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Pair – Square – Share


Students generate ideas with a partner then share and compare responses with another pair.


  • Questions, prompts, or tasks


  1. Organize students into pairs.
  2. Student pairs work collaboratively to answer a Think It Up question, analyze an assessment item, summarize a vocabulary word, analyze a visual, or respond to text.
  3. Two pairs then form a square.
  4. Student pairs share their response to the question, task, or text.
  5. Students may revise their original responses based on their discussions.
  6. Observe students’ thinking and clarify/verify as appropriate.

Classroom Management

  • Model how to get into pairs then model how to move into squares.


  • Promote access by pairing with a supportive peer and/or allowing peer to read aloud any text.
  • Provide response support by allowing the use of thinking stems to frame a response and/or using speech-to-text or word prediction support.

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:
    • Compare/Contrast the two pairs’ responses.
    • Summarize in one sentence what you know better after the activity.
  • Encourage students to use lead4ward’s Thinking Stems (English/Spanish) to frame their responses, if needed.