Wednesday, February 9, 2011

Daily Assignment #43: Activator: 5 Words-- 3 Words

I would like to share another Activator that I learned through Research for Better Teaching and is contained in Jon Saphier's book : Activators.    It is a brainstorming activity titled 5 Words--3Words.

Independently, students write down 5 words that come to mind when thinking of a particular topic.  Students then get into small groups, or with partners, and share their words.  They decide, collectively, which 3 words they will share with the whole class and their reasons for selecting them.

The teacher should chart the words that each group/pair share out.


Write 5 words that come to mind when you think of...

  • 1776
  • Civil Rights
  • Ecology
  • Weather
  • Poetry
  • Islands
  • Ocean
  • Geometry
  • Fractions
  • Aztecs
  • Life Cycle
  • Global Warming
  • Holocaust
  • Native Americans
I have done this activity with 1st and 2nd graders, as well as older students and adults.  It was very successful in activating prior knowledge.

I hope you will experiment with this strategy.  Let us know how it works.

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