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2022 Service-Learning Symposium: Active Learning with a UDL Spin

Active Learning with a UDL Spin

Authors: Katie Elema

Faculty Supervisor: Jessica Morris, Ph.D., Caroline Geiken, Ph.D.

Community Partner: Oglethorpe Point Elementary School


For 5 weeks, I went to Oglethorpe Point Elementary School and was in a 5th grade ELA classroom on Mondays and Wednesdays for 4 hours. For the time I was there, my students were working on identifying claims and evidence through research. I would work my way around to each small group and ask them questions as to why they chose their claims and evidence in the research articles they were given. The last week I was there, I got to introduce and teach them about Fantasy as this was their next unit. I used a Nearpod for my lesson and included discussions, polls, collaborative boards, time to climb, and an activity at the end. For my activity, I used paint strips and had them write the word Fantasy at the top, their own definition in the middle, and had them draw a picture/give an example/ or use the word Fantasy in a sentence.