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Snap and Chat


Students communicate their understanding through a Snapchat-type response.


  • Snap and Chat handout (printed or projected)
  • Snap and Chat template (English/Spanish)
  • Notebook paper


  1. Draw a quick sketch representing what was just taught.
  2. Add a caption summarizing the sketch.
  3. Write one sentence explaining your sketch.
  4. Make it funky by adding an emoji reflecting how well you understand this information:


  5. Fold your Snap and Chat response like an airplane and send it through “cyberspace.”
  6. Pick up a Snap and Chat response, huddle with a group of 3-4, and share responses.
  7. Come to a consensus of how well the class understood the concept: thumbs up; thumbs sideways, or thumbs down.
  8. Evaluate students’ consensus responses and adjust instruction accordingly.

Classroom Management

  • Model the strategy using a think-aloud.
  • Role-play how to make a paper airplane (or allow students to crush and throw papers or simply trade papers).
  • Role-play how to appropriately fly paper planes, throw crushed papers, or trade papers.


  • Promote access by providing an idea/word bank.
  • Provide response support by allowing students to dictate responses to a scribe and providing thinking stems as sentence starters.
  • Provide response support by allowing students to develop responses using speech-to-text or word prediction support with the digital version of the Snap and Chat template.

Think It Up!

  • Have students think more deeply about the concept by responding to a Think It Up prompt as an exit ticket or journal entry:
    • Justify why understanding the content through visuals is so important.
    • Compare your Snap and Chat response to a peer’s. How are they the same? How are they different?
  • Encourage students to use lead4ward’s Thinking Stems (English/Spanish) to frame their responses, if needed.