Interview a Friend!
This activity is a great way for students to get to know each other and build their speaking and listening skills. At the beginning of the year I invite another staff member to model with me the first interview. We model how to ask clarifying questions to draw a picture to go with each answer. Each week before they do the interview we read the questions together and highlight the underlined word. I focus on using sight words, (Fry Words), and vocabulary we are using in all subjects to create the questions.
Knee to Knee
Every morning students write whatever is on their mind and match the text with an illustration. I have students get with a partner and sit “knee to knee”. Each student shares their writing and the partner asks clarifying questions. Then I pick 5 students to share their writing with the whole class. The presenters hold their paper down away from their face and use a strong presenters voice. The audience puts everything out of their hands, turns their body toward the presenters and gives their full attention.
Same and Different
Same and Different #1 Same and Different #2 Same and Different #3
Same and Different #4 Same and Different #5 Same and Different #6
Same and Different #7 Same and Different #8 Same and Different #9
Compare and Contrast
Do the first Compare and Contrast together as a class to model and think aloud how you determine what is the same and different.
Compare-Contrast #1 Compare-Contrast #2 Compare-Contrast #3
Compare-Contrast #4 Compare-Contrast #5
Indiana Academic Standards (IAS): Speaking and Listening
1.SL.1: Listen actively and adjust the use of spoken language (e.g., vocabulary) to
communicate effectively with a variety of audiences and for different purposes.
1.SL.2.1.: Participate in collaborative conversations about grade-appropriate topics
and texts with peers and adults in small and larger groups.
1.SL.2.3: Listen to others, take turns speaking about the topic, and add one’s own ideas in small group discussion or tasks.
1.SL.2.4: Ask questions to clarify information about topics and texts under discussion.
1.SL.2.5: Build on others’ talk in conversations by responding to the comments of others through multiple exchanges.
1.SL.3.1: Ask and answer questions about key details in a text read aloud or information presented orally or through other media.
1.SL.3.2: Ask and answer questions about what a speaker says to clarify something that is not understood.
1.SL.4.1: Speaking audibly and using appropriate language, recite poems, rhymes, songs, and stories, with careful attention to sensory detail when describing people, places, things, and events.
1.SL.4.2: Add drawings or other visual displays, such as, pictures and objects, when sharing information to clarify ideas, thoughts, and feelings.
1.SL.4.3: Give and follow three- and four‐step directions.