Rock the Boat

Sail boat

What is it?

1. Brainstorm a list of topics, with two elements per topic. For example, you could have the topic “fruit,” with the two elements being “apples” and “oranges.” 

2. Have the students gather in the middle, with one side of the classroom being one element such as “apples,” and the other side being the second element such as “oranges.” 

3. When you state the two sides, have the students walk over to the side that they agree with. 

4. To mix it up, you can have students volunteer to brainstorm topics for the two sides. 

Why use it?

This can be used to help students build relationships by finding common ground with each other.  It can also be used as a warm-up activity to activate interest and prior knowledge prior to a lesson.

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