Using Rank & Reason in the Primary Grades


Interactive Options

We would recommend that this is a full class activity. You can project the Rank & Reason onto the board and pose the Discussion Question to the class. Have students think-pair-share and then invite volunteers to the front to drag one item to the top (or bottom) and give a verbal ‘justification’ (or reason why).

The fun element of dragging the items will encourage students to volunteer, and the nature of the ‘no right answer’ aspect will help students feel confident in giving their opinions. It will also encourage students to listen to each other and formulate appropriate responses.

Alternative Options

You might instead want to give students paper copies of the Rank & Reason to move the items around in front of them in small groups or pairs and write short justifications in the space provided. Gallery walks are a great way for students to view the rankings and justifications of other groups.

See also our Rank & Reason Strategies for English Learners (EL) for some fantastic ways to scaffold English learner students.



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