Monday, June 6, 2011

Keep them creating...

How are you going to finish off the year? Below are some of the activities that I have used or that are on my hit list to keep students engaged and motivated as the temperature starts to rise and the countdown begins.

Review Game - Using either PowerPoint or Notebook, choose from any number of game templates to create an interactive review game.  Jeopardy, Hollywood Squares, Who Wants to Be a Millionaire or Koosh Throw.  Or set your students loose to create their own.

Live Binder - create an online binder of resources.  Bring a binder to life by including websites, videos, docs and images.  Take a look at a couple examples for World War I, Food Chains and Patterns

Voice Thread - combine images, audio, text and video for a multimedia slide show.  A fantastic way for students to demonstrate their understanding of a concept and engage in a dialogue with other people around what they create.  A couple of examples Pre-Calculus, Read Aloud Shiloh and Periodic Table of Elements.

In Plain English I love the Common Craft videos, their slogan is "Our Product is Explanation".  Students also love creating them which is a fantastic way to demonstrate what they have learned.  My favourites are Zombie in Plain English and RSS in Plain English which we watch to set criteria for a good "In Plain English Video" and then I set them loose on making their own around a topic.  See Grade 9 Social Branch of Government in Plain English

Flash Cards our Division 4 Social Studies group has been using Quizlet with great success.  The site allows you to create a set of flashcards (teacher or student can do this) and then review or play games with them.  Check out some examples for The Giver, Biology Terms or The Very Hungry Caterpillar (included images)

What year end activities do you have planned?

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