Think Puzzle Explore
Connections and Extension

Extensions and connection section:
Students can do the routine individually, in small groups or as a whole class. Student responses to the routine can be written down and recorded so that a class chart of prior knowledge, puzzles and exploration strategies are listed for all to see and return to during the course of study. Students can write their individual responses on post-it notes and add them to a class list of ideas. Students can also record their thoughts in a journal.

It’s possible to think about all three questions of the routine at once, or think about a question one at a time, or even on different days. Consider using the Question Starts routine to help build and define some of the questions and puzzles that come up in the discussion. The What Makes You Say That routine or Claim Support Question can help students identify some of the things they think they know about the topic.

As a follow up activity to build on or extend the routine ask students to work in small groups and sort the ideas or list of puzzles. What are some common ideas that people have about the topic? What are the common puzzles and questions?

Students can think about the puzzles the class came up with— Ask students to write about which are the most interesting questions on the list and why they think so. A natural follow up activity is to have students investigate these puzzles. Use the exploration strategies generated by the class to find out more about the topic.