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Tip of the Week – I Have, Who Has?

Jill Weber, a middle school teacher from our Century of Progress TAH project, shared a great review strategy with the group this morning and thought I would pass it on.

The activity is called “I Have, Who Has?”

And I’ve used it before but in a bit different way than how Jill described it  – I’ll let you decide which you’d like to try first!

The purpose of the activity is to help kids both learn and review foundational information that they’ll need later as part of their learning activities. So it’s an activity that lives towards the bottom of the three story intellect but one that is very useful to help kids move up the different intellect “stories.”

Start by deciding what information you want kids to learn / review. This could be presidents, places, events or even ideas. Then create a series of cards that has both a question and the answer to a different question. The sample below focuses on geography:

Jill uses the following process:

Pass out one card to each student and ask a student to begin the activity. This student reads the question on his/her card. The student who has the card with the answer to this question reads the answer and then reads the question on his/her card. Students should continue until the last card is matched with the card that started the activity. If you time the rounds, students can play several rounds of this game to try to beat the time of the previous round.

I used the activity just a bit differently. Rather than have kids sit and go one after another, I asked the students to get up and find the kid who had the answer to the question on their card. When a kid finds the answer, the two kids swap cards and the process continues until you get tired of the noise. I like this idea because it gets kids up and moving while allowing them the chance to encounter a lot of the questions.

But I also like how Jill does it. If I used this strategy now, I would start with my process and the next day would jump back to Jill’s idea, especially the speed version.

Have fun!

4 Comments Post a comment
  1. I have done this activity with students and they absolutely love it! I have done the speed version in the past but cant wait to add your idea into the mix. I’ve found it helpful to have a student stand when they read their card. They speak louder than if they remained seated. Last week we did this with analogies (Jefferson : Louisiana Purchase :: Pierce : _____) to help with this common type of question that shows up on the state exams – although analogies are usually more of an English thing.

    February 20, 2011
    • glennw #

      I love your analogy idea! Robert Marzano’s What Works in Schools talks about the power of analogies – I’ve never thought of using that with I Have Who Has.

      Thanks for the great example!


      February 20, 2011
  2. Christine #

    This is a great idea! I’ve seen this type of activity done in a middle school math classroom, similar to Jill’s way. I like the alternative way you suggested. Both activities can be great ways to review. It might be interesting to have the students create the “I have” “Who has?” Cards the day before so they are part of the process. Thanks for the idea!

    February 27, 2011
    • glennw #


      I like the idea of student-created cards! Maybe different sections or hours could create the cards for each other. Thanks for the suggestion!


      February 28, 2011

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