SOS: Stem Completion

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

Stem Completion
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Students gain a greater understanding of content when they make authentic connections.  To that end, this strategy uses images and sentence-stem completion to have students make predictions, provide support, and make a personal connection.


  • I predict this is a picture of…
  • I think this because I see…
  • An experience from my life that supports my prediction is…
  • After discussion and reaching consensus that the images represent baking/cooking, ask students about experiences they may have with baking/cooking with adults.  Lead students to talking about ingredients and measuring ingredients.
  • Have students brainstorm ingredients needed to bake a loaf of bread.  Write the list on the board and assign values to each ingredient, including various fractions.
    • 1 ½ cups Flour                 ¾ tablespoon sugar
    • ¼ tablespoon salt           ½ tablespoon butter
    • 1 1/8 teaspoon yeast       ¼ cup warm water
  • Tell students that we will need 3 loaves of bread for the entire class and have them work with a shoulder partner to multiply the ingredients by 3 to determine how much of each ingredient will be needed.
  • Pro Tip: Instead of providing the recipe, have students select a favorite food (chocolate chip cookies, macaroni and cheese, etc.) and use the internet to search for a recipe.  Then have them double, triple, etc. the recipe.  Their original and revised recipe can be posted in the room or as a Student Board for classmates to view.
  • Pro Tip: Search Discovery Education for additional supporting resources for teaching multiplication such as games, math overviews and explanations.



  • Select an image (or images) that represents current content to be studied.
  • Ask students to complete sentence stems that relate the images to content and personal experiences.
  • Build on the student experiences to practice and/or deliver content.

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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