Today I'm linking up with I'm Lovin Lit for Thursday Throwdown! The topic: making student learning more interactive. As soon as I heard this, I thought about my favorite school supply: Post It Notes!
Who doesn't love sticky notes? My students loved anything involving sticky notes and I hope that my next group loves them too. I make sure to buy bright colors and interesting patterns to keep them new and fresh. Of course we use stickies when we read and we respond....
My apologies for the recycled picture!
We also used sticky notes for graphic organizers as we read Out of My Mind by Sharon Draper.
I made a few graphic organizers for the beginning of the book to keep up their motivation in the early days of June.
Here are two examples of student work from that morning:
The sticky mats were a great launching point for discussion about the visuals and our ideas about the text. The students had a few minutes to gather their thoughts before discussion and using the sticky mats was something *different* so they were more engaged than if I asked them to think-pair-share or jot their ideas in their notebook. There's just something magical about sticky notes!
For next year's group, I created a set of editable Common Core Aligned graphic organizers that I'm calling sticky mats.
HERE. This is an editable product. You'll be able to change the wording of the prompts to make them more text dependent. You'll need powerpoint in order to edit the file. I've also included links to the (free) fonts I used.
So how do you make learning more interactive for your students? Be sure to link up!