Concept/Word of the Day


Tip: Concept/Word of the Day

How do I do it?
In order to help students recall and to emphasize important recurring big ideas in the curriculum, choose a big idea for your unit and create a hand motion that goes with it.  For example, clash of cultures with a hand motion of two hands swinging together with interlaced fingers or shopping  miming and exchange by taking something and then giving money into someone’s hand in front of you.  Post the word or concept on the wall or board for the duration of the unit.  Explain the concept, have the students practice the hand motion, and direct them to make the agreed-upon motion anytime they hear or read the concept. 

Variations & Extensions
After introducing a unit of study or concept and providing background information, record volunteer’s ideas for the most important concepts for the unit and then have the class vote on the concept and come up with a movement to represent it.

Common Core ELA Speaking and Listening Standard 2
Integrate and evaluate information presented in diverse media and formats, including visually, quantitatively, and orally.

Tricia Gallagher-Geurtsen
Tricia Gallagher-Geurtsen


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