Concentric Circle Share


Tip: Concentric Circle Share

How do I do it?
Direct half the class to stand in a circle facing out and call them “Circle A”.  Next direct the other half of the students to line up facing one person in the circle (This is “Circle B”.)  Using a list of questions that you have prepared ahead of time, ask circle A a question and they must share their answer with their partner in circle B.  After 30 seconds-2 minutes, ask a question of circle B and they must answer to their partner in circle A.  Continue until all questions are answered or time is up.  This is a great activity for review or practice of new concepts and language.

Variations & Extensions
Have circle B take one step to the right to get a new partner.  Use this grouping structure to practice math facts or vocabulary.  For example, “Tell your partner the answer to 3 divided by .5” or “Use the word compare in a sentence.”  The possibilities are endless.

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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