SOS: Act It Out

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Act It Out

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SOS Big IdeaAccording to research by Eric Jensen, author of Teaching With the Brain in Mind, most neuroscientists believe that movement and cognition are powerfully connected. Students remember new material on a more long-term basis when movement is combined with the content. In this strategy, students will create physical movements to match information being taught, increasing the likelihood that students will retain the material for a longer period of time.

SOS StepsMaterials: video that matches current unit of study, paper, writing utensils, recording device (optional)

  1. Choose a video segment, no longer than five minutes, that is relevant to the current unit of study.
  2. As students are watching the video, have them take notes on the content, pausing the video about every 60 seconds, or where there are natural breaks.
  3. Consider allowing students to watch the video more than once, in order to ensure that they find the most important information.
  4. After students have watched the video, have them work in groups of three or four, comparing notes on the highlights of the video.
  5. Have students create movements to match the content. (You may or may not need music.) Students can narrate their movement as they are moving through it.

SOS Sum It UpThis strategy is effective because research shows that people remember more information for a longer period of time when more than one part of their brain is stimulated, such as in movement.



SOS More Ideas

  • Have students record their performances and publish them on a global platform.
  • Have students teach each other their movements and produce a longer performance, based on their creations.
  • Use the movements students create to review for an end of unit assessment.

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  2. Kathy Clapper said:

    I use music and movement in every lesson with my elementary and primary students. Parents often tell me that their child is singing their lessons at home. My challenge is how to integrate music and movement with the middle school students. The suggestion to have students take notes and then create the movements to match the content is so easily incorporated into the lesson. I’ve been doing all the work in creating movement. It’s time to give the students ownership of their learning!

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