SOS: Get In Line

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Get In Line 

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SOS Big IdeaRobert Marzano’s research supports the use of non-linguistic representations to bolster student comprehension of material. An example of this is time-sequence patterns, which give students a chance to organize events in a specific order.   Putting events in a sequence is also an important skill that students will use throughout their lives. Get in Line helps students understand the order in which events happen, which will assist in longterm retention of the information.

SOS StepsMaterials: media (video, image, reading passage, or song) that is relevant to current unit of study, paper, writing utensils

1. Find and preview media about a topic that includes discrete events that students will be able to put in order. 
2. Have students watch, listen to, or read the media and take notes about the most important events and when they happened. Pause and/or replay media, as necessary, so that students are able to capture important events for their timelines.
3. Have students work in pairs or small groups to create a timeline of the events. Timelines can be written or produced digitally.

SOS Sum It UpThis strategy is effective because it helps students arrange a chunk of information into a natural sequence.
SOS More Ideas
  • Have students create a board in Board Builder to showcase their timeline and share it with their peers.
  • Have students create a physical timeline of events, by moving their bodies to form the timeline. For an additional challenge, have the students make the timeline in silence.
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