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What is a Brain Board?
-A Brain Board is a location where student and teacher thinking about a text is located. The teacher will have materials ready for each day (simply cut and tape/glue). Students will interact with critical thinking questions and apply literacy strategies as they read and respond, using the Brain Board to reflect on their previous learning and to support future learning.
-A Brain Board is a great way to delve deeply into a text. This concept works best with novels for a novel study in guided reading groups or as a whole class. A shorter version of a Brain Board can be applied to shorter texts used in guided reading groups in lower grades.
-Students can interact with the Brain Board by posting responses on Post-it notes, and they can also draw diagrams or images to supplement their thinking as well.
How do you use it?
1. Get a piece of bulletin board paper. Fasten across a whiteboard or against wall, where students can easily view it.
2. Cut and glue pieces for each chapter or portion of a text so they are prepared for the lesson.
3. Each day, students will read and interact with the Brain Board to ask and answer questions, collaboratively participate in discussion, and apply reading strategies to the text.
4. Use the thought bubbles as a way to show what students should be thinking about or what skill they should be applying for a particular section on the Brain Board.