Tip: Mine is the Best!
How do I do it?
Make a set of cards with key vocabulary (with words and/or pictures) for what you are studying (e.g. colors, numbers, famous explorers, stores and services in a community, chemical compounds or elements etc.). Make enough for every person in class. Pass them out and direct small groups of 3-6 students take turns, one sentence at a time, explaining why their item is the best (e.g. for the key vocabulary sun "Mine is best because it keeps you warm." After 3-10 minutes, students stop and vote for the "best" word/concept (students cannot vote for their own). In the case of a tie, students can give their best argument and vote again.
Variations & Extensions
Each group's winner can compete for the class "best" with each person repeating why their word is the best and the whole class voting. Students can trade cards at their own table or with another table for another round. Students can write and illustrate a paragraph about their own or the "best" card(s) or compare two cards in an essay format.
Common Core ELA Speaking and Listening Standards 2&3
Integrate and evaluate information presented in diverse media and formats, including visually, quantitatively, and orally.
Evaluate a speaker's point of view, reasoning, and use of evidence and rhetoric.
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