Find Someone Who – A Preview/Review Activity
Filed under: Strategies | Tags: motion strategy, preview activity, review games, social studies |
A twitter post reminded me of “Find Someone Who” icebreaker – you know the one where you have a list or bingo-style board of characteristics (hair color, has moved, has a pet, etc) and you circulate around the room looking for “someone who” fits that characteristic.
If you’ve never participated in this, here is a link with a thorough description.
I love motion activities, and so I’ve adapted it to use for content – either as a preview or review activity.
For a preview activity, make a list of things that relate (however tangentially) to your unit. Allow for the Find Someone Who procedure.
Example for the Middle Ages:
- FSW has played chess
- FSW has seen a movie with a knight in it.
- FSW has ever dressed up as a princess.
- FSW has been to Medieval Times.
- FSW thinks sword fighting is cool.
- FSW can tell you about King Arthur and Camelot
- FSW has read one of these books: Crispin and the Cross of Lead, Catherine called Birdy, A Door in the Wall
Review games are even easier, because you are dealing with a common body of content.
- FSW can sketch the Feudal Pyramid
- FSW can show where the Crusades were fought on a map
- FSW can list three types of jobs a serf might perform
- FSW can explain why the Church was so important
- FSW can define the word “cathedral”
When I do content based Find Someone Who activities, I make sure I circulate so that I can monitor conversations. Students must sign off that they have actually explained, showed, or drawn what was required. If I suspect students are randomly signing, I’ll ask that student to explain, show, or draw for me. If they can’t they must sit down, and do a quiet review activity at their seat.