Instructional Openings

Power Up

The Power Up is a component of the lesson in which I gamify computational skills that my students have seen in prior lessons, or pre-teach the recall aspects of an upcoming skill. The skill remains the same all week, culminating in an assessment that is tracked. My students use the tracker for investment and to earn Dojo Dollar bonuses in the class economy.

Strategy Resources (3)
Students In Action
 
 
Student Handout
 
 
This is an example of a Power Up used in class to pre-teach order of operations.
Student Handout
 
 
The Power Up Tracker is the investment component of the Power Up. Each week's skill culminates in an assessment on which students track mastery. If they receive an 80% or better on the assessment, my students are able to "Power Up" to another level.
Students In Action
 
 
Student Handout
 
 
This is an example of a Power Up used in class to pre-teach order of operations.
Student Handout
 
 
The Power Up Tracker is the investment component of the Power Up. Each week's skill culminates in an assessment on which students track mastery. If they receive an 80% or better on the assessment, my students are able to "Power Up" to another level.
Daniel Utset-Guerrero
Holmes Elementary School
Miami, FL


 

About this strategy

Prep Time:
Long
Subject:
Math
Grade:
Fifth grade
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