Weekly Tribes 2012-2013 scattergories

…an oldie, but a goodie.

Make categories of interest to both you (content or subject-related) and your students (things they like to eat, watch, do…)

The BEST part about this strategy is that it is about working in groups.  Choose your categories wisely and students can’t help but lean in and contribute ideas.  Put a time element on it to keep it focused; allow as many answers as possible, to keep it cooperative and not too competitive.  Invite students to come up with categories, and even take turns facilitating.

With younger students give them some letters as the categories and then have them fill in topics.

Here are some examples:


Something you don’t want to eat      
A math term      
A place you would like to visit      
A synonym for ‘said’      
Something you are thankful for…      



An  animal

Something you can wear

A food