Do you want your students to brainstorm answers to questions BEFORE you teach the material? Do you want to determine their prior knowledge of a concept BEFORE they read the chapter? Do you want to make your classroom more exciting and engaging? Do you want them to be learning through cooperative learning instead of lecture? If so, Brainstorm Boxes might be just what you need.
This worksheet has 4 boxes on it and each box has a question about arson. The idea is for students to brainstorm the answers to the 4 questions before receiving a lecture or reading material on the topic. You can either distribute the worksheets to individual students for individualized brainstorming and to assess prior knowledge or give one worksheet to a group of students and have them brainstorm the answers together and turn in one group worksheet. You can also project “Brainstorm boxes” in your room and discuss the questions one at a time in a class discussion. I like to project one question, let the students work together to brainstorm answers, and then go around to each group and add one to two ideas from each group to my projected worksheet. I then move on to question 2 and repeat this procedure until the worksheet is full. This procedure allows students to brainstorm one question at a time in groups but also allows for a classroom discussion and “share out” of the answers that is led by me. This also gives me the chance to add answers and correct misconceptions.
You will be amazed how many answers your students come up with.
Together we all learn more!
Grades: Middle School, High School
Subjects: Forensics, Homeschool
Keywords and concepts: Possible causes of natural fires, Indicators of arson, what to collect for evidence of arson, tests you could run on the evidence collected