SOS: Reminds Me Of

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

Reminds Me Of…
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Reminds Me of

Students reflect and make connections. According to schema theory, our previous experiences, knowledge, understandings and emotions can affect what and how we learn (Harvey & Goudvis, 2000). The knowledge and experience a reader brings to the text is schema. Good readers can make connections because they draw upon prior knowledge and experience to understand what they are reading. By teaching students how to connect to text they are able to better understand what they are reading (Harvey & Goudvis, 2000). Accessing prior knowledge and experiences is a good starting place when teaching strategies because every student has experiences, knowledge, opinions, and emotions that they can draw upon.


  • Before watching the video, What’s New? Penguins, download the blackline Master and project page 10 as a warm-up: draw a picture of one thing you know about birds. Share and discuss drawings.
  • As students watch the video, direct them to put their hand on their head if:
    • they hear something they knew about birds: all birds have wings and feathers
    • they hear something they learned about birds: penguins use their wings to push themselves on land.
  • You may want to record responses on page 11 of blackline Master.
  • Pause video when hands are on heads and discuss bird facts as known or learned.
  • After the video, page 12 of the blackline Master asks students to read about and make connections between penguins and ostriches. This can be used for whole group or independent follow up.


  • Select a relevant video with content comparing two items or individuals
  • If available, review the blackline Master for activities
  • Determine before watching warm-up
  • Identify gesture for EPR during watching
  • Pause and discuss video based on student gestures: known information/learned information
  • Facilitate the concept of making connections between individuals, events, ideas or information

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.

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