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Thursday, April 30, 2009

Rotating Review

Rotating Review is a way for students to share information with each other. It can be used to review previously taught material or to prepare students to write an essay. Where do you begin?

1. Select topics that you want your students to review.

2. Place your different topics on different sheets of chart paper.

3. Place chart paper on the wall in your classroom. Chart paper should be hung far enough apart to keep one group from interfering with another group. If you do not have chart paper, bulletin board paper and masking tape works just fine.

4. Divide your class into teams of 3, 4, or 5 depending on the size of your class.

5. Have each team stand by a topic chart.

6. Each team has one minute to write as many facts as they can on the topic. When one minute is called, the teams rotate to the next topic.

7. Starting with the second rotation the groups have two minutes to read and discuss what the previous team has written. They may put a question mark by items with which they disagree. They then have one minute to write additional information before rotating to the next topic chart. The rotation continues until each team reports back to its original topic.

Helpful hints:

1. If you have a large class, create two sets of the same topics on chart paper and one set on one side of the room and another set on the other side of the room. By having two stations set up, instead of each group having 4 or five students, each group would have two or three students.

2. The teacher can expand on the activity by having the students use reference materials to prove the facts written on the chart.

3. If you want to use this for essay writing, you write the essay title on each piece of chart paper. Chart paper #1 deals with the opening paragraph; Chart paper #2 deals with the 1st point to be made (opening sentence and support); Chart paper #3 deals with the 2nd point to be made (opening sentence and support); Chart paper #4 deals with the 3nd point to be made (opening sentence and support); and Chart paper #5 deals with the closing paragraph. Students list ideas that are later formed into sentences. In addition you can use this activity to help students jazzup their writing. You provide a sentence on each piece of chart paper and the students have to add colorful words to make the sentences more descriptive.

4. I have also seen this done in math by putting an answer on the top of the chart paper and the students have to come up with different problems that have that answer.

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