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What’s On Your Plate?


Students brainstorm everything they learned in the unit and then identify areas where they feel confident or are confused.


  • Paper plates


  1. Provide each student with a paper plate.
  2. Students brainstorm everything they learned in the unit (concepts, skills, vocabulary words, visuals, processes, etc.).
  3. Rock Star Ideas: Students draw a star beside the 2-3 ideas they understand the best.
  4. Loopback Ideas: Students circle 2-3 ideas they are still confused about.
  5. Students participate in 3 rounds of Musical Mix-Freeze-Group:
    • Round 1: Share brainstormed ideas and add new ideas.
    • Round 2: Summarize Rock Star ideas.
    • Round 3: Explain/coach each other about Loopback ideas.
  6. Collect and evaluate the paper plates and adjust instruction, review, and intervention as appropriate.

Classroom Management

  • Model the strategy using a think-aloud.
  • Roleplay the Musical Mix-Freeze-Group activity and ensure each student has a partner.
  • Demonstrate how to select the Rock Star and Loopback ideas.


  • Promote access by allowing students to process ideas with a supportive peer/adult.
  • Provide response support by providing a word/idea bank, allowing students to dictate responses to a scribe, and/or recording ideas 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:
    • Draw a conclusion about how your #1 Rock Star idea and your #1 Loopback idea will be tested.
  • Encourage students to use lead4ward’s Thinking Stems (English/Spanish) to frame their responses, if needed.