Wednesday, January 11, 2017

Can a Reading Comprehension Passage be Fun?

We recently took benchmarks at our school. It's an important part of the process to discuss the passages in order to review important vocabulary and strategies for student success. So, how can THAT be fun? Well, today, we played "Aeronautical Strategies for Success." Students got to make paper airplanes and try to fly them through the designated target (of course I had to play "I Believe I Can Fly" by R. Kelly while students designed planes). Some students were very talented at making paper airplanes and got to become teachers. I love it!

We chose speakers and mathematicians. Speakers are the ones that come up and give their teams' final answer and get to chose "aeronautical masters" to try and earn extra points for their team. Mathematicians add, and keep up, with their team's score. 

My day was certainly made when I heard students say, "This is fun!" Wow, going over a comprehension passage CAN be fun! The video below shows students making their airplanes, some becoming teachers, and everyone getting a chance to "test fly" their creation. What a memorable day!

Until next time,

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