The Best Answer


Tip: The Best Answer

How do I do it?
The Best Answer is great for discussing and understanding relative importance of information learned.  The teacher makes a list of open-ended questions about the current content (e.g questions about the layers of the rainforest, questions eliciting facts and importance of the Erie Canal; math problems; questions about shapes etc.).  Put students into pairs, triads or small groups.  Each student is given a whiteboard, dry-erase marker, and eraser.  Teacher asks the question and posts or projects it on the board.  Students individually write their best answer in writing or drawing on their whiteboard.  Next, the groups discuss their answers and decide on the best answer.  A volunteer from each group shares: “We agree that ________ is the best answer because _______.”  Discuss the answers and reteach as necessary. 

Variations & Extensions
After a series of questions, answers, and discussion, whole class model writing a summary of what the students have learned on the board.

Common Core ELA Speaking and Listening Standards 1&3
Prepare for and participate effectively in a range of conversations and collaborations with diverse partners, building on others' ideas and expression their own clearly and persuasively.
Evaluate a speaker's point of view, reasoning, and use of evidence and rhetoric. 


Tricia Gallagher-Geurtsen
Tricia Gallagher-Geurtsen


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