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Dance It – Chance It


Students respond to a question or text, collaborate with a friend, and then take two chances as they solve problems.


  • Assessment question, vocabulary word, visual stimuli, or text excerpt to analyze
  • Dance It – Chance It template (English/Spanish)
  • Music


  1. Select slide(s)/music prompt(s) and project for students to see (if using the provided template).
  2. Play music as students dance around the room.
  3. Students get a partner closest to them when the music stops.
  4. Present students with an assessment question, vocabulary word, visual stimuli, or text excerpt.
  5. Students assign themselves a role (A or B) and take two chances:
    • Partner A: Take a chance and justify the correct response, describe the term/visual, or summarize the text.
    • Partner B: Take a chance and predict a mistake, provide examples of the term or visual, or infer from the text.
  6. Observe students’ thinking and clarify/verify as appropriate.

Classroom Management

  • Preview music clips to ensure they are appropriate and role-play how students should appropriately dance (or walk around) as a funny way to infuse the playful “vibe” of the strategy.
  • Ensure every student has a partner when the music ends.
  • Remind students there will be no harm or humiliation for incorrect answers because correcting mistakes is a sign of intelligence!


  • Promote access by allowing students to preview the prompts/questions with a supportive peer/adult.
  • Promote access by providing sentence stems to frame responses.
  • Promote access by providing students with the correct response to justify and/or a specific common mistake to correct.

Think It Up!

  • Have students think more deeply about the concept by responding to a Think It Up prompt as an exit ticket or journal entry:
    • Predict another mistake and correct the error.
    • Evaluate the word/question difficulty (easy, medium, complex) and explain your reasoning.
  • Encourage students to use lead4ward’s Thinking Stems (English/Spanish) to frame their responses, if needed.