Use visuals and video as part of a lesson opening to help students access new content in a unit or lesson.  This allows them to preview the topic you are teaching and gives them an image to hold onto throughout the lesson.

Example:

Elementary

In this 4th grade social studies class the students are reading Chains by Laurie Halse Anderson.   To preview a slave auction, the Do Now asks students to describe this image in their quick write journals.

Middle School

Here a teacher is beginning a science unit about osmosis.  This video gives students a preview of the content and will support their later reading on the topic.

Further Readings:

ColorinColorado.org – Visual Thinking Strategies for Improved Comprehension

Middleweb.com – How, When and If to Use Video in the Classroom


Created by Kristen L. Hodnett
Reviewed by Louis Olander

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