One example of a structure is Hand-Up, Stand-Up, Pair-Up. During this the students will be walking around the room while the music is playing. When the music stops, the children will each find the person closest to them and high five. Depending on what we are working on they will share information, count, talk/listen, etc. In the activity below the students were in engaged in active talking and listening while they were sharing their all about me posters.
Another structure is Quiz, Quiz, Trade. Here the students again walk around the classroom while the music is playing and find a partner when the music stops. Taking turns, the students one at a time, share/teach their partner the number on their flash card. When I say trade they switch cards. Each child is then leaving his or her partner knowing a new number which was just taught to them by a student in the classroom. We do this with letters, rhyming words, and will eventually use words!! So EXCITING!!!
Here is an example of the Rally/Coach strategy. The students were putting the letters of the alphabet in alphabetical order. ABC Order as often we call it. They were taking turns selecting the appropriate next letter. If a child happened to pick the wrong letter, their partner would "coach" them as to which letter would be correct. I often call them the TEACHERS. That makes it even more exciting because they feel like they are totally in charge!!
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"An intelligent heart acquires knowledge, and the ear of the wise seeks knowledge." Proverbs 18:15