This is an anticipation guide for an episode of Bill Nye - Chemical Reactions. I had a group of students without a lot of background knowledge. For students with difficulty focusing and little background knowledge, I like to keep attention through “gamification.” This clearly isn’t a game, BUT the student has the goal of getting as many correct as possible (grabbing their attention initially) and can feel like he/she is in competition with his/her peers. By having these statements before the video, students gain exposure to vocabulary, see how the words are spelled and the teacher/students can read the statements aloud so students hear how the words are pronounced. They hear how the words are used in context and start to acquire this academic language. I also use these strategies for EL students. The statements go in order, I’m not asking the student to write down words sight unseen while expecting the student to also listen and comprehend a new language. This is helpful for so many different students because it addresses so many different stumbling blocks to learning.
With this document, the statement is read aloud, students take a moment to decide if they think the statement is true or false. The students indicate this in the “Before T/F” column. While watching the video OR after, students fill out the “After T/F” column. We then go over this as a class, taking answers from volunteers or cold calling. You could also have students correct the statements.