Class-Yes

Hands-Eyes

Teach/Ok

Check for Understanding

Objective:

Today we are going to learn about  _____________________

“Tell your neighbour what we will learn about today.”

Pull 2- 3 equity sticks to check teach/ok

State Common Core Standard:

Our standard today is __________________________

Tell why are we learning this:

This is important BECAUSE ___________________

Use Because Slappers: "Because" is probably the single most important word in clear thinking, because it introduces evidence for your conclusions. Slap one hand on top of the other when you use "because" to show your are "building" evidence. 

“Teach your neighbour why  we are why we are learning about _______. #1’s use because slapper and #2 let me see your listening ears.”
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State the Question

Q:    

“Teach your neighbour what I just taught you. #1’s use complete sentences and #2 let me see your listening ears.”
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Give answer with gesture:

A:  

Gesture:  

Expand answer and give/get examples:

Highlight Brain Toys to use

  • Props
  • Air Blackboard
  • Magic Mirror
  • Sockless Hand Puppets
  • Infinity Sack
  • Example Popper
  • Vocab Candy
  • Two Finger, All Terrain, Action Figures, with Anti-Gravity Boots
  • Because Slapper

When you use the "Teach/Okay". Instead of (clap twice) "Teach"...try this...(Clap Twice) "Props" and the kids say "Okay". 

Evaluate Yes/No QT Test

Critical Thinking:

  • Question/Answer
  • Adder
  • Concluder

OR

Compare/Contrast: Bump your fist together when contrasting; lace your fingers together when comparing. Compare/Contrast is probably the most powerful, most deeply explanatory of all Brain Toys...use frequently! 

Review:

  • Play Yes/ No Way
  • Play Cutie
  • Include in Mind Soccor

Question/Answer

Gesture: Touch tip of pointers to tips of thumbs then pull the hands apart like pulling a string apart.

Every question the teacher asks of a student, should be answered with a complete sentence that includes words from the question.

Adder

Gesture: The teacher points her forefingers at each other and rolls them, as if saying, “more!”

The Adder compliments the Question Answer. When students respond to the teacher’s query, the Adder

supplements their answer with new information.

Concluder

Gesture: The teacher crosses one hand above the other, as if saying “safe” or “the play is over”.

The Concluder compliments the Adder and Question Answer. When students respond to the teacher’s query, the Adder supplements their answer with new information and the Concluder brings the answer to a close.

Brain Toys

Because Slappers: "Because" is probably the single most important word in clear thinking, because it introduces evidence for your conclusions. Slap one hand on top of the other when you use "because" to show your are "building" evidence.

Compare/Contrast: Bump your fist together when contrasting; lace your fingers together when comparing. Compare/Contrast is probably the most powerful, most deeply explanatory of all Brain Toys...use frequently! 

Props: books, pencils, papers, keys, even a whole classroom can become problems, ideas, events, abstractions, etc.
 

Air Blackboard: clean the dirty left corner; pull the screen to any size you want, make invisible diagrams.

Good for illustrating the relationship between ideas, creating outlines, anything that can be drawn.
“Pretend you are the teacher. Use an Air Chalkboard to explain (insert concept) to an imaginary class.”


Magic Mirror: Use your hands to act out a story. "First", (Hold up one finger)"the man drove his car to town" (Pantomime driving a car), etc.

Sockless Hand Puppets: great for conversations between opposing points of view: can be used to compare and contrast or in any dialogue situations.

Infinity Sack: Use the Infinity Sack when you need something that can't be illustrated by a single prop. Pull anything you want out of your infinity sack: mountains, cities, people, an ocean, a mouse, a planet of daffodils to use in any explanation...

Example Popper: Pop example out of the top of your head to illustrate important points.

Vocab Candy: “Pop a piece of (insert concept) in your mouth and say yum! Then, tell the class a sentence using that word.”

OR “Pop a piece of (insert concept) in your mouth and say yum. Then, tell the class a sentence using that word and use a because slapper to explain your reasoning.”

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wo Finger, All Terrain, Action Figures, with Anti-Gravity Boots:
use them to recreate any sequence of events in a story or a process. Walk your Action Figures on your desk, in the air, up your arm, anywhere. They're All Terrain! And they hop free of gravity!