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The Snowball Technique

snowballThe purpose of the snowball fight strategy is to predict, summarize, justify, and think critically.  Teachers can adapt the strategy to their own purposes.

First, have students write the answer to a poignant content-related question on a piece of paper.  Students then crumple their paper into a “snowball.”  Then, students throw their “snowballs” across the room and retrieve one that is not their own.  Students then open the “snowball” and respond in some way to the content of the “snowball.”  Finally, you can ask the next question, and allow the students to write the next answer on the paper they have and repeat the process.

Modify the process to meet your classroom needs.

The Snowball Fight activity enforces writing, responding to text, critical thinking, justifying, and collaboration.  The anonymity of the activity encourages students to respond even if they are unsure of the “right” answer.

About Heather Mullins

Heather Mullins is the Chief Academic Officer in Newton-Conover City Schools. She is a North Carolina Teaching Fellow who spent 12 years as a high school English Teacher. She received her B.S.Ed. in Secondary English Education from Western Carolina University. Heather completed her National Board Certification in Adolescent Young Adult English Language Arts in 2002. She holds an M.Ed. in Academically and Intellectually Gifted from UNC-Charlotte. Heather has served as a Curriculum Specialist in Hickory City Schools, an adjunct professor at Lenoir-Rhyne University, and a Professional Development Consultant for the North Carolina Department of Public Instruction. She completed her Ed.D. in Educational Leadership through Western Carolina University. Heather is one of the co-founders of #NCed Chat, North Carolina’s first Twitter chat for teachers. She is passionate about innovative practices, instructional technology, student ownership of learning, and supporting teachers. Heather serves on the advisory board for the North Carolina Digital Learning Plan, North Carolina School for the Deaf and Catawba Science Center. She is a recipient of the 2015 NCMLE Central Office Administrator to Watch Award. She also received the 2016 Don Chalker Award for Excellence in Educational Leadership. Heather is the proud mother of one son, Jackson.

One comment

  1. Caroline McCrary

    This would work great as a vocabulary or content review activity. Thanks for sharing!

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