Four Brains are Better than One - Collaborative Ice Breaking Activity {Editable}

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This collaborative crossword activity hits many difficult Grade 6-11 Common Core Standards for SPEAKING and LISTENING in a way that is simple, fun for the students and effective. The focus is on collaborative problem solving in small groups.

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TEACHERS WHO HAVE USED THIS PRODUCT HAVE SAID:

♥ "We love this brain game!" (Thanks Rocquina V.)
♥ "I used this as an icebreaker at the beginning of the year! The students really enjoyed it!" (Thanks S.R.)
♥ "This was very popular with my GT kids." (Thanks Lisa R.)
♥ "Great activity for reinforcing importance of group work. Kids loved it." (Thanks Angela C.)
♥ "Worked great as an emergency sub plan-the kids told me the next day how much the liked it!" (Thanks Erica.)

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OUTLINE OF ACTIVITY:

In groups of four, students will work together on four crossword puzzles to share clues, discuss each other’s opinions and come to a consensus on the answer. Each student will have the same grid on their crossword but each will have a different clue for the answers on that grid.

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EXAMPLE:

The answer might be PENCIL for all four crosswords, but Crossword #1 has the clue “Full of lead.”, Crossword #2 has the clue “Usually long and orange.”, Crossword #3 has the clue “They can be mechanical.” and Crossword #4 has the clue “You might have one in your hand”.

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THIS PRODUCT CONTAINS:

1) Four Crosswords (Editable Word documents)
2) Answer Key
3) Teacher's Guide - implementation, question matrix and common core connections

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THE 20 TERMS IN THE CROSSWORDS:

water, Moon, trees, atom, brain, worm, gravity, Greenhouse
Effect, medals, banana, heart, bicycle, test tube, light bulb, thermometer, stomach, kidney, acid, DNA, egg

Though a few of the terms are science focused, the terms are general enough that non-science classes will not suffer from their lack of specialized knowledge.

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Four Brains are Better than One - Collaborative Ice Breaki
Four Brains are Better than One - Collaborative Ice Breaki
Four Brains are Better than One - Collaborative Ice Breaki
Four Brains are Better than One - Collaborative Ice Breaki