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I am a first grade teacher who has rediscovered a love for firsties this year. I have taught pre-k, kindergarten, first grade and even second over the past 16 years. I have been married for 17 years to my wonderful husband and have been blessed with 2 very active boys.

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Quiz-Quiz-Trade: A Kagan Structure

Kagan Structures

Cooperative grouping is a simple way to increase student engagement.  Kagan structures provide a variety of activities that promote cooperative learning in classrooms.  That being said, my favorite, go to activity is Quiz-Quiz-Trade.

Traditionally, a teacher asks a question and one child is selected to respond to the question.  With Quiz-Quiz-Trade, 50%  of my class is answering questions at any given time.  That's HUGE!




Sometimes, there isn't an answer needed.  We can simply use reading game cards and practice a particular phonics pattern or high frequency word.


Cards can be prepared with math problems, spelling words, vocabulary words and definitions across content areas, as well as anything else you can think of.  The possibilities are ENDLESS!

Mrs. Wathen
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  1. I had never heard of this until today! Sounds like a great idea. Thanks for sharing!
    Teaching Ever After

  2. I love the Hand Up, Pair Up idea! How cute would that be with my kindergarteners? Can't wait to try some of these activities. Thank you for providing so many visuals!


  3. Such a great idea! We do pair-sharing of ideas, but hadn't thought to give them a specific card - they would become an expert for sure!
    Whimsy Workshop Teaching

  4. I will definitely be using this idea when we return from spring break! Thanks for sharing! =)

    A+ Firsties


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