Learning in 360 Degrees: Ms. Fagan’s Students Explore the World

Learning is: Going to New Depths

Visit Ms. Fagan’s 5th grade classroom at Fairview Elementary School in Buncombe County Schools. This month, they allowed our Discovery Education Community to join them in studying explorer Jacques Cousteau.

The Big Idea

By completing a series of interactive centers featuring Discovery Education Streaming Plus resources, Ms. Fagan’s English/Language Arts students examined the life of Jacques Cousteau, learned about water pollution, and explored sea life. After exploring the resources, students demonstrated their learning through summarizing and assessment strategies from Discovery Education’s Spotlight on Strategies series. (Canadian subscribers)

Step Inside

Learn more by stepping into a 360 degree view of Ms. Fagan’s classroom. Here are tips to maximize the experience:

  • After launching the 360 degree image, spin your view to find the pin that reads Begin Here. Play the embedded video to meet Ms. Fagan as she shares what students are learning.
  • Just as students rotate through the centers, follow the pins in numerical order. Each numbered pin contains an embedded video that describes what students are doing in each station to support their learning.
  • Don’t take our word for it: hear from Ms. Fagan and see examples of her students’ learning by selecting the pins with images.


Interested in creating a similar experience in your class?  Below are links to copies of Ms. Fagan’s stations directions, Spotlight on Strategies, and tools she featured.

Station 1: Using They Said What (CND) and images from Discovery Education Streaming Plus, students infer what two way conversations ocean animals in the photo might hold.

Station 2: Referencing the thinking of their classmates, video from Discovery Education, and a news article, students work in groups to find 25 Things They Didn’t Know (CND) about the octopus.

Station 3: Students evaluate individual images from Discovery Education and their interconnectedness with Four to One (CND).

Station 4: Ms. Fagan meets with small groups of students to read and evaluate informational text with PMI (CND) in preparation for an upcoming service learning project.

Station 5: Students work together to determine the main idea and key details an event from On This Day (CND) that reinforces their learning about Jacques Cousteau.

Station 6: Building understanding of vocabulary in context, students use text and an online dictionary to add Vocabulary Quadrants (CND) to their word study notebooks and a class Padlet.


What’s next for Ms. Fagan’s students in this unit?

New to Discovery Education or interested in learning more about what you can do with Discovery Education Streaming Plus? Explore resources in the Professional Learning Center. (CND subscribers)


Ms. Fagan’s students complete a “They Said What?!” SOS to show what they know.


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  1. Mike Hudson said:

    Just viewed the 360 degree view of Ms. Fagan’s classroom, It is awesome. Indeed Ms. Fagan is doing a great job. We are taking an inspiration from her work and thinking about implementing something for our distance education website https://distanceeducation360.com/ . I hope we will come up something good.

  2. Lori McCall said:

    I absolutely LOVED Station one and the creativity students used in creating dialogue between the ocean creatures. I’m wondering how many students are in a class b/c the layout was so open and everything was set up in different sized stations. So fun!

  3. EBazaar said:

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