Strategy: Four Corners
- Impact: Four Corners is a movement activity that keeps students engaged through collaboration, using similarities to connect personality types.
- Each corner of the room is represented by a commonality, such as an animal, car types, famous people, etc.
- Invite the students to choose the corner of the room that fits them the best. The students are grouping themselves based on their likes/dislikes.
- Once students are in their groups, pose a probing question based on the content or a skill that was taught in the lesson.
- Students will collaboratively work in their corner with their group members to answer the question the teacher has presented.
- Resource: Video: Four Corners in Action
Strategy: Make an Appointment
- Impact: Make an Appointment is a great engagement activity that allows students to work with more than one classmate and move about the room during certain appointment times.
- Give each student a clock. On each clock there should be a line at 2:00, 4:00, 6:00, 8:00 and 10:00 (teacher may do less, if needed).
- Students will walk about the room making appointments with their peers, filling each of the slots.
- For each time slot, you will pose a question or assign an activity to be completed within a certain time frame (usually 5-10 minutes depended on the length of your class periods).
- Resource: Make_an_Appointment
Strategy: Reader Reviews
- Impact: Student increase engagement in their novel of choice by participating in Reader Reviews, in which students can write and read firsthand reviews of novels read by their classmates.
- Steps/Process: Once a student has finished reading a book, they can complete a reader review card. On the card they answer three questions: What did you like? What did you dislike? Would you recommend this book to a friend? After answer the questions, they will place there reviews on a wall, in a bucket, box or drawer. Other students who are looking for a good book to read can draw cards from the box to help with their selection. Those who have placed a review in the box will have a chance to win a book during bi-weekly drawings.
- Resource: An example of a book review wall is shown in the picture provided.
Strategy: Sketch It!
- Impact: Sketch is usually a very popular engagement activity no matter what grade level or the content being taught. Students have the chance to put an image to their knowledge in a creative way!
- As it pertains to reading, students will read their book of choice for a period of time (usually 5 to 7 minutes)
- Teacher will say, “Sketch it!” and students can practice recall, inferring, drawing conclusions, making predictions (or whatever skills the teacher chooses) by sketching a photo.
- Students will sketch for about 3-4 minutes.
- Teacher will say, “Share out!” and the students will turn to their partner(s) and discuss their sketch, as it pertains to the novel they are reading.
- Resource: An example of a Sketch It document is shown in the picture provided. This can also be done in an interactive notebook, journal or binder.