4 Corners is a strategy typically used to build students’ anticipation for new content. You can use it to gauge students knowledge and comfort with a topic before you begin teaching. But, one of my favorite ways to review a skill is to use the 4 Corners strategy. I like it because it gets the kids up and moving. I also like it because your kids can hide within the pack if they aren’t confident about an answer. It’s super easy to change to meet your needs and personalize a bit. Here’s how it works:
First, you label the four corners of your room. With review, I use multiple choice options a, b, c, d. As a preassessment, you would label each corner with a level of comfort. You could also come up with fun names for each corner.
1) A little minnow (struggling with the content)
2) A goldfish (feeling a little strong)
3) A catfish (big, bad and content)
4) A shark (I’ve got this under control)
Second, you ask the students a question and give corresponding answers.
Third, students move to the corner that represents an answer that they think is correct or the corner describing their comfort.
I always make the students explain the answer to reinforce what they’re learning if you’re reviewing. For your students who are struggling, they get to practice but if they don’t know an answer, they can just follow the group and listen for the explanation. By doing this activity, all students are involved and it gets the kids up and moving for a couple minutes. I’ve also used it to create groups by offering students choices between 4 options.
Basically, you can use this strategy any way to have students make a choice. Do you use 4 Corners in your classroom? I’d love to hear some other ideas in the comments.
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