Comprehension

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Crazy 8s

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

Chunk-Chew-Check Learning Strategy

Chunk-Chew-Check

This three-part strategy provides students with time to process information and then demonstrate their learning. This is a small group activity.
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Chunk-Chew-Check

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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

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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

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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)

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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

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Infographic Creator

The Infographic Creator learning strategy introduces students to a method of presenting data, as well as other information, from an inquiry in a visually interesting, graphic format called an infographic.
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Infographic Creator

Exit Slip Learning Strategy

Exit Slip

This is an individual learning strategy which encourages student reflection about content learning through reading or viewing. Exit Slips are completed as a follow-up to a reading or viewing activity and can be used as a ‘ticket’ to exit the class.
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Exit Slip

Admit Slip Learning Strategy

Admit Slip

This is an individual learning strategy which is used to help students access prior knowledge and introduce a new topic by completing a type of ‘ticket’ which admits them to class.
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Admit Slip

(Five W’s and an H)2 Learning Strategy

(Five W’s and an H)²

This is an individual strategy which helps students understand the details of what they read. It combines aspects of traditional five W’s strategies with the critical thinking skills involved in comparing and contrasting strategies.
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(Five W’s and an H)²

Key Concept Explorations

Key Concept Explorations

Key Concept Explorations are used to help students learn and then to reinforce their understanding of key concepts. Students demonstrate their understanding of a concept in a variety of ways ( e.g., orally and/or in writing, in pictures, through graphic organizers, by using their understanding in inquiries and design & builds) but a demonstration of true understanding comes when a student can apply the conceptual learning in new and varied contexts to support further learning.
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Key Concept Explorations

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

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

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