An interactive, get-to-know-you activity based on research by Marzano and his book, The Art and Science of Teaching.
• This activity is similar to the well-known game of Spoons.
• Children should be split into small groups of 4 children.
• Each group should have a baggie with an instruction sheet, three spoons, and cut up question cards. All are included in the file.
• At the end of the game, students should mount their favorite 3 describing sentences under their name and glue to large construction paper with the rest of the group members to create a simple collage to hang in the room.
1. Shuffle playing cards and distribute evenly among the players.
2. The object is to find cards that describe you as a person. Keep these cards when you find them each round. The goal is to find four cards to create a match. You can also throw in a “trick card” that is a false statement and does not describe you.
3. Once a match has been established, grab a spoon from the middle.
4. Wait for two other group members to create a match.
5. If matches cannot be created with the original cards, start a clock-wise rotation of swapping cards in a circle. Ex. Player A swaps with Player B. Player B can use the new card to make a match or he can continue to pass to Player C. If Player B keeps the card from Player A, Player B will need to pass a new card to Player C. Then, Player C and D do the same until it is back to Player A. Rotations can continue until matches are created.
6. When three spoons are taken, the three people present their matches.
7. Each player with a spoon should present their match. Other members must guess if these matches are TRUE or TRICK!
8. The player without a spoon becomes the spokesman. He can ask each group member one question.
9. Rounds can continue until the teacher calls time.