Scaffolded DBs

So by now, you know I that I LOVE to create DBs. Creating clues for each of my DBs is better than chocolate (well, maybe not better, but right there at it)!

After sharing and modeling in many 3rd, 4th, and 5th-grade classrooms, I found that some classes need more of a scaffolded approach; at least for their first couple of DBs. This led me to research other approaches to DBs.

I decide on Google Slides. Most things that I create tend to end up as something Google-ly. I became a Google Certified Trainer in 2015 and I LOVE all things Google as much as I love creating and sharing DBs.

I created a DB in Google Slide and this is what I found…

I created a slide for the synopsis (what is happening in the DB and why you are trying to solve the clues and unlock the locks).

I then create four more slides. One for each clue and for each lock. Students click on the clue  (URL) and try to solve the lock. Once they have a guess for the lock, the students will need to click on the lock (URL). Once the students click submit, then click on “VIEW ACCURACY.” This is the most important step, if they did not get the clue correct they will get a red “x” and will need to try again until they get the green check. 

This is where the magic happens!

Students first must solve the clue then click the lock to try their guess.
Students will type in their guess, then click SUBMIT.
Click VIEW ACCURACY or Submit another response
Try Again!
You Got It!

Students continue until all four locks are unlocked! This takes about 45 minutes to one hour. Students that struggle with other DBs tend to be much more successful with the scaffolded approach. 

Please feel to reach out to me if you would like to know more about scaffolding DBs for your students. 

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