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I’ve used the kinesthetic hook, people prop hook, and the safari hook. I believe it is impossible to expect students to stay seated and not tune out during your lessons for a good amount of the duration of the day. Kids (and their teachers!) need to move around to stay alert and motivated.

I’ve used the kinesthetic hook when introducing new vocabulary words/spelling words. Students have to do some sort of movement when spelling out the words (jumping jacks, running in place, a stretch etc). I usually pick a leader for each word to stand at the front of the class that chooses which movement to use for the word.

For a science lesson involving the solar system I had students make various things you find in space using artistic freedom (paper plates, construction paper, colors, ribbon, pipe cleaners etc), and standing around the room with their creation according to where the planets should be, stars, and other various space things. They had a lot of fun!

I’ve taken students around the school to find various shapes. Also to collect rocks and leaves for a science lesson. It’s also fun to take them to a different place to read out loud to them. Just a change of scenery can do a world of good! 


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Reply with quote  #17 
I knoe the kinesthetic hook works - getting students to move as part of the lesson makes it less like a lesson. In teaching combining like terms I hang x's and y's around volunteers' necks and have student manipulators move the x's and y's around to represent and simplify expressions. It brings home the concept more clearly.

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Reply with quote  #18 
Since I teach ESL online, I try to engage my students in a different manner. I use a reward system that is incorporated within the lesson, also I can use a reward system I created on my own. At the end of each lesson students can receive 1-5 stars. Most of my hooks involves visual and auditory, so there is a lot of TPR, singing, using props, and wait time for responses. By using this particular formula of teaching students are able to build their confidence in speaking the English language.

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Reply with quote  #19 
I used the Craft Store Hook this fall after teaching my 3rd graders about various Native American dwellings.  I knew the kids were very familiar with TiPis and had already done numerous crafts on them from K-2.  So, we made wigwams!  They loved it and I loved watching 2 students, in particular, who were not strong academically, make our two best wigwams.  I passed out pipe cleaners, air-dry clay and brown lunch sacks.  We were all proud of the results.
My one bulletin board is entitled "Reading Takes You Places".  Many students at our school will never drive more than an hour in any direction so, expanding their world through reading is one of my goals.  I love the Picasso and Mozart hooks to highlight the differences in places and times.  My goal is to incorporate one piece of artwork and one song each week to go with the literature that we are reading.

Erin Illian

Posts: 49
Reply with quote  #20 
I have used the Kinesthetic Hook frequently. I believe that the more senses you can engage, the more memorable the lesson becomes. We all have different learning styles, our kinesthetic learners are probably least targeted. One activity in particular that I did with students involved writing multiplication facts all over beach balls. Students tossed the beach balls and answered the problem their hand landed on when catching the ball.
Another time, we had a relay race of solving math problems on the chalkboard. We have also used hand clapping rhythms to learn multiplication facts. Just getting students up and moving engages students at a different level and makes the experience more memorable.


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Reply with quote  #21 
I will use the Safari hook:

There are many things in art that we could actually go outside to do or into another area of the school. For instance I can teach perspective by having students sit in a hallway and look down it to do the drawing. I could also add in props to show how things are smaller further away they get.

Lacey Griffith :) 

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Reply with quote  #22 
I have used the kinesthetic hook before. I put vocab words and definitions on a soccor ball and have the students match them and eventually they can give their own definitions to the vocabulary words. I also like to use the drama hook as a way for students to act out a story or concept of what they have learned.
Laura Niehues

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Reply with quote  #23 
I teach four year olds, so I incorporate the kinesthetic hook into everything I possibly can. They are going to move anyway, so I use it to my advantage! We use our bodies to make letters, add movements during storytelling, exercise while counting, and move between centers.
I also love to use the safari hook. Our campus has an area called the Habitat, equipped with a story circle, trees, flowers, birdhouses, and picnic tables. We visit this area with notepads and pencils to look for insects. We make recycled bird feeders. We observe the seasonal changes and plant/animal life cycle changes. We can find bird nests. We also clean trash and discuss being good citizens.

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Reply with quote  #24 
The Mozart hook works well for me during transition times and during work time. I have music playing (the same instrumental CD...going on 3 years!) that signals it's time to work and more upbeat songs when it's time to clean up and get ready for something different.  

I'd like to try the Message Board hook more this year especially after Christmas when most of the kids can read.

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Reply with quote  #25 
Choose a hook from pages 87-137.  How have you used this hook or how do you plan to use the hook in the future to engage your students?

I have used "The Mozart Hook" with my former Geometry team.  We allowed the Geometry students to create their own videos on different Geometric concepts that we had taught throughout the school year.  The videos the students created were AMAZING!  They created fun raps, songs, and skits.  The students seemed to have a great time during the process too.  AND I have even used the student videos during different times during my teaching units.

Jennifer Goedken

Posts: 32
Reply with quote  #26 
The "Mozart Hook" is a favorite of mine, as I sub for the local elementary PE teacher often.  Exercise without music is like trying to eat without utensils.  You can do it, but there is no joy in it[smile]  No matter what grade, Kindergarten through 5th, we always start with warmup exercises to get the heart beating and set the mood for the sprint, volleyball, softball, etc.  I try to incorporate recent, popular tunes that the kids listen to regularly, making sure the tempo fits the exercise we are doing, such as jumping jacks, sit ups, push ups, or run in place.  As long as the tunes are a favorite among the kids, it livens their step and makes the exercise seem less like a chore and more like fun.  That's what teaching is all about!
Rita Wilcox

Posts: 67
Reply with quote  #27 

I used to use the Mozart hook with my kindergarteners.  I would pick out instrumental (usually soundtrack) CDs from my collection and then write the list of “topics” out for them to vote on.   Jurassic Park became “dinosaurs”.  Star Trek or Star Wars became “space adventure”.    Hunt for Red October became “submarine music”.    They would vote, and that became the soundtrack for our writing time that day.  They wrote so much better when there was music, especially when they got to pick it out.  (I also cheated and used that to put a stop to all the tardy students – they were only allowed to vote if they were on time.)

I don’t remember if I ever encouraged them to write something that went with the theme music for the day.  That would’ve been a good idea.  


Posts: 48
Reply with quote  #28 
I've used  Kinesthetic and the people prop hook many times, especially in math, to help my students understand linear concepts.  The Picasso hook was popular too as all the classes I co-taught required projects.  With students with autism who had a stimming activity I also use What's in it for me.  I chunked their work giving them opportunities to relax.  As time went on my chunks were larger and their stims were smaller.  Eventually they completed the class work and then relaxed.
Sanna Roling

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Reply with quote  #29 
Next school year I will be teaching second graders.  I plan to use the following hooks for vocabulary in all subjects:

Kinesthethetic Hook
People Prop Hook
Picasso Hook
Mozart Hook
Craft Store Hook
Mystery Bag Hook
Contest Hook
Mnemonic Hook

     I have used a little bit of Craft Store Hook, Mystery Bag Hook, Contest Hook and
Mnemonic Hook in previous lessons throughout the years with elementary and secondary students.


Posts: 45
Reply with quote  #30 
I would like to use the Mozart Hook with my students.  I enjoy music and think the students will enjoy using it as well.  If anyone has songs or music ideas to use with children's books I would appreciate it if you would share them.  I also like the costume and craft store hooks.  Costumes can create a lot of interest with literature and doing crafts along with books will definitely increase interest and motivation.
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