Children are naturally curious, so why not tap into that curiosity to up your engagement? Cultivating curiosity not only drives kids to want to learn, but it also can lead kids to deeper reading, inquiry based learning, improved vocabulary, and a thirst to read more. In this post, I’ll share with you five teacher tested methods that hook kids in.
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IT’S A MYSTERY
TWO TRUTHS AND ONE LIE
Another fun lesson hook to use is two truths and one lie. Present them to your students and let them put their guess in a jar. Then, have your kids prove which are the truths and which is the lie through research. Kids love this game, and the activity can certainly be for more than just a fun get to know you, right. The kids can get to know their curriculum this way too.
To make things go smoothly, you will want to gather books for research and get kids talking it out as they’re researching. If needed, you could give two truths and one lie to each cooperative group and have the groups share out at the end (Jigsaw) or any variation you can think of.
There are lots of variations of the old standby KWL chart. The key is questioning, research, and learning. On any give topic, you can have students share what they know, come up with questions on the topic, research the questions, and record what they’ve learned. My favorite way to guide learning with any of the variations is with column notes. Column notes work beautifully as a during reading activity, but also in whole group as we lead group discussions. My blogging friend, Jennifer, from Stories and Songs in Second shared a great resource in [THIS POST] for chapter two of From Striving to Thriving by Harvey and Ward. .
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- From Striving to Thriving: Cultivating Curiosity
- Five Teaching Techniques that Increase Student Engagement (FREE RESOURCE)
- Motivation: The Key to Reading Success