Headline Of The Day
Contributed by Angel Thompson
A closing ritual activity to check in on what students did during class and take a quick moment to reflect on how they felt about it.
- Today’s class was so amazing/eventful/memorable/etc, someone should write a news story about it. I bet we could come up with the headline. Lets do that!
- First we should take a minute and think of 1 or 2 words that would describe today. It could be an activity we did, a material we used, a feeling you experienced – Whatever word comes to mind is fine. When you have a word, let me know by giving me a thumbs up.
- Would anyone like to share their word? I will write them down (Depending on group size you can popcorn, call on students or have them enter them into the chat. 10+ words works best).
- Lets see if we can make a headline out of these words. (Older students may make headlines themselves and propose them while younger students may depend on you and other adults in the room to suggest.)
- Sample: Creative, Blue, Scissors, Fun, Art, Hard, Sticky, Hungry, Octagon, Cutting, Awesome = Cutting Blue Octagons is Hard Creative Fun OR Sticky Blue Octagons were Awesomely Hungry.
- Multiple headlines are a fine outcome or students can vote on which one they like best
Transition into Activity
Share your accolades with class.
Transition out of Activity
Announce headline(s) in reporter voice, perhaps with an “that’s all for now back to you (Teacher’s Name).
Students at desks/tables or in community space. All students should be able to see you and each other in whatever arrangement makes sense.
- Allow extra time for a response when asking questions.
- Responses can be communicated verbally, written or with a device.
- Illustration of or an actual newspaper can accompany definition of a headline.
Role of the Teachers and Paraprofessionals
- Participate and model activity (including word combinations).
- Assist in communicating responses from nonverbal students, or student who submit written responses.
Use whiteboard and/or chat to take notes. Use the chat for students to submit their words and headline suggestions. Or use a word cloud for students to submit words.