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Enhancing Concepts and Ideas

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Generate, Sort, Synthesize

This strategy helps students explore and synthesize information while incorporating and honoring individual points of view.

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Snowball

This learning strategy helps students activate prior knowledge or share ideas in an anonymous, safe way.

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Annotated Text Scrolls

This strategy helps students comprehend large blocks of text by looking at and annotating the text in a continuous scroll format.

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3-2-1

This strategy helps students summarize and engage with new content.

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Say Something

This strategy helps students participate actively in group discussions.

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Visual Dictionary

This strategy helps students develop a deeper understanding of new words or concepts.

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AB Each Teach

This strategy helps students identify key ideas from a text, video, or other content and share these with a partner.

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The 4C’s

This strategy helps students think more deeply during text-based discussions.

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Three A’s Plus One

This strategy helps students develop collaboration skills by providing a structure for focused dialogue about a text.

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Marking Text

This strategy helps students make sense of the text they are interacting with.

Key Concept Explorations

Key Concept Explorations

This strategy helps students explain their understanding of a concept using a graphic organizer.

Key Ideas Round Robin

Key Ideas Round Robin

This strategy helps students consider the perspectives of others as they summarize key ideas

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Concept Definition Web

This strategy helps students understand the meaning of key concepts through the use of a graphic organizer.

Pros and Cons list

Pros & Cons Organizer

This strategy helps students develop decision-making skills as they determine the pros and cons of an issue.

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Design and Build a Bee House

Students will learn about the human impacts on bee populations as they design, test, build and observe a structure for solitary bees.