This Give One, Get One Organizer is an excellent cooperative learning activity that can be used with any subject area. It is a great way to review previous learning.
How does it work?
First, the teacher gives the students a topic to brainstorm. For example the teacher may say, "Write down as many kinds of geometric shapes as you can on the Get One side of your paper. You have 45 seconds."
Next, the students will share their ideas with each other. One way to do this is to use Stand Up-Hand Up-Pair Up. Students will stand up, walk around the room, and briefly pair up with a student to share one of the ideas. For example, student A might say, "One geometric shape I thought of was a cube." The other student will write the word cube on the Get One side of the organizer. If the student had already listed cube on the Give One side, the student would just make a check mark next to it. Now it is time for student B to share. After both students have shared they find another partner and repeat the process.
It is up to the teacher to decide how long or how many ideas the students should "get" before sitting back down. To wrap up the activity the teacher can have students share out some of their ideas.
I love this activity! It gets students to really think about what they have learned and provides them an opportunity to get up and show what they know. It involves all 4 modes of communication: Reading, Writing, Listening, and Speaking!
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