Asking children to recall and retell information throughout the day is a simple, yet powerful way to boost brain power.
Right Now! Right Now!
Several times a day call out in an enthusiastic voice:
Right now, right now, right now, right now! (Children freeze.)
Who can tell me something they’ve learned that they didn’t know when they came in the classroom this morning. (Point to random children to tell you something they’ve learned. This will be difficult at first, but keep doing it and they will improve.)
Partner Share – Children turn to a friend or study buddy and retell a story, reteach a lesson, etc.
Catch and Tell – Toss a ball, beanbag, or wadded up sheet of paper to a student. That student tells something she learned and then tosses it back to you. Continue tossing the ball to other students.
Recall Chant – End the day by going around the room as you say this chant to each child:
Hey, Hey, what do you say?
What did you learn in school today?
(Children say what they learned.)
Microphone - Pass a play microphone around the room as each students says something they learned.
*Let them pretend to be news reporters as they state the "facts" of what they did at school.
Good for You – Children pat themselves on the back as they tell what they learned or what they did that made them feel proud.
Kiss Your Brain – Write “Kiss Your Brain!” on a poster and tape it to your door. Before children leave for the day they must say something they learned and then kiss their brains.
Catch a Star
Ask children to think of something new they learned or something they did that made them feel proud. Tell them to reach up and grab a star and then put it in their hearts.
Close Your Eyes and Smile
Have children close their eyes. If they can see something new they learned they can open their eyes and smile at you.
Children make a fist and then hold up a finger for each new thing they learned that day.