Each member of a team chooses another member to be a partner. During the first step individuals interview their partners by asking clarifying questions. During the second step partners reverse the roles. In the third step, members share their partner's response with the team.
Why it is useful:
This activity can be used as a team builder, and also for generating questions, predictions, opinions, and evaluation. It allows students to work together and learn from one another.
Keep every student accountable, call on people randomly to give answers. Start them working together on little things like, after a video clip turn to your table and tell each other two things you learned and write them down. TIPS to get Students Working Then have the students remember two facts and have them share them with someone next to them.
For creative writing or summarization, give a sentence starter (for ex. If you give an elephant a cookie, hes going to ask for...). Ask all students in each team to finish that sentence. Then, they pass their paper to the right, read the one they received, and add a sentence to that one. After a few rounds, four great stories or summaries emerge. Give children time to add a conclusion and/or edit their favorite one to share with the class.