Three Musketeer Groups
This tip is a variation of the 'heads together' or 'buddy buzz' concept to get students engaged. Each person in the room finds two other people to form a group of three. When the group is formed all three people put one of their arms together and raise them (like a musketeer) to show they are a team. A question is then asked, and each person in the group has a chance to discuss it. With young children you may want to assign who goes first (shortest child, nearest to door, etc.). This strategy could be used to form discussion groups for a story that has been read, to review content for a test, to work in groups on an assignment, etc. It also allows movement and thus is an energizer for the class. The idea is that three heads are better than one! This strategy can also be used to have older children introduce themselves as an ice breaker at the beginning of the year.