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Students think, talk, and write to deeply analyze an assessment question and correct mistakes while playing with a Chatterbox.


  • Assessment question
  • Chatterbox handout
  • Chatterbox template (English/Spanish)
  • Scissors


  1. Choose a Chatterbox option from the provided templates or customize your own to create the handout.
  2. Organize students into partners.
  3. Give each pair a Chatterbox handout to cut/fold into a Chatterbox toy.
  4. Project a troublesome assessment question.
  5. Round 1:
    • Student 1 chooses a word on the Chatterbox; student 2 spells it out, working the Chatterbox.
    • Student 1 chooses a number; student 2 counts it out, working the Chatterbox.
    • Student 1 chooses another inside number; student 2 lifts the tab to reveal the question.
    • Student 1 answers the question; student 2 compliments or coaches.
  6. Round 2:
    • Repeat step 5 with students switching roles.
    • Repeat for 6-8 rounds so each student answers 3-4 questions.
  7. Observe students’ thinking and clarify/verify as appropriate.
  8. Students summarize what they learned and note how to avoid mistakes in the future.

Classroom Management

  • Model how to cut/fold/create the Chatterbox.
  • Rehearse how to use the Chatterbox with a simple, fun question before using it with academic content.
  • Consider using the activity as a learning station.
  • Remind students there will be no harm or humiliation for incorrect answers because correcting mistakes is a sign of intelligence!


  • Promote access by previewing the question and partnering with a supportive peer.
  • Promote access by allowing the use of student/teacher notes/summaries of the content.
  • Promote access by allowing a peer to read the question aloud.

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:
    • Draw a conclusion about how the Chatterbox questions helped you better understand the concept.
  • Encourage students to use lead4ward’s Thinking Stems (English/Spanish) to frame their responses, if needed.