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Brainstorming is a strategy to activate prior knowledge by encouraging students to focus on a topic.  The teacher begins by posing a question or introducing a topic.  Students give all possible answers, words, or ideas.  Contributions are made without criticism or judgment.  This strategy encourages students to take risks in sharing their ideas and opinions.  Students build their knowledge on each other’s contributions.

Brainstorming Web

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Brainstorming Web

Brainstorm Graphic Organizers

Instructional Strategies Online: Brainstorming

Brainstorming for the Kinesthetic Learner



Activating Prior Knowledge
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