Want to keep students engaged while their peers make presentations or show off projects? Want to teach students how to give both encouragement and gentle criticism? Print out these "3 Stars & a Wish" cards (four to a page) and have students write brief feedback comments during or after each classmate's presentation. I had my students write 3 things they liked about a presentation next to the stars. On the "Wish" line, I had them tell about something they wish their classmate had done better.
Note: It's best to give students some examples and guidance regarding their comments, otherwise some will write one-word answers. Examples of "star" comments: "Your project was well-researched." "I liked that you included lots of facts about Mars." "Your diorama was very colorful." Examples of "Wish" comments: "I wish you had spoken louder." "I wish you had colored your poster." "I wish your Powerpoint had more pictures."