These entrees can be used throughout your lessons as low-prep, but HIGH IMPACT strategies.

Some of these are also great formative assessments.

Below each Entree are samples and links with more possibilities for using the strategy

Concept Map:

A new twist on a graphic organizer; the students concept map must answer 4 questions. The “it” is the concept you are covering in your classroom .

1. What is it? 2. What is it like? 3. What is it not? 4. Give examples.

Concept Map Templates 60 pdf templates for student concept maps
How to make a concept map A how to guide for a student to use to create maps on their own
Graphing Organizers templates More downloadable organizers for student use
Collaborative Maps How to use concept mapping with a group

R-A-N Chart: (Reading and Analyzing Non-Fiction)

This chart is better than a K-W-L chart. Students can complete the chart during independent reading or you can fill it in as a class and leave the chart up during a unit.

What you Know

What you Confirm in Rdng

What you Learned

Questions you Still Have


Include page #

More information about R-A-N charts

A history/reading application A discussion with demonstration of R-A-N used in a history class

Show, Don’t Tell:

The student will draw a picture and create a hand signal/movement to define a vocabulary word. Students will then present their drawing and hand signal to the class. The class must then choose what vocabulary word the student/group was representing in their drawing.

Q-A-R: (Question Answer Relationship)

Before students answer a question, they identify what type of questioning style is used. There are four types of questioning styles.

1. Right There – the answer is explicitly stated in the text

2. Think & Search – the answer is also in the text but not explicitly stated

3. Author & Me – Use the text to support the answer

QAR A how to guide to using in your classroom. Includes downloadable forms

Improving test scores Several linked articles about using QAR techniques to improve SAT/ACT and standardize test scores

Word Splash:

Make a “splash” of vocabulary words on the board, meaning write words at all different angles on the board/overhead. Then your students must logically put the words together. You will then read or lecture using the splash vocabulary words. Have your students revisit their initial word predictions and re-use the words in a way that logically supports the lecture or text.

Mind Mapping:

This strategy is used for students to organize, visualize, and remember information. Students may use pictures, color, and words to organize information into a graphic organizer. The only rule for the mind map is that the main topic must be in the center of the paper.

Why mind map Discussion of the mind mapping with examples
How to mind map Step by step instructions for students
Bubble us A free on-line resource to create mind maps.


“We Have, Who Has?”:

The strategy is used for review. Hand each pair of students a card with two statements: “We have . . .” and “Who has . . .?” Starting with one pair of students, have them read their question to the class. The pair who has the answer to the question will reply with the “we have” statement on their card. If the answer correctly matches the question, the pair will then read the question on the card.

Snowball Fight:

Have students take out a sheet of paper. Then direct your students to write their name/group’s names on the paper. Ask a question to your class. Your class will then answer the question on the sheet of paper. When they have finished answering the question, have your students wad the paper into a “snowball.” When you give your students the OK, they will throw their snowball across the room. Once all the snowballs are thrown, have the groups retrieve one snowball and check the answer. Repeat this until you have completed your list of questions or the students run out of room on the paper.