Comprehension

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The four 8's in a standard deck of cards

Crazy 8s

The Crazy 8s learning strategy helps students brainstorm ideas.
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Crazy 8s

Question filter

Question Filter

Question Filter is a strategy that is used to assist students in developing the skills of questioning, sorting & classifying and analyzing & interpreting in order to develop their understanding of the characteristics of objects, places and events.
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Question Filter

Observe and Record

Observe and Record

Observe and Record encourages students to use all of their senses to gather information about the world around them and to record their observations to support further learning.
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Observe and Record

Inquiry Journal

Inquiry Journal

The Inquiry Journal provides students with a basic framework in which to record their Inquiries. Students record their wonderings/questions, their predictions, the steps in their inquiry, and their observations and conclusions. Students are also encouraged to ask further questions that arise from their discoveries and can lead to further inquiries.
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Inquiry Journal

KWL: Know/Want to Know/Learned

KWL: Know/Want to Know/Learned

KWL is a strategy that encourages students to think about what they already know about something and what they wonder about it or what want to find out. A KWL table or chart helps students to organize their information for reference throughout the inquiry process.
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KWL: Know/Want to Know/Learned

Think-Pair-Share

Think-Pair-Share

Think-Pair-Share is a collaborative learning strategy where students work together to answer a question, or begin to solve a problem. Students are first asked to think individually about the question or problem, then to pair up with another student to compare their thinking and to come to a consensus on one response or solution. Pairs of students then share their selected response with other classmates.
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Think-Pair-Share

Students viewing a video

Read-View-Listen Strategy

This is a small group learning strategy to help students obtain and summarize information presented in different ways (text, images, audio) in a video. Group members watch a video while focusing on a certain form of information transmission (text, images or audio), then come together to summarize information they obtained individually.
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Read-View-Listen Strategy

Two girls writing

Write-Around Discussion

This strategy provides students with opportunity to either activate prior knowledge on a topic or consolidate recently-learned information. This strategy is for use with small groups of students.
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Write-Around Discussion

Vocabulary Preview Learning Strategy

Vocabulary Preview

This is an individual pre-reading strategy that provides students with a vocabulary list that they will encounter in a given text or video. Before reading about, or viewing a video about an unfamiliar topic, students identify how familiar they are with a group of vocabulary words and are then given the opportunity to familiarize themselves with the words, as well as the topic.
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Vocabulary Preview

Teens near a graffiti wall

Silent Discussion/Graffiti

This is a collaborative learning strategy which provides students with the opportunity to write their own opinion and make personal connections to a topic/concept, reading, video and/or other medium. Students engage in a silent discussion with their peers by responding to other students’ written responses.
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Silent Discussion/Graffiti

Question Matrix

Question Matrix

A Question Matrix is a tool to assist students in developing the skill of asking rich, higher-order questions about objects, events, ideas, and places in their environment.
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Question Matrix

Question creation chart

Question Creation Chart (QC2)

The Question Creation Chart (also known as a Q-Chart or Q-Matrix) provides students with a framework for developing a range of personally meaningful questions, encompassing both close-ended factual questions and open-ended, divergent questions. (Adapted from Weiderhold, 1997).
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Question Creation Chart (QC2)

Pros and Cons list

Pros & Cons Organizer

This is a decision-making tool where students organize information acquired from reading text, listening or viewing resources and interpret the information to determine the positive (pros) or negative (cons) aspects of an issue. The organized evidence is then used to make decisions.
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Pros & Cons Organizer

Print and Video Venn diagram

Print-Video Venn Diagram

This is an individual or small group learning strategy to help students obtain and summarize information presented from both a text and a related video. Students read a short text and watch a short video and then compare the information presented in both to determine what is unique and what was common to both media.
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Print-Video Venn Diagram

A student passing a paper

My Questions Round Robin

This strategy helps students develop their thinking processes while providing students with a sense of control and a higher sense of their academic ability. This is a small group activity.
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My Questions Round Robin