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 #2 provided by Sarah Kistler from Gaston County Schools in North Carolina. You can learn more about Sarah by following her on Twitter at @ssarahelise.
My students absolutely love the Snowball Fight strategy for math review. Instead of passing out a worksheet or going over examples on the board, I use a Snowball Fight with a twist. I put up math problems on the interactive white board, one at a time. Students complete the problem, and then the fun begins. I announce, “snowball fight!” and the students toss their papers around the room (with minimal injury I might add, which is quite impressive for my middle school boys!) I instruct students look over the work from one of their classmates and see whether or not they solved the problem using the same steps. It is wonderful to hear students complaining that their peers aren’t showing their work! After students have ample time to look over their peer’s work, I review the problem on the board to answer any lingering questions. We repeat the process as many times as necessary.
It takes maybe a minute or two per problem to go through the review, but my students are completely engaged for the entire class period, and they beg to have snowball fights all the time. Traditional review techniques can take a toll on both my students and me, but this strategy with a twist saves the day! I am definitely going to introduce it earlier next year so that students will be able to naturally learn from each other that there is a purpose to showing their work in Math, not just “because Mrs. Kistler says so.”