Wednesday, November 6, 2013

Hand, Pair, Share


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.


I start counting backward from 20 and they know they have until I get to 1 to have their sentence written and be standing back at their table spot. (Since hand pair share is something my class has done more than once, they know that this is the expectation and it's just another routine in our classroom.)


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!

Like everything new in the classroom the first few times you try it you want to model, model, model. I have a student model with me. I have two students model the right way (always pick the ones you KNOW are going to want to do it the wrong way for this part ;) ) and I also have two students model the incorrect way. While they're doing the activity I wander through the crowd and  "coach" them through it as needed. But I promise you, once you've done it a few times and they know the drill, you will spend hardly any time "coaching" and be able to spend lots of time observing and informally assessing!!!


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!! :)

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  1. This is a great idea! My district is also digging into SIOP this year. I will be adding this to my teacher toolbox. Thanks for sharing!

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    1. Yes, we are in full SIOP swing here - at least trying to be! So happy I could help add to the bag of tricks!!

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  2. Thanks for sharing. I can't wait to try this out tomorrow.

    www.msfeuerstack.blogspot.com

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  3. I love this. I would love to hear more ways that you get your kids moving around. I want to start this next week (today is a half-day for them; conferences for me the rest of the day). No sense getting myself stressed out with a new routine when I am talking with parents most of my day. :-)

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  4. I love this. I would love to hear more ways that you get your kids moving around. I want to start this next week (today is a half-day for them; conferences for me the rest of the day). No sense getting myself stressed out with a new routine when I am talking with parents most of my day. :-)

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    1. AGREED!! Conferences is enough for one week! But I do have a few more of these up and moving activities I can share. Will do my best to post about them really soon for ya!! :)

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  5. I love that! Great idea, thanks for sharing!
    Heidi Butkus

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  6. Thank you for sharing. It looks like something my kids would really enjoy.
    ❀ Tammy
    Forever in First

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    1. Thanks Tammy!! It's a crowd pleaser for sure!

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  7. I love love love doing this in my classroom, too!!!!!!!!!!! It's so fun! :)

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    1. Right!? Anything to get them movin' and groovin!!! :)

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  8. I went to comment on this a few days ago with my iPhone and it was not working lol but I had to come back and tell you how much I love this!! I am on maternity leave now but I cannot wait to use this strategy!

    Hope
    Teaching with Hope 

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    1. Well thank you so much for taking the time to come back!! That makes my day! It's a great one, but for now have so much fun soaking up time with your little one!!!

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  9. I am looking for ways to improve our writing and oral language. This is perfect! Thanks for sharing and for the poster with the rules. I love your first rule... we share our learning with everyone!
    Heather
    Kickin' It With Class

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