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The featured activity from Learning Twigs is used for English Language Learners but could be incorporated into other classrooms too. Students might create a collaborative story, write out and solve multi-step problems together, or simply share a collection of facts or questions from an upcoming unit.

I love the interactive nature of this simple technique and I am especially drawn to it because it is novel, it gets students out of their seats (so important for our active learners), and there are no wrong answers. It is also a smart way to encourage students to learn from their peers and to build on the knowledge and ideas of others.

Use this activity for a quick warm-up, as a pre-writing activity, or as community-builder. Younger students could draw pictures or contribute words/phrases.

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