Lesson Plan

Creating Flash Cards to Remediate, Practice, and Extend

This is a lesson flow that I use for students to create flash cards from different websites
Marcello S.
Classroom teacher
Rocketship Mateo Sheedy Elementary School
San Jose, CA
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My Grades 3
My Subjects English Language Arts
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Students will be able to...

-Define what a flash card is

-Explain how flash cards help us learn

-Take ownership over their learning and see their own power in driving their education

-Identify key points and key words from articles and videos

English Language Arts
Social Studies
Grades K - 5
All Notes
Teacher Notes
Student Notes

1 Introduction

This lesson flow is a wide open one that you can change to suit your situation but I'll give you a basic structure you can follow.

First start by introducing students to the ideas of (your students may already be comfortable with these ideas):

-studying (learning knowledge by looking at it more than once)
-learning (the idea that we don't know anything until we try, we all start with no knowledge as babies, so you're only as smart as the work you put in)
-the power they have (they are with themselves 24/7 you are only with them in class and most likely for only one school year, if they learn ways to improve their own learing they can use those tools forever)
-The idea of flash cards and the structure of them (they are facts and ideas that we practice so that we can memorize them)
-Optional: "easy" knowledge and "creative or hard" knowledge. Some knowledge is easy and we just memorize it (2x2 and a square has four sides) this is what flash cards are for, easy knowledge can allow us to be creative and have more "hard" knowledge, if you know what 2x2 is you can figure out a word problem or improve a project/business you want to do.
-One or more online resources, introduce the fact that they can use online resources whenever they have internet and a computer and can build their own knowledge.

Student Instructions

You don't need a teacher to learn! You can learn all on your own anytime of the day! Check out some of the websites to the left and see what you can learn! (try typing in a subject in math that you are learing about right now)

2 Instruction

You are now going to show kids how to create flash cards, which includes two basic steps:

Identify key words or key ideas from the video
Write those ideas on flashcards (go over answer on one side, question on the other)

My personal favorite combo is gflash+ with google docs (you create a spreadsheet of key terms and gflash turns them into flash cards), some other options are:
http://www.kitzkikz.com/flashcards/ (for printable flash cards)

After they know how to identify key words (you can release and let students do a practice run all on the same video and compare key words/concepts to see how kids are doing (make sure to compare questions and answers to make sure they are getting both right) show students how to create the flash cards: One column (column A) will be questions the other (column B) will be answers. Then show them how to use the iPad to import cards to gflash (or walk them through using which ever flash card resource you choose). You can also use Google Slides and put questions on odd numbered slides and answers on even numbered slides then flip through slides.

Student instructions are only for students who have already done this once with you (it'd be hard/impossible for them to do this the first time through on their own for grades k-5)

Student Instructions

You are now going to create your own study material from the learning videos you've found. Create a Google Sheet with questions in column A and answers in column B. (Does this sound new to you? Ask your teacher)

3 Creating and Using Flashcards

The best way to first release and have students practice is this:

Choose a YouTube video  that your students are interested in (preferably academic but it could be slightly less academic for the fun factor)

Have all students create a set of flash cards from the video and then compare and contrast outcomes and troubleshoot problems students are having

This creates a low stakes and fun environment to be introduced to flash cards.

From here the sky is the limit, you can:

Have students create flash cards for each new subject you study.
Have students self extend and creat flash cards on whatever they want.
Have students create fun flash cards about other students interests, family member facts, etc.
Move into creating other study materials like slide shows of facts, summary documents, etc.