SOS: Summer Twist on A-E-I-O-U

School’s out for summer and your Discovery Education Community members are putting a twist on our SOS series.  Each week we will post how educators have taken their favorite strategies and made them their own.

Do you have an idea for a new SOS? Share it with us, so we can feature you!


A-E-I-O-U

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Twist provided by Shelby Bailey from Warren County R3 in Missouri.  You can learn more about Shelby by following her on Twitter at @baileybunchrbe.


Out of all of the versatile Spotlight on Strategies, my very favorite is AEIOU. If you are not familiar with it, the basic concept is that your students watch a short video segment that is content related- any clip will do! Then, as the students are watching, they have to come up with:

A – an adjective to describe what they are seeing

E – an emotion they feel

I – something interesting that happened

O – Oh! something surprising

U – Uh? a lingering question

This strategy is one of my favorites because it is multifaceted. There’s a language piece (adjective),  a reflective piece (an emotion), and a recall piece connected to the content. By reading their responses, the teacher can gauge how well the students are understanding what they are seeing. AEIOU is also a great springboard for classroom and small group discussions about the given content.

My 3rd grade class uses this strategy in science, social studies, and math. Their first experience with AEIOU included a lot of discussion about appropriate responses: i.e., using rich language (not “this video is cool”), reviewing adjectives, and trying to have different responses to each letter. I model my responses along with them so they can see and hear ideal sentences. And yes, I have them write their responses in complete sentences, because that is a 3rd grade goal!

I also use AEIOU in professional development settings by modeling the use of the strategy so that other teachers can experience how to use it in their classrooms.

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