What's in the Bag?


Tip: What's in the bag?

How do I do it?
This is a great activity to give students practice asking questions.  Place an item in a bag.  Students are to guess what the item is.  You can choose something related to what you are studying or something familiar to students.  Direct students to ask questions you can answer with "yes" or "no".  Provide sentence frames as needed such as, "Is it _____?" "Can you _____with it?"  "Would you find it in a ________?"  etc.  A volunteer can record the questions and answers on the board. 

Variations & Extensions:
Give students clues every 30 seconds to 5 minutes.  Choose an object that is related to what you are studying and tell them the topic (e.g. If you are studying angles in math, you could put a protractor in the bag or if you are studying the grocery store, you could put a grocery store receipt or a can of soup in the bag.)

Common Core ELA Speaking and Listening Standard 1
Prepare for and participate effectively in a range of conversations and collaborations with diverse partners, building on others' ideas and expressing their own clearly and persuasively.

Tricia Gallagher-Geurtsen
Tricia Gallagher-Geurtsen


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