Favorite SOS for Other Resources

It’s no secret, the  Spotlight on Strategies (CDN Version) series is a DEN Community favorite!

Contributed by DEN members like you, this collection of research-based instructional strategies offers educator-tested ideas for integrating digital media in meaningful, effective, and practical ways.

This list highlights the most popular SOS to use with the variety of “other” types of resources found in Discovery Education, like an interactive atlas, historic events calendar, reading passages, games, interactives, and more. You can also download all of these strategies in a convenient packet.

Try one or more of these strategies and share your experience with us in the DEN Online Community.


Reading Between the Lines (CDN Version) encourages students to be flexible as they think about content from another angle. Students create questions that match an answer related to the topic of study.


25 Things You Didn’t  Know (CDN Version) encourages students to explore resources  by paying attention to new information, ultimately generating a list of 25 things they didn’t already know about the topic.


Paperchat (CDN Version) encourages critical thinking and communication skills by having students participate in a written, rather than spoken, conversation.


Fakebook (CDN Version) provides a venue for students demonstrate what they’ve learned about a person of historical significance by using a fake social media profile template. It can also be used to explore other types of information, such as the characteristics of different elements of the periodic table.


On This Day (CDN Version) uses a Discovery Education resource to capture student attention, immediately engaging them in connecting with content conversations.


Can You Guess My 2-1-4 (CDN Version) provides an opportunity to build background knowledge and help students establish a connection with upcoming units of study through the use of related photos, facts, and clues.


Where  in the World (CDN Version) encourages students to use the Discovery Education Atlas Interactive Map to research locations relevant to content they are studying.


Scrambled  Please (CDN Version) help students learn and practice sequencing by providing them with parts of a text that are scrambled. After listening or watching, students must rearrange the portions of text in the correct order.


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