This is the most frequently asked question, so let’s start here. Everyone believes that no-prep warm-ups for word study and reading comprehension are great, but how do you use them?
How do You Use the Spiral Warm-Ups?
After giving students brief direction on what to expect in today’s warm-up activities (i.e. turn and talk, needing paper), you press play and project the warm-up. There are two types of warm-ups:
- Interactive video, which provides more support and directions for the students.
- Projectable task card, which allows you to guide the talking, question, and responding.
Can you assign individual students to warm-ups?
You can work on the warm-ups as a whole group or in a small group, like a station or guided reading. At this time, we don’t have individual student accounts, but this is such a common request and a great fit for personalized learning.
Individual student accounts are definitely on our to-do lists, but there is no specific timeline.
Do they just work on the warms-ups as partners?
You could have the students log on to a single computer, but they will need your account, which we don’t recommend. However, a small group that is under your supervision could work well.
Log in to a computer. Pull a few students over who need a specific skill and let them complete the work. Most of the warm-ups are highly interactive with plenty of choral response and student talking, so you will want to do this only in an intervention group with your supervision.
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