In the Trenches

Thoughts and Ideas from a Classroom Teacher


on January 29, 2012

For the next few days, I will probably be posting about and trying out some of the ideas from DEN SciCon this weekend. Here are the archives to all of SciCon. Don’t miss out on all the wonderful ideas! Another idea that was shared yesterday was a way to provide opportunities for students to interact with media and text. I loved this AEIOU idea.

As you read a passage / watch a short video / analyze a picture, look for an

A – adjective

E – emotion

I – interest

O – oh!

U – um?

I also love the idea of using a site like PicLits to find pictures to share with students or even allow them to use it to create their own AEIOU to share. Here’s an example that I made.

PicLit from
See the full PicLit at

You could also use something like a movie trailer. Here’s another example.

A – nerve-wracking

E – excited

I – how the Hunger Games themselves will be presented

O – this isn’t quite what I imagined when I read the book

U – when does it come out?

I keep seeing ways that this can be adapted across the curriculum and across grade levels! I can’t wait to use it with my students this week!

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