Monday, January 28, 2013

Daily Assignment #127: More Do-Nows

Do Now activities are used at the beginning of the school day, or class, to get students engaged.  They are usually a quick activity, 6-8 minutes.   I recommend using a timer.  It helps to keep students on task and creates an urgency to finish.

Do Now activities should be something all students can do, without teacher assistance. They need to be engaging activities, so students want to do them and will meet with success.  Consider giving extra credit for students who finish them.

In Daily Assignment #44, I listed 8 suggestions for Do-Nows.  I have discovered a few more, which I would like to share with you.

  • Math--Word problems
  • Science quote: "All the water that will ever be is, right now."  National Geographics, Oct.'93  What does this quote mean?
  • You are shipwrecked on an island.  What are 3 things you would want to have to ensure your survival and why?
  • "If you were..."    Fill in the blank with a scientist, leader, etc...
For the next few weeks I will be sharing more Do-Nows with you.  So, keep checking in.

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