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The Hook: "A short introductory moment that captures what's interesting and engaging about the material and puts it out front." (Teach Like a Champion)


Examples of Hooks:

Story - use the tree story to introduce a tree investigation

Analogy -

Prop - using costumes at friendship circle

Media - playing owl sounds before lesson about owls

Status - your group will do the "greatest" x,y, or z today

Challenge - When doing team building, allow the students to try on their own first


A good hook...

is short

easily transitions into the lesson

is energetic and optimistic

In the example video, I am 'hooking' my students into an A&B/PCD lesson by having them try to save "squeaky" in the box. The students build the ecosystem and we go into a lesson on the important components in every ecosystem and talk about why they are each important, connected, and dependent on one-another


In this video, I (Laura) am hooking my students into navigating to the harbor using map and compass. The introduction of this hook involved having students close their eyes and imagine a place they know very well--students imagined walking around that place for a minute or two. Then we went around and shared their places. I told them that IslandWood is a place I can get around easily, but when I moved here last fall I didn't even know how to get from my house (Grad Lodge) to campus. We discussed how a person could get around a place they weren't familiar with, students suggested asking for directions, using a compass, looking for landmarks, using a map, etc. Then we began to discuss compasses--how does a compass work? This compass illuminates the general components of all compasses, a magnetic needle and a liquid to float in. The needle, a sewing needle, is magnetized by striking lengthwise against a small magnet about 20 times. I had students help to do this. This aligns the electrons of the needle, creating a magnetic charge. The needle is poked through a salal leaf (for flotation) and floated in a bowl of water. The needle (slowly) points north because of the earth's magnetic field. It is not magic, it is science!

After digging deeper into compasses, we began our journey to the harbor. The students were so enthusiastic to explore with their compasses (even though we had to leave the leaf and bowl behind.)!