SOS Strategies A: Questioning, Compare/Contrast and Key Ideas & Details


Session Description

In this session, we will investigate Discovery Ed's SOS strategies, including Questioning, Compare/Contrast, and Key Ideas & Details. Be prepared to leave with instructional strategies that incorporate digital media and keep students engaged in learning.

Learner Outcomes

By the end of the sessions participants will know / be able to: 
  • Create conditions to facilitate inquiry
  • Engage students with new ways of questioning
  • Encourage more questioning and higher level thinking inside and outside the classroom

Activity 1:

  1. Give participants an article to read - Using the six levels of Bloom’s question stems they will create a question about the article. 
  2. Snowball Fight: Each person will get a piece of paper and write down a stem from one of the six categories.  Stand on the opposite of the room and throw it. The other participants grab a "snowball" and guess which "stem" was being used. 
  3. Introduce S.O.S Website. Have participants login and look at the actual categories (in particular questioning). Give note sheet and allow 5 minutes for exploration of the strategies.

Activity 2:

  1. Participants will be grouped through Sponge activity. 
  2. They will then select a strategy from the displayed QR codes to explore (through QR code)
  3. Participants will then review information (PDF and video) on Discovery Site to become familiar with the selected strategy

Activity 3: 

  1. After looking at example Anchor Charts about questioning, participants will create an anchor chart on their strategy to share with the group on the "Padlet" board.

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