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Talking Chips

Dr. Spencer Kagan, Miguel Kagan, & Laurie Kagan

Teammates place Talking Chips in the center of the table to make sure everyone contributes to the team discussion.


Setup: Teams have talking chips (maximum: two chips each).

  1. The teacher provides a discussions topic and provides think time. For example, “Are the recent hurricanes a result of climate change? Why or why not? Should we do anything differently?”
  2. Any student begins the discussion, placing one of his/her chips in the center of the table.
  3. Any student with a chip continues discussing, using his/her chip.
  4. When all chips are used, teammates each collect their chips and continue the discussion using their talking chips.

Modification: Students may be given just one chip each. Students with no chips left must wait until teammates have used all their chips before they all collect their chip(s) and continue the discussion.

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Download and print these chips to play Talking Chips with your students on any discussion topic.

Download Printable Talking Chips Here

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Learning Chips
Boost interaction. Boost learning. Learning Chips will have your class humming with interaction. Each set has 16 attractive, durable plastic chips. Each team lays a set of chips question side down on their desk. One student picks a chip and reads the question. All teammates take a turn responding. The next student picks the next chip and all teammates respond. Learning Chips are a terrific way to get students interacting over the learning topic! Just place a set of chips at a team table and let the non-stop discussion begin. They run themselves as a center. Chips are also great for whole-class activities. Give each student one chip. Have them mix, pair, and ask a partner the question on their chip. They trade chips and find new partners to question.
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