According to the US Department of Education’s Institute of Education Sciences, there is strong evidence that English Learners benefit from structured pair work. (IES, 2007). Here are some structured pair activities with examples for how to use them in math. Clearly explain and practice the sequence of each activity before directing students to use it independently.
How do I do it?
A pairs up with B. A shares one idea and stops. B shares one idea and stops. For example, in a study of shapes, the teachers says, “Please pair-share your favorite shape and tell your partner why it is your favorite using the sentence frame, “I like ____ because...” A says, “I like triangles because I like them.” B says, “I like pyramids because they feel good in your hand.”
Common Core Standards for Mathematical Practice Standard 3
Construct viable arguments and critique the reasoning of others.
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