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.
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This week’s SOS, Snowball Fight, is a very popular strategy. It is fun and engaging, and is easily adaptable to many different classroom situations. We are excited to highlight two different twists on how it has been used in classrooms over the past school year.
Twist #1 was shared by Jessie Beth Miller from Greene County Schools in Tennessee. You can learn more about Jessie Beth by following her on Twitter at @mrsjbmiller.
Snowball Fight is a strategy that can be used for reviewing any subject. Each student writes down content from a topic studied, wads the paper up, and tosses it around the room. Students then grab a “snowball,” read the content and add to, correct, or question the written response. This process repeats for as many rotations as the teacher desires.
My co-teacher and I planned ahead of time to use the Snowball Fight between our two classrooms to review grammar content. My class initiated the snowball fight by getting out a sheet of paper and writing one thing they knew about semicolon usage. Then, I announced that we were going to “attack” Ms. Green’s class. With dramatics and a touch of ninja stealth, we sneaked into her classroom and showered her class with our “snowballs”. She played along with the surprise by having her students hide under their desks!
Ms. Green’s class was reviewing the same grammar information. After we returned to our classroom, her class collected all of the snowballs and then added information to them. A few minutes later my class was “attacked” with a round of snowballs. We repeated the process and continued the snowball fight for about 30 minutes. What a fun and engaging way to review content!