Hey Western Mass LST Network!
I've reached out to you all recently to get your questions and feedback on using Lifeskills in the classroom, and several of you have asked about ACTIVITIES. "How can I weave activities that get my students up and moving around into the Lifeskills program without losing control of a classroom?"
Today's blog post offers up the first of several ideas in response to this very question! Back at the training in September in Greenfield, MA, the web-based resource Kahoot was mentioned as a great way to review concepts in a unit. Here's a way that I've taken the content in LST lessons and worked it into a really fun and engaging Kahoot activity!
Once you create your Kahoot and display a "Join Kahoot" code on your Smartboard or projector, students join the class Kahoot session using a laptop, Chromebook, iPad or smartphone. As the teacher, you create the questions and answers. It's easy to take any concept or objective in LST and turn it into a Kahoot question. See my example below:
After they see this question screen, another screen appears with four possible answers (one of which you previously designated as correct)
Clearly, you all know the correct answer...right? Students key in their responses within a 30 - 60 second period of time. Points are awarded for both QUICK responses as well as correct answers.
My students LOVE Kahoot! I use it either to introduce new content, or as a way to review before an assessment. Another great activity comes from having the students WRITE the Kahoot questions themselves, which is a great higher-order thinking activity. As the teacher, you can then collect their questions, edit if necessary, and use these to create your Kahoot. Students feel incorporated into the teaching/learning/assessment process. I've found this to be a great hook.
Have you used Kahoot already? Got questions about using Kahoot? Tell us what you think!
More posts coming up soon about ACTIVITIES in the LST classroom!
Yours in prevention,
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*Facing Addiction in America: The Surgeon General’s Report on Alcohol, Drugs, and Health, 2016