Snowball Technique – A Teaching Strategy
What is the Snowball Technique?
This teaching method is a way for students to teach each other important concepts and information. Students begin by working alone. Next they collaborate with a partner. Partners form groups of four. Groups of four join together to form groups of eight. This snowballing effect continues until the entire class is working together as one large group.
Variation #1 – Have students work individually, with a partner, and then in groups of four. Stop at this point, and have a class discussion.
Variation #2 – Place students in groups of four or five. Call this group the Expert Group. Students in this group discuss one portion of a task. After a specific time, students move to Home Groups. A Home Group consist of one person from each different Expert Group. Students share the information from the Expert Group with the Home Group. With this technique, each member of the class is responsible for teaching one bit of information to the Home Group.
Give this Strategy a Try
This free printable contains all you need to give this technique a try. All of the sources tell about Cornwallis’s surrender at Yorktown on October 19, 1781.
The following materials are included:
This activity makes a great addition to my novel unit Woods Runner.
This activity compliments the American Revolutionary War Lapbook.