Hand, pair, shares! They're popular in our classroom. Since last year our district has been engaging us in lots of SIOP professional development, which has led me to adding a few different engagement hooks in my lessons. Hand pair share is one of them I thought I'd share with yall' tonight. I like them because they're a simple, but very effective way to get every student involved and participating!
Here is a brief rundown of how I used this in today's lesson. We've been really focusing on question sentences since last week. Can I just tell you that *few* things make my teacher heart happier then when my students start locating the things we're focusing on by themselves in real text without any prompt from me? I make a big deal about it when they do. Clearly they see how warm and fuzzy it makes me inside because my firsties this year are BIG on bringing over their books and sharing!
Ok, back to hand pair shares. Today I gave them the white boards and markers and asked them to tell me different asking words they know. I posted the different question words on the board, sometimes more than one at a time. Then they quickly get busy creating their own questions, using one of the question words on the board.
When everyone is standing at their spot I tell them they can "go!"which means they can put up their hands and walk to the first person they see or make eye contact with. When their hands touch they take turns reading the sentence they wrote out loud to their partner. When they finish, they have to stand with their hands touching in the air and look my way- voice off! Once the whole group is doing this, I call out, "switch," and off they go to the next hand they see. We usually do this about 3 times per sentence and then I tell them to go back to the carpet to write their next sentence. Again, they know the drill now, so they hurry back to their seat and start writing their next sentence as I begin the backward count from 20. I can't tell you how much my students LOVE hand, pair, share!! They ask to do it. I love it because everyone is involved in the activity. They're reading, writing, speaking, and fully engaged in their learning!
Some of the sentences I got to observe today. These are quick writes, so I just tell my kids to try their best with spelling.Today my real focus was if they were writing sentences that made sense and if they were using the correct punctuation- a questions mark - at the end of every sentence. On the days when we don't have an even number in the room, I either show them how to form a group of 3 or I jump in and become a part of the activity. This is another great opportunity for me to interact with my students and see what they know!!
Hope this gives some of you a new trick to your toolbox!! :)