Students may require different levels of support as they work through Challenge tasks. Following are tips and strategies for supporting students’ varying needs.

Match students by ability. Pair students with differing abilities so each can each bring their strengths to the activity and help each other.

Match students by language. Pair students who speak the same language so that they can provide language support to each other.

Model how to do a Challenge. Think aloud your steps and strategies.

Preview Challenge tasks.  On a whiteboard or other display, open the movie in one tab and the associated Challenge in another. Students need not focus on right or wrong answers. The idea is to preview the tasks. You can switch back and forth from the movie to the Challenge as you need. As you do this, encourage students to organize their notes, with a section for each Challenge task.

Signal Words. Provide signal words, sentences starters, sentence frames, linking terms, and any language you think students need to discuss the task.

Partner Talk Time. Allow time for partners to practice recounting, discussing, or explaining the task.

Academic Language Word Wall. Students will encounter similar academic language across multiple topics throughout the Challenge tasks. Create a class academic word wall for students to add to whenever they encounter similar language. For example, for the phrase contributed to, you may have the following in the word wall: added to, included, played a role in, participated in, supported, influenced, impacted, caused.

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