SOS: The Rest of the Story

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The Rest of the Story

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SOS Big IdeaScientists make predictions based on their observations and prior knowledge. Students need to learn how to think like scientists and make predictions, also. In this strategy, students use their observations and prior knowledge to predict what 

will happen next. They use evidence from the video clip to write the rest of the story.

SOS StepsMaterials:  video clip

  1. Choose a video clip that will allow students to make predictions
  2. Have the class watch a portion of the video clip.
  3. Pause the video just before a climactic event
  4. Discuss what has happened up to that point.
  5. For younger students, begin modeling the writing of the story.  Allow older students to write the story on their own.
  6. Ask each student to write the rest of the story.  
  7. Encourage students to use their observations and prior knowledge to add evidence to their story.

SOS Sum It UpThis strategy helps students use their observations and prior knowledge to tell a story. When you use an engaging video clip, students will have strong visual and auditory evidence to make their predictions.

  • SOS More IdeasPause the video several times to allow for plot twists in the student’s stories. 
  • Watch the video without sound to allow students to focus on visual clues in the video.

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One Comment;

  1. Lisa HC said:

    Your suggestions on using video clips to help students be engaged in the prediction strategy was terrific. I have often done a read aloud to teach that concept. When I know the story and the big moments, it’s easy for me to stop reading and get them to talk or write their own predictions. This idea, however, is an extension that I had not yet used in the classroom. I could have students watch a video and use their imagination as you suggest to write what happens next. This idea also lends itself to other disciplines, beyond literature. I realize I could show them experiments that we couldn’t do in the classroom and have them use the scaffolding I’ve provided and make predictions on what they believe could happen next. Then we can watch the final results of the experiment and compare to our predictions. Thank you for the ideas, and this blog, it’s very exciting to find.

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