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"Talk a Mile a Minute" is a learning game modeled after “Taboo”, “Pyramid” and “Jeopardy.” Players take turns trying to get their partner to guess the words in a specified category by giving verbal clues describing each word. The categories include fossils, the geological time scale, Earth's structure, plate tectonics, absolute and relative dating, volcanic mountains, forces in Earth's crust, faults, and seismic activity.
"Talk a Mile A Minute" is a Marzano Strategy in which Ss review key concepts and academic vocabulary terms. This "Talk a Mile a Minute" set includes pre-made vocabulary cards that can be printed and distributed to students teams for immediate use. It's a terrific review before a test, and it's is in Microsoft Word .doc form so that Ts can customize the discussion to fit the needs of their Ss.
HOW TO PLAY:
1. Copy the list of 5-7 terms under a category title which the teacher will show in the front of the class when the game begins.
2. Organize students into pairs. Player 1 and 2 sit together facing each other.
3. Distribute cards so that only Player 1 faces the words and the Player 2 has their back to the words. Player 1 facing the words is designated the TALKER.
4. On your signal, reveal the terms, say “Go!”, and start the countdown timer.
5. The TALKER tries to get their partner to say each of the words by quickly describing them. The TALKER is allowed to say anything about the terms, “talking a mile a minute.”
The objective is for the students facing the list of words to immediately tell their partner the category (such as Shapes) and attempt to get them to say all of the terms within the minute by quickly describing them BUT only providing them clues such as definitions, synonyms, antonyms.
This Content Enhancement Routine is classroom tested to help students with the following Florida Next Generation Sunshine State Standards in Science:
Students Will Be Able To (SWBAT/I Can)
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