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April 9, 2015 Teach With Scholastic's StudyJams! By Kriscia Cabral
Grades PreK–K, 1–2, 3–5, 6–8

     

    I love giving students the opportunity to own their learning. Many times this comes from browsing useful Internet sites to learn about topics that students may not have thought about looking into before. Here is how I incorporate StudyJams! into student learning.

    Note to teachers: The implementation of this system took time for modeling and scaffolding. Depending upon the age range, you can decide how much to implement at one time.

     

     

    What is StudyJams!?

    Great question! StudyJams! is Scholastic's very user-friendly teaching tool that offers videos and short reads on over 200 important math and science topics. Teachers can use StudyJams! for an introduction to a concept, reinforcement for a concept, review, and also to spark an interest in student learning.

     

    Start With Exploration

    Our first visit to StudyJams! is for exploration. Students get to click and find. Videos get watched and karaoke songs get played. We end our time sharing what we discovered as we look on my computer using the projector. We visit StudyJams! daily, doing this exact same thing for about a week. Students find topics they want to watch videos of, and eagerly share with classmates what was discovered.

     

    Move on to the Task

    Our next visit, the following week becomes more of a learning-based focus. I start by passing out this trifold. We go over the first three sections as a class. To introduce the concept of using the trifold, we complete the first one together. I have the whole class at their seats, looking at my screen via a projector. Everyone has a trifold that we are filling out together. 

    I demonstrate how to get to StudyJams! and find the “Hot Topic” section. We fill in the blank on the first line and then answer the question on the trifold.

    *Note: The Hot Topic does not always change. I take time during our whole class discovery to show students how to use the "Science" tab to look up other topics that might interest them. Any topic they choose can be considered a "Hot Topic."

    Next, is the "Key Vocabulary." I point out where the words are on the Hot Topic page and then ask students to pick three words to write with its meaning on the trifold.

    The last task on the font side of the trifold is to find the main idea and supporting details of the video shown. I model this for the students, taking their responses and placing them in the appropriate place.

    When we return to this task the next day, I model how to go back to StudyJams! and then continue with the back side of the trifold. 

    The information on the back is additional ways for students to show their understanding of the topic. We spend more time having a conversation about what valid responses might be and how much effort we should put into completing our work effectively.

    The last task asks students to take the “Test Yourself” quiz and reflect on their scores. I demonstrate to the class how to take the test, use the “Review Your Answers” feature to go back in, check their response, and possibly test again.

    I now use the trifold as a weekly assignment. Students can choose a topic to explore on StudyJams! and then complete the trifold by the end of the week.

    I love that Scholastic offers this free, fun, and engaging student activity. I love the visuals, videos, and opportunity to check for understanding. The students have connected with the characters and are learning new things that they are excited to share.

    Do you use StudyJams!? How so? I shared in an earlier post about how I incorporate this same activity into our student-centered learning time as an assessment tool. I’d love to hear of more ways of how to incorporate StudyJams! into my learning environment.

    Thank you for reading.

    Smiles,

    Kriscia

     

    I love giving students the opportunity to own their learning. Many times this comes from browsing useful Internet sites to learn about topics that students may not have thought about looking into before. Here is how I incorporate StudyJams! into student learning.

    Note to teachers: The implementation of this system took time for modeling and scaffolding. Depending upon the age range, you can decide how much to implement at one time.

     

     

    What is StudyJams!?

    Great question! StudyJams! is Scholastic's very user-friendly teaching tool that offers videos and short reads on over 200 important math and science topics. Teachers can use StudyJams! for an introduction to a concept, reinforcement for a concept, review, and also to spark an interest in student learning.

     

    Start With Exploration

    Our first visit to StudyJams! is for exploration. Students get to click and find. Videos get watched and karaoke songs get played. We end our time sharing what we discovered as we look on my computer using the projector. We visit StudyJams! daily, doing this exact same thing for about a week. Students find topics they want to watch videos of, and eagerly share with classmates what was discovered.

     

    Move on to the Task

    Our next visit, the following week becomes more of a learning-based focus. I start by passing out this trifold. We go over the first three sections as a class. To introduce the concept of using the trifold, we complete the first one together. I have the whole class at their seats, looking at my screen via a projector. Everyone has a trifold that we are filling out together. 

    I demonstrate how to get to StudyJams! and find the “Hot Topic” section. We fill in the blank on the first line and then answer the question on the trifold.

    *Note: The Hot Topic does not always change. I take time during our whole class discovery to show students how to use the "Science" tab to look up other topics that might interest them. Any topic they choose can be considered a "Hot Topic."

    Next, is the "Key Vocabulary." I point out where the words are on the Hot Topic page and then ask students to pick three words to write with its meaning on the trifold.

    The last task on the font side of the trifold is to find the main idea and supporting details of the video shown. I model this for the students, taking their responses and placing them in the appropriate place.

    When we return to this task the next day, I model how to go back to StudyJams! and then continue with the back side of the trifold. 

    The information on the back is additional ways for students to show their understanding of the topic. We spend more time having a conversation about what valid responses might be and how much effort we should put into completing our work effectively.

    The last task asks students to take the “Test Yourself” quiz and reflect on their scores. I demonstrate to the class how to take the test, use the “Review Your Answers” feature to go back in, check their response, and possibly test again.

    I now use the trifold as a weekly assignment. Students can choose a topic to explore on StudyJams! and then complete the trifold by the end of the week.

    I love that Scholastic offers this free, fun, and engaging student activity. I love the visuals, videos, and opportunity to check for understanding. The students have connected with the characters and are learning new things that they are excited to share.

    Do you use StudyJams!? How so? I shared in an earlier post about how I incorporate this same activity into our student-centered learning time as an assessment tool. I’d love to hear of more ways of how to incorporate StudyJams! into my learning environment.

    Thank you for reading.

    Smiles,

    Kriscia

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