Think, Pair, Share
This activity poses a question to the students and the students must think about this question alone . Then the students will discuss the question with a partner and settle on a final answer. Once a final answer has been reached, the class will come together to discuss the question and the possible answers to promote higher-level thinking.
Quick write is a strategy that is used to develop writing fluency, to build the habit of reflection into a learning experience, and to informally assess student thinking. It is often done at the end of a lesson or period and has the students respond to a prompt in relation to a topic.
Foldables are a fun and creative way for students to demonstrate the that they have learned the concepts. It is a great way to get hands on interaction with the material and they enjoy it! Foldables are a simple and different replacement for worksheets. They help stray away from a routine of strictly worksheets. Check out Dinah Zike's website for more great ideas and information!
This organizer stands for Knowledge, Want to Know, and Learned. It is filled out prior to a lesson, during a lesson, and after a lesson. It helps the student organize and see what they have learned throughout the lesson. It helps them see how much more they have learned since the beginning. There are many different templates for this organizer, but here is one that is used most commonly from Scholastic.
A write around engages students silently. This strategy allows students to share their opinions in a differently. It has students respond to a prompt for a couple minutes. After the time is up, the students pass their response to another classmate to read and respond to. This strategy allows students to critically think and analyze their classmates answers. It opens up a whole new opportunity for conversation!
Exit cards are a way to see that the students grasped the day's lesson. It allows the teacher to see where the class is at with understanding the concept. For example,students can write a sentence or two on what they learned that day or write a question that they are still unsure of.
While doing a chapter tour, the student should look for the features in the text, such as, bold print, pictures/captions/diagrams, maps, italics, table of contents, timeline, etc. Chapter tours help students build their prior knowledge before reading a book.
RAFT stands for role, audience, format, and topic. It asks students to take what they have read and illustrate their depth of understanding. This format is flexible, so there are numerous opportunities for creativity available. The students will answer questions pertaining to the role, audience, format, and topic.
Gradual Release Model
This model is based around the learning process in which the responsibility of learning goes from the teacher to the student. To learn more about this model and applying it to the classroom, visit the website!
A word wall is an organized collection of words that pertain to a unit or lesson that are displayed in the classroom. They provide easy access to words that the student may need. Word walls provide reference support for the students and they also help students see patterns and relationships in words. Visit this website to see how to make word walls work!
The vocabulary journal is used for students to get more practice with the vocabulary words. It has the students write the vocabulary word actual definition, a definition in their own words, a sentence correctly using the word, and draw a picture describing the word. This allows students to get a much higher level of understanding for their vocabulary words.
Thinking Maps (Tree Map)
The tree map is used to classify and group a category. They can be used for all subject areas and concepts. It is a great form of organization for students to see how things connect together. It is a strategy widely used throughout all areas and grades. Here are different thinking maps explained more in depth, including the tree map.
Student Driven Timeline
Timelines are a great form of organization for students to use when understanding when events happened in comparison to other events. Student driven timelines allow students to create a timeline of their own of whatever it is they choose.
QAR: Questin/Answer Relationship
Question-Answer Relationship is a strategy used to help students understand different types of questions. It can help improve students reading comprehension because the with this strategy students learn what questions are "right there" in the text, which require students to "think and search," and which can be answered "on my own."
Brainstorming is a great strategy to use to help your students think of ideas pertaining to the topic you are discussing. It allows the class to work as a whole and come up with numerous ideas for the topic. This will allow students to hear what their classmates think and that will help other students generate ideas of their own.