How to Use Jamboard Templates for Any Subject You Teach
Jamboard templates are perfect for exit tickets, brain dumps, check-ins, and more
Jamboards for reading, check! Jamboards for math, check! Jamboards to use with any subject?? Yes please!
Jamboard templates go way beyond your morning meeting discussion and share sessions. They’re an awesome tool to build community, guide your lessons, and get student feedback.
Most recently, I realized I wanted a set of templates that I could pull up in a pinch, no matter what subject I was teaching.
I ended up created a set of templates that includes 4 corners, stop and jots, brain dumps, exit tickets, polls, and other high use templates that I could use at any stage of a lesson:
I keep them linked in one place so I can access them with just a few clicks, even in right the middle of a lesson. 🙌🏽
Using Jamboard has been one of the best ways to get instant feedback and participation from my students because well, they LOVE Jamboard, so therefore love responding!
Keep reading to learn about some of my favorite ways to use these all subject Jamboards.
1. Use Jamboards for lesson warm-ups
Jamboard is a great way to get students ready for the lesson you’re about to teach.
I especially love using brain dumps and think-alouds to poll my students about a topic before we start.
You might ask a question to see what students already know about a topic. For instance, What do you know about animal adaptations?
Before you start your mini-lesson on descriptive writing, you might use the brainstorm Jamboard and say, Let’s brainstorm a list descriptive words we could use instead of “happy” in our writing.
You can also use warm-up Jamboards to review something you talked about the day before. Warm-Up: Give an example of a cone shape you might see in the real world.
Before a reading mini-lesson on reading strategies, you might take a poll using the 4 corners template asking students which strategy they tend to use the most.
You can use Jamboards to prepare for your lessons, too. For instance, the Jamboard below can be given to students as a bell ringer or at the beginning of your reading lesson. Use the feedback to plan lessons around what students need.
Here are some other warm-up Jamboard template ideas you can use in your classroom:
2. Use Jamboard after a read-aloud to start your discussion
Using Jamboard to ask thought provoking questions after a read aloud is a great way to start a discussion and get maximum participation.
It sometimes feels like there’s never enough time to hear from all your students, especially after a really good read-aloud!
Many times it’s the same students that raise their hand to share. It’s easy to for those quieter learners’ ideas to go unshared.
Jamboard is an ideal tool to hear from everyone.
After a read-aloud, have students respond to a discussion question in Jamboard. You can have students put their names on their sticky note or let them be anonymous, giving even more comfort to those who aren’t always confident sharing their ideas.
Have students discuss the theme or lesson of a story, talk about character traits that the main characters exhibit, or ask students their predictions for the next chapter. Use their responses to guide your discussion.
The Jamboard below asks students to choose one word to describe Mr. Fookwire in the book, Those Darn Squirrels.
3. Use a Jamboard template during your mini-lesson for reading, math, science, writing, health, and social studies
You can use a Jamboard template during the middle of your mini-lesson to gauge how students are grasping the concept. And again, instead of asking a question and only having a few students respond, you can actually hear from all of your students.
Stop + Jot is a template that acts like a think-pair-share. Instead of sharing with just one partner, they can share their idea with the whole class.
I love using Jamboard right at the end of my mini-lesson before students go off to work to make sure everyone has an idea. This keeps students accountable and prevents them from sitting at their desks, secretly not working because they couldn’t think of an idea.
For example, after a lesson on the process of making orange juice and creating a flowchart, I’ll give students a Jamboard with the question, What idea are you thinking of for your Social Studies farm to table flowchart?
See the Jamboard below for students’ project ideas.
You can also use a Jamboard template for students to ask questions during or after the mini-lesson.
Students can ask their questions anonymously if you don’t require that they put their name on the sticky note.
This can help students feel more comfortable asking. Plus, someone else may have the same question but was too shy to ask it!
Here are some mini-lesson Jamboard template ideas you might want to use:
3. Use Jamboard for exit tickets and lesson wrap-ups/reflection
If there’s a part of the lesson that usually gets forgotten, it’s the wrap-up/reflection part. I’m guilty of somedays being so tight on time that I have students clean up their independent work and transition to the next subject without coming back together to wrap up the lesson.
Having students acknowledge and explain what they learned from a lesson helps to make it stick.
If you have a reflection/sum it up Jamboard ready to go, you’re going to be more likely to remember to do it. It makes the recap more fun for students and it gives you instant feedback from them.
For example, you can have students write one sentence to summarize what they learned or share their biggest takeaway.
Another idea for a reflection Jamboard is for students to think about the trickiest part for them or what really stood out (Eureka!) that helped them understand the new concept.
You can also use Jamboard to have students rate their understanding after they’ve worked on their independent tasks. This will help you gauge how your class as a whole is understanding the concept.
You can also ask students for feedback on how they liked a lesson. Use a Stars and Wishes Jamboard to have students tell you what they loved and what they wish they could change about an assignment or lesson.
There’s endless ideas for exit tickets and reflection Jamboards. Here are some more of my favorite ideas:
5. Celebrate your students with Jamboard 🥳
I also like rewarding students that worked well during independent or partner work.
Jamboard is great for this.
Sometimes I’ll display a Student Shout- Outs template so students can write comments about a student who worked well or tried on something new in their reading or writing.
Students love to be recognized and at the same time it’s indirectly reinforcing the lesson objectives.
You can also use the Student Spotlight template after a student has presented their work or project. Have students write a sticky note with what the student did well and a suggestion for ways they can improve.
These are just some of the ways you can use Jamboard during your school day for any subject. I hope you found them helpful!
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