Tip: Where's My Twin?
How do I do it?
Make pairs of cards that go together and are related to what you are studying (e.g. words and their matching pictures; antonyms; characters and book titles, math problems and their answers, etc.) Mix and pass out the cards randomly. Have students walk and mix with one another in the classroom and share their cards, once they find their partner with an identical or matching card, they can help other twins find one another.
Variations & Extensions
Have students create “twins” or pairs of cards that go together based on their key vocabulary and content they are studying. One nice pair is a concept and an example of the concept, for example in geometry, right angle and a drawing of the corner of a book OR for literary terms, alliteration and “the pretty pink petunia” OR for community resources, grocery store and Albertsons. Students can also place cards face down in rows and play memory: taking turns flipping two cards over and if they find a twin, collecting the cards. If there’s no match, the cards must be left face-down where they were found.
Common Core ELA Language Standard 5
Demonstrate understanding of figurative language, word relationships, and nuances in word meanings.
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.
Everyday ELL is now Every Language Learner.