3 - 2 - 1 exampleThis activity can be used as both a Connection and Summary Activity and asks students to uncover their initial thoughts, ideas, questions and understandings about a topic and then to connect these to new thinking about the topic after they have received some instruction. It involves asking student to respond to the following prompts:

  • What are 3 Thoughts/Ideas you have related to the topic?
  • What are 2 Questions you have about the topic?
  • What is 1 Analogy/Metaphor related to the topic?

This activity can be introduced as a Connection Activity by having students’ complete an initial 3-2-1 individually prior to the lesson. After the lesson, students complete another 3-2-1. Students then share their initial and new thinking, explaining to their partners how and why their thinking shifted. The following is an example: