Headline Of The Day
Contributed by Angel Thompson
In this short and fun closing activity, students collectively reflect on the session by creating headlines.
- In your own words, declare the session as newsworthy and needing a headline. For example: “Today’s class was so eventful, someone could write a news story about it. If that happened, what would the headline be?”
- If needed, define what a headline is and share a visual example.
- Invite students to take a minute and think of 1 or 2 words that would describe the day. It could be an activity, a material, a feeling; whatever word that comes to mind is fine. When students have a word, ask them to let you know by giving a signal.
- Invite students to share their words and record them on a chart or whiteboard. Depending on group size you can popcorn, call on students or if virtual have them enter them into the chat. A wordbank of ten or more words works best.
- Ask students to make a headline from the wordlist. This step can be done individually, in small groups, or collaboratively as a class.
- You can provide a sample headline. If you are concerned that students may defer to your sample as the ‘right’ one, use an alternate word bank such as: Creative, Blue, Scissors, Fun, Art, Hard, Sticky, Hungry, Octagon, Cutting, Awesome. For example, Cutting Blue Octagons is Hard Creative Fun OR Sticky Blue Octagons were Awesomely Hungry.
- Share the headlines. If there is time, this activity can be extended by inviting students to share which one they liked best.
Transition into Activity
Share your accolades with the class regarding the session.
Transition out of Activity
Announce headline(s) in a 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 observe you and each other in whatever arrangement makes sense.
- Allow ample time for a response when asking questions.
- Responses can be communicated verbally, written, signed or with an augmentative communication device.
- Consider providing an illustration of or an actual newspaper that can accompany the definition of a headline.
- The word bank words can be written on individual cards so they can be chosen and physically arranged.
Possible Roles for Classroom Professionals
- Participate and model the activity including word combinations.
- Assist in communicating responses with students utilizing adaptive supports.
Adjustments for Remote Instruction
- Use a 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.