We are getting ready to read the book Frindle, by Andrew Clements. I love all of Andrew Clements’ books, and so do the students! To give students a little hint of what they were about to read, I chose 11 words from the book that would get them thinking. We used a cooperative learning strategy called Word Toss.
I typed the words and printed them out on different colored paper. This extra step was to reduce the number of extra or missing words between teams.
Students are practicing how to make predictions, and they are also going learning how to go back and evaluate those predictions. Prior knowledge has been established and reading comprehension has been supported.
This strategy can be used in other areas besides reading. What ways could you use it in your classroom?