Tip: Guess Who?
How do I do it?
Brainstorm a list of people, animals, or concepts that you are studying. Students choose one of the nouns on the list, brainstorm their characteristics, and create 3-5 clues for a “Guess Who?” game. For example, “I am green. I have 4 legs. I am an amphibian. Who am I?” Answer: a frog OR “I was born a slave. I learned to read. I worked hard for freedom. Who am I?” Answer: Frederick Douglass OR “If you divide me by 2, I am still whole. I am even. Multiply me by 2 and I am 4. Who am I?” Answer: 2. Write the clues on one side of an index card and the answer on the reverse side or create a booklet by folding a sheet in half and cutting the cover one more flap than the number of clues and write a clue on each cover flap and write and draw the answer inside.
Variations & Extensions
On the inside where students write the answer, they can include more details about the concept. Students can trade the “Guess Who?” games they make and then choose one to write a sentence or a paragraph about. Require students to use 1-3 key vocabulary words in their clues and/or description of the answer. Provide younger students and lower proficiency students with sentence frames (“I am ___.”) and words lists to help them write.
Common Core ELA Language Standard 1&3
Demonstrate command of the conventions of standard English grammar and usage when writing or speaking.
Apply knowledge of language to understand how language functions in different contexts, to make effective choices for meaning or style, and to comprehend more fully when reading or listening.
Common Core ELA Reading Standard 7
Integrate and evaluate content presented in diverse media and formats, including visually and quantitatively, as well as in words.
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