Right before vacation I did this little activity that wowed me with how well it worked. We had just finished up Egyptian pharaohs and I wanted to give Cleopatra her own time but not too much. I turned to my favorite standby of BrainPop and I identified 14 facts that should go into notes.
I told the kids that I had identified 14 important facts and I was going to give one Class Dojo point for each fact they identified that matched my list. I had them do this on scrap paper and we watched the video three different times. These kids worked hard because they knew they were going to earn a lot of Dojo points for their Olympic team.
OMG... I was so impressed with how well the kids did. I put up a list of my facts and most students were able to match 10 or more! Students then used their and my notes to create a final draft in their note book and i walked around the classroom giving them the Dojo points they earned. Also, they absolutely loved the idea that Cleopatra's life is portrayed like a soap opera! I really love when a small activity has students really work on an amazing skill!