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Using Duct Tape to Make information “Stick”

Found In: end of the year, review & test prep, student presentations

During the last month and a half of the school year, while battling student spring fever, I found new ways to keep students engaged while helping classroom teachers review content material. I had a lot of duct tape left over from other student projects – duct tape whose colors, designs, and rectangular shape make the tape perfect borders for various student work samples. Anchor charts and assorted graphic organizers became the main focus of this lesson, as students reviewed various subjects. Once the students’ work was complete, they got to display this work, making a frame from construction paper and duct tape of their choice.

Some 3rd graders used duct tape borders to display multiplication arrays, while others displayed their anchor charts about Juan Ponce de Leon, Jacques Cartier and other European explorers. Soon, though, I decided to use the duct tape and the visual display idea with other classes as well. Second graders were assigned one of the three economic resources (human, natural, and capital) and completed bubble maps to illustrate examples of these resources. Fourth graders made tree maps describing different types of clouds. In addition, 4th graders were assigned one of the five geographic regions of Virginia and made bubble maps, describing the land, resources, and industries of the regions.

The student work was displayed in the school hallway with the heading, Anchor Charts and Graphic Organizers Make Thinking Visible. Duct Tape Makes It All “Stick.”


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