This strategy helps students summarize and engage with new content.
Why use it?
- To help focus ideas about a new concept.
- To scaffold the skills of summarizing.
Tips for success
- Use this strategy after students have learned a new concept through a lesson, video, or text.
- Ask groups to choose a spokesperson to share some of their ideas back to the whole class.
- Consider doing this strategy as a whole class the first time students use it.
How do I use it?
- Give each student a 3-2-1 Recording Sheet reproducible.
- Direct students to record:
- 3 facts or things they have learned from the lesson or text,
- 2 questions they still have. And;
- 1 main idea.
- After 5-8 minutes, students move into small groups. Students share and discuss their ideas using a round-robin process to ensure balanced participation. Students begin by sharing one category. After each group member has shared something in that category, then move on to the categories.
- Students share and discuss as a whole class.
- Change the elements of the 3-2-1 strategy to focus on particular content questions. For example, if students are learning about the differences between plant and animal cells, they could record 3 differences, 2 similarities, and 1 question.
- Identifying Main Ideas: Students could record 3 of the most important ideas from the lesson or text, 2 supporting details for each of these ideas and 1 question they have about each of these ideas.
- Students could complete this activity in groups using chart paper.
- Students could write their facts, questions, and main ideas on sticky notes to post on the white board, chart paper, or a virtual platform like Jamboard.
Using this Strategy
Create Your Own
- 3-2-1 Recording Sheet Reproducible Template [Google doc] [.pdf]