Looking for a good bell starter activity for your social studies class? This CNN 10 (student news) video companion activity allows students to reflect on the news of the day. It ties common themes found in most social studies classes to current events. It holds students accountable for what they watch.
Incorporates sentence frames to help scaffold for ELLs.
Includes an explanation of social studies themes, correct and incorrect examples, and details on how I use this activity in my classes.
This is designed as a quick reflection, warm-up at the beginning of class. I allow students to either complete it during the video, or only spend 3-5 min. on it after the video.