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Who Am I?


Students give clues, make inferences, and draw conclusions about important words.


  • 6-8 important terms
  • Sticky notes


  1. Assign each student a word from a list of 6-8 terms on the board.
  2. Students write their assigned word on a sticky note. (Students may add a quick sketch.)
  3. Students fold their sticky notes so the word (and sketch) cannot be seen, walk around the room, and trade sticky notes 5 times.
  4. Without looking, students unfold their new sticky note and stick it to their forehead (or hold it above their head).
  5. Students get a thinking partner to give clues as they make guesses about their forehead words.
  6. After guessing the word, they pull the sticky notes down and say, “Woohoo!”
  7. Repeat steps 3-6 for three or four more rounds.
  8. Observe students’ thinking and clarify/verify as appropriate.

Classroom Management

  • Model the strategy using a “fishbowl” where a few students demonstrate the strategy (especially not looking at the word while unfolding the sticky note) while the class circles around and observes.
  • Ensure everyone gets a partner.
  • Remind students there will be no harm or humiliation for incorrect answers because correcting mistakes is a sign of intelligence!


  • Promote access by allowing the use of vocabulary journals or reviewing words with a supportive peer/adult before the game.
  • Promote access by providing a list of clues for teaching the words.

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:
    • Apply your understanding of these words by connecting them to assessment questions.
    • Describe 3 words you know better after Who Am I?
  • Encourage students to use lead4ward’s Thinking Stems (English/Spanish) to frame their responses, if needed.