Here is a quick & fun way to engage your students. You can create screenshots of fake texts using ifaketext.com! You could get creative and have fun with this!
You could use this fun format in various ways: 1) You could present new information to students 2) You could pose discussion questions or essential questions to students 3) You could grab their attention at the beginning of a lesson 4) Students could present their understanding of a topic 5) Students could answer questions that you have posed to them
How to create a fake text:
1.Go to : http://ifaketext.com/
2.Enter your name.
3.Choose a carrier.
4.Enter the conversation (Be sure to use the format they show you.)
5. Click “Create your screenshot.”
I am not a very funny person, but I know many of you fabulous teachers could make some funny stuff. I also know that our kids are very creative, and they could create some awesome fake texts.
If you wanted your students to show their understanding of vocabulary words, you could create texts like the following examples:
Other classroom activity ideas:
Students could write dialogue between…
•Two characters from a scene in a story or novel
•Two concepts (including some facts about them)
•Two historic figures
•Two friends discussing a book, movie, event, or concept.
And here is a pdf of a “TableTexting” file, which does not require any technology.
What other ideas do you have? How can you use fake texts in your classes?