Carousel Brainstorming

Conduct the cooperative learning strategy, carousel brainstorming, with the help of a step-by-step plan for implementation. Scholars work collaboratively to think of, and write, information and thoughts that come to mind when discussing a topic. Each topic is presented on a sheet of chart paper in which learners circulate around the room to list what they know without repeating information from others. A grand discussion of reading and responding to each item written on the chart paper concludes the activity.   

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CCSS: Adaptable
Instructional Ideas
  • Model each part of the brainstorming activity and answer questions to ensure comprehension 
  • Utilize the brainstorming activity with a just-for-fun topic prior to attempting a curriculum based topic 
  • Highlight or circle information that class members deem most important to guide further discussion 
Classroom Considerations
  • Requires chart paper, markers, and a timer
  • If using the strategy with young children, an aide may be necessary to write their responses
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  • Provides example topics and subtopics 
  • The activity procedure is written in detail 
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