Student Conversation about Text in the Classroom Using Chit Chat Cards
I have to admit that as a 6th grade language arts teacher, I LOVE a quiet classroom. I do not like CHAOS, I do not like LOUD, and while I am in complete confession mode, I can't stand when things are not organized and out of place! I know, I am one of those teachers! In my classroom I prefer students in a structured routine, under control, and highly productive. If I am speaking your language, read on...
What I also realize is that I have to offer my students opportunities to engage with one another, which can get a little louder than normal. In addition, I have to allow them the chance to shift around the room to work with others, which can get things out of place, and it is ALL GOOD.
I have taught 6th graders for 15 years, and one thing I can tell you for sure is that they LOVE to CHIT CHAT with one another. Because our day is so fast-paced and so much needs to be crammed into class time, and minimal time is set aside for student discussion, I came up with the idea for CHIT CHAT CARDS.
- Print and laminate Chit Chat Cards. You will need a few sets for whole class work.
- Have students read any fiction or nonfiction selection.
- Pass out the Chit Chat Cards.
- Partner students and allow them time to read through and discuss the Chit Chat cards.
- Have them discuss as few or as many as time allows.
- Bring group back together for a whole class discussion.
- Allow students to listen, share, and discuss their thoughts.
My plan is to print a class set, laminate, attach to a ring for easy, accessible use, and distribute for student discussion upon the completion of a text. With this fun classroom resource my students are focused, engaged, and interacting, in a structured, controlled, and productive way while enhancing their understanding of reading literature, informational text, and speaking/listening standards.
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