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Discussion Strategies and Activities for Student Engagement

Grade Levels
K - 6th, Homeschool
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43 pages
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These 10 simple strategies will engage your students in discussion and help you meet the Speaking and Listening Core standards. The colorful posters are ready to print and hang or project in your classroom for easy reference when you want kids to talk about topics or text. Introduce a few at a time then mix it up throughout the year to maintain high student engagement during discussions. Posters and recording sheets are both pre-loaded to Google Slides.

Strategy Posters and Materials Included:

1. Conversation Chips

2. Colored Conversation

3. Partner Talk

4. String Speech

5. 4 Corner Quad

6. Talking Text

7. Catch the Lie

8. Conversation Stick

9. Stand and Share

10. Think and Share

We have also included strategy materials where applicable along with student recording/accountability pages that can be implemented along with these discussion strategies.

Are you tired of using the same discussion strategy over and over again? If you love the tried and true strategy "Turn and Talk" but are ready to add more discussion strategies to your teaching tool belts, these activities are just for you!

Visit our blog to find out more about using discussion strategies and accountable talk in the classroom

Please be aware that our 5 Step Lesson Planning Guide includes similar posters to the ones that come with this download. If you already own the 5 Step Lesson Planning Guide, you have some of these posters, although you do not have the recording/accountability sheets that accompany each strategy.

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to see state-specific standards (only available in the US).
Review the key ideas expressed and demonstrate understanding of multiple perspectives through reflection and paraphrasing.
Pose and respond to specific questions with elaboration and detail by making comments that contribute to the topic, text, or issue under discussion.
Follow rules for collegial discussions, set specific goals and deadlines, and define individual roles as needed.
Come to discussions prepared, having read or studied required material; explicitly draw on that preparation by referring to evidence on the topic, text, or issue to probe and reflect on ideas under discussion.
Engage effectively in a range of collaborative discussions (one-on-one, in groups, and teacher-led) with diverse partners on grade 6 topics, texts, and issues, building on others’ ideas and expressing their own clearly.


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