Discussion Starters for Class Meetings | Journals | Writing

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108 CARDS (14 pages) + 108 DIGITAL CARDS
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Use these discussion starters as part of morning meeting, a writing center, work on writing, partner work, morning work, or as writing prompts.

Included are 108 discussion starters, as well as 9 blank cards that you can use to create your own. There are 9 prompts per page in black and white which makes for easy printing.

UPDATED 2/4/18 to include a digital version of each card which are perfect for projecting in your classroom. The digital discussion starters are easy to read, but include a colorful background and clip art of a student. The digital version is NOT meant to be printed.

I recommend printing on card stock and laminating for durability.

These discussion starters are perfect for building a sense of community in your classroom, building relationships among and with your students, and teaching critical speaking and listening skills.

If you're looking for seasonal and themed discussion starters, check out my Monthly Discussion Starters {The Bundle}!

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Total Pages
108 CARDS (14 pages) + 108 DIGITAL CARDS
Answer Key
Does not apply
Teaching Duration
Lifelong tool
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to see state-specific standards (only available in the US).
Participate in collaborative conversations with diverse partners about grade 1 topics and texts with peers and adults in small and larger groups.
Follow agreed-upon rules for discussions (e.g., listening to others with care, speaking one at a time about the topics and texts under discussion).
Build on others’ talk in conversations by responding to the comments of others through multiple exchanges.
Ask questions to clear up any confusion about the topics and texts under discussion.
Ask and answer questions about what a speaker says in order to gather additional information or clarify something that is not understood.


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