Everyone knows what these are, right? It’s an instant real-world connection and engages the students because first of all, teachers don’t use EMOJIs, do they? ;] And secondly, it caters to all learners. No matter what your reading level is, you can still communicate using Emojis. Most of our students do it on a daily basis.
In my Social Science classroom, we were learning about Piaget’s Pre-operational Stage and used the Emojis to demonstrate how children are learning that symbols can represent different things and ideas. We also practiced creating short stories with the Emojis and had partners guess what they are. This was a great modification for many of my ELLs who could participate instantly and it also gave them a great platform to practice speaking and listening.
Other Fun Ideas Using Emoji’s in the Classroom:
Exit Slips: Create envelopes of Emojis and have students create a short visual summary of the content or skill you covered that day. It’s a fun and easy formative assessment to wrap up a lesson. It gets students to visualize a concept in a way that is meaningful for them.
Creative Writing: In pairs, have students create short lines of Emoji stories and trade with a partner. The partner must write a short story telling what is going on with the Emojis. When finished, they can read each other’s stories and discuss the discrepancies.
Literature: From summaries of stories, to expressing tone, I’m sure there is a multitude of ways these little symbols can make your reading come to life.
My students enjoyed the use of something they see every day bringing their classroom content to life, so I think yours will too.
How else might you use emoji's in the classroom? Share with me in the comments below!
Until next Friday...
This is a segment I started on my previous blog, but I'm going to move it here. “Fun Idea Friday” will feature tidbits that are easily adaptable for most classrooms. My hope is that eventually I can have others share fun ideas as well!
My first “Fun Idea” is something I recently used in the classroom, but in no way can I take full creative credit for it. In fact, it was my awesome Social Science co-planner’s idea. I’m not sure if it’s original to him, but it’s fun, so I’m sharing! I will tell you how we used it and then give you some ideas for how you could possibly use it in your own classroom.
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