” in the air.
  • Each student has to pick up a snowball. They read the fact and add additional supporting facts OR a new statement.
  • Repeat again.
  • Have students share what is on their snowball whole group.


  • Select a video segment that matches your current curriculum.
  • Have students write a fact on a piece of paper as they watch the video.
  • Throw their “snowball”, pick up a new one and add a supporting fact or a new fact.
  • Share what they learned with the whole group.

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.

To 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. lisa said:

    SUGGESTION! in the likely case of this page being or eventually being ‘updatable,’ as in some of the older strategies will be shifted down or hard to find as more are added.. teachers should be able to ‘fav’ or bookmark the strategies they like as they see them into their own discovery log-in. i personally would appreciate this feature and know many other teachers would !!!

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  3. Sarah Kistler said:

    This works well with Math examples or problems from the board. Students are SO much more engaged in doing the problems when they know that when they are finished, they will be able to have a snowball fight. It has been a hit in my middle school Math classes!

  4. Sarah Kistler said:

    This strategy works well with Math examples and problems. Students are so much more engaged when they know that they will be having a snowball fight after each problem they work and the opportunity to check different peer work each time. It has been a blast in my 7th grade Math classroom.

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