Monday, January 30, 2017

Sticky Stroll: An Engaging Activity for Citing Evidence

I'm always trying to get my kids up and out of their seats! When kids move around the room, they are instantly more engaged in the lesson. When I saw Miss 5th's "Wisdom Walk" with her students, I immediately knew I had to recreate it! And thus, "Sticky Stroll" was invented. I posted a picture on Instagram and a lot of you wanted to know more about it, so I thought I'd write a blog post about it. :)

This activity can be used for a bunch of different content. In Miss 5th's version, they kids were using it for math problems and I used it to practice citing evidence by quoting directly. It made this sometimes difficult and time consuming skill much more fun!

First, figure out what your content is going to be. Since mine was citing evidence, I created 8 different questions about the novel we are reading. I typed each question on a piece of paper and then attached the paper to a piece of oversized scrapbook paper. I displayed each poster around the room. 
After each poster was displayed around the room, we partnered up. Each partner group stood at a poster. I turned on some music (I used the song 'Walkin' on Sunshine) and when the music played everyone walked around the room in a big circle. We added a little dance to spice things up while we strolled around the room! When the music stopped, each group had to find a poster (kind of like musical chairs except everyone will always have a question to answer). Each group worked together to create a constructed response to the question. They had to cite direct text based evidence for each question!

I had a lot of questions about the numbered sticky notes. Once each group finished, they stuck their answer to the poster. In order to prevent another group from coming along and copying down their answer, each group took another sticky note, wrote their number (each group had a number) and stuck it on top of their answer.

When we finished, the kids went back around to collect their sticky notes from each poster. They stuck their answers on a piece of paper. 
Then they typed their answers in a Google Doc and shared them with me. They had the best time with this and worked so hard! I'm definitely going to use this activity to practice more skills in the future! 


  1. Does each group give 1 written group response or their own response with help from their group?
    Awesome idea!!

    1. Each student is responsible for giving an answer. They work together to come up with an answer, but each kid is responsible for their own answer. :)

  2. This is such a great idea!! We are digging deeper into citing evidence now and I cannot wait to try this out! Thank you for sharing! :)

  3. Thanks for sharing! I used this with RI8 this week- how an author uses evidence and reasons to support a claim. I gave students several claims from the Scholastic News we were reading, and they had to write down a reason or evidence the author used to support the claim on the sticky. I did it a little differently by having the students keep their sticky notes until the end, and then they put them up once everyone was done and we talked about each one. I then took the sticky notes off and sorted them into who gave a correct response and incorrect so I knew who I needed to reteach to.

  4. Do you have the questions you used?