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.