Do you need a formal structure for class discussion so that you can assess each student's speaking and listening skills? This is the resource you need! With a new shift toward more discussion, collaboration, and listening to others' perspectives, many primary teachers are not sure how to engage their students in rich discussions with higher levels of thinking. This ten-page resource will give you the steps as well as many planning documents to help you successfully incorporate class discussions with your young learners. Included in this resource is: 1) steps to teach and model the inside circle outside circle discussion format, 2) two checklists for discussion skills that will enable you to document your students' listening and speaking skills while they discuss, 3) a plan sheet for grouping students into two equal discussion groups, 4) a plan sheet for your higher level questions, 5) a rubric for speaking and listening skills that easily shows where each child is in their abilities, 6) a "teacher" sheet for young students to evaluate a partner on their speaking and listening skills, and 6) a seating chart to plan where children will sit each time you have this kind of class discussion. This Inside Circle Outside Circle Discussion Activity will be your GO-TO activity all year long! What better way to increase the levels of thinking and engagement in your class?