Explanation Game
Connections and Extension

The Explanation Game works well as a whole class discussion. Students working in pairs or small groups can also use the routine with Think Pair Share. Use in combination with the What makes You Say That routine or Claim Support Question to help students expand on their ideas and provide support for their explanations. After a discussion ask students to summarize their ideas with the Headlines routine. The Questions Starts routine can also help students flesh out their emerging puzzles and identify good questions to investigate.

Encourage students to keep an ongoing list of their interpretations and questions about a current topic in their notebook or journal and ask them to add to it during the course of study. A class chart can also be posted on the wall in the classroom and revisited and revised as new ideas and information surface through discussions.