Forty Best-practices Instructional Activities
Procedures: Have students brainstorm a list of ideas for a given topic. Brainstorming ideas means writing ideas quickly without editing. All ideas are noted. Evaluating ideas does not occur during brainstorming. Analysis of the ideas occurs after brainstorming.
Examples: People: Brainstorm a list of people who work for wildlife. Brainstorm a list of organizations created to help wildlife. Events: Brainstorm a list of events that may cause a species to become endangered or extinct. Brainstorm a list of events kids could organize to help preserve wildlife habitats. Places: List the “hot spots” a migratory species visits during its migratory journey. List places used for nesting. List biomes, ecosystems, refuges, sanctuaries, national parks, or wildlife preserves. Questions: Brainstorm a list of migration mysteries. What questions are currently being researched? Ideas: List ways to help wildlife.
Strategies: Generate Questions, Activate Prior Knowledge, Draw
Conclusions, Classify Information, Make Generalizations, Summarize Main
Ideas and Details