DE Summer School: SOS- AEIOU

Welcome the DE Summer School special edition of SOS.  Our S.O.S series provides help, tips, and tricks for integrating DE media into your curriculum. During August, we’ll be featuring our STAR Community’s favorite strategies and how they have made them their own.

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Special thanks to DEN STAR and 5th grade teacher Shelby Bailey (@baileybunchrbe) from Warren County R3- Rebecca Boone Elementary  for sharing how she brought this SOS to her students.



After learning about SOS Strategies, I was eager to start using them with my students.  One of my favorites is the AEIOU Strategy.

In AEIOU, the students watch a clip from Discovery Education, then have to reflect on the following:

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

    I used this strategy in Science while we were learning about Moon Phases. I showed a video clip from DE and instructed my students to watch first, but don’t take notes. Then when the clip was over, I had them write on a half sheet of paper something to match each of the letters. One of my favorite parts of this strategy is that it is cross-curricular – they have to remember what an adjective is! Another reason I like this strategy is that it’s very self-reflective – the students are required to choose an emotion about the content as well as create a question based on something they want to learn more about.

When I use this strategy in the future, I will create an assignment on Edmodo, then have the students submit their AEIOU electronically.

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  1. Christina Cardiel said:

    I read and really like your strategy. I teach 8th grade ELA and I think this is a wonderful way to really cement their learning at the end of a lesson. I am going to try this with my classroom. Thank you very much.

  2. Wendy Graham said:

    I really enjoyed this strategy and shared this with 4th grade teachers at my school. 4th Grade Teachers have been using Discovery Education Video segments to integrate with their curriculum and were looking for ways for students to respond to the videos. I introduced them to S.O.S (Spotlight on Strategies). and this blog on A.E.I.O.U. For practice, we watched a video segment that would fit with their animal adaptation unit coming up and also connect it with the magnetism unit they previously studied. This video generated lots of ideas for the 4th grade teachers on how they could connect the concept with other units. It was a video about the red fox using the Earth’s magnetism to catch prey. Each week following this presentation, teachers will look at another S.O.S. strategy that they can incorporate with the video segments in science and social studies to spark student communication and writing. Thanks for sharing this with the DEN!

  3. Dana Johnston said:

    One of my goals this year was to help the teachers at my site with more digital integration strategies. This SOS was one of the first ones I used. We had to watch a training video in our staff meeting, so I used this strategy with my teachers. When they saw how easy it was to utilize and how much more they paid attention as they watched the video, they were SOLD! I see this strategy happen frequently around my campus now. Great way to introduce these SOS strategies to kids and adults.

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