Please note that if you are interested in using Kagan Structures in your classroom I highly recommend that you attend a workshop. It’s not enough to just read the “how to” and do it. You need to know how to do it correctly and when to apply it into your classroom lesson plan. To read more about cooperative learning strategies, visit the Kagan website by clicking here. I was lucky enough to attend the 5-day Cooperative Learning workshop and now I am on my way to becoming a Kagan Coach for my school district. This post is intended to be a refresher and the freebie is to help you implement this structure into your classroom.
Are you using Kagan Structures in your classroom? Try Fan-N-Pick.
Before you begin…
- Questions need to be written on cards. One question per card.
- Each team receives a set of question cards. Around 8 cards per team.
- Students sit in teams.
- Students have numbers 1-4.
- Any student may start.
- Student #1 holds question cards in a fan and says, “Pick a card, any card!”
- Student #2 picks a card, reads the question aloud, and allows 5 seconds of think time.
- Student #3 answers the question.
- Student #4 responds to the answer: *For right/wrong answers, Student #4 checks and then either praises or coaches. * For questions that have no right or wrong answer, Student #4 does not check for correctness, but praises and then paraphrases the thinking that went into the answer.
- Students rotate roles, one person clockwise for each new round.
I adapted this mat from Dr. Spencer Kagan’s Fan-N-Pick mats (note if you purchase the manage mats from Kagan you will get 10 double-sided mats: Manage mats on one side and Fan-N-Pick on the back side…these mats are made on a thick laminated card stock and will last). Manage mats help support cooperative learning in your classroom. I printed off 5 onto card stock and glued them to 5 different color construction paper, then laminated them.
Click to download the pdf file –> Kagan Inspired Fan-N-Pick
Click here for your FREE daily Kagan inspired Manage Mat.
Disclosure: I used KG fonts on my freebie. You can download these fonts off TeacherPayTeachers.com. I have a license to use her fonts for commercial use.