Speed Dating

General Directions

Each student will research a topic (e.g. biomes, organelle, genetic disorder), and find 3 to 5 facts or interesting details about this topic, which should include information that is not commonly known.
During class students pair up to share this information in short (1 – 5 minutes each) sessions.
At a bell or buzzer, they will switch partners.
I often have them complete between 4 and 8 rounds depending on the complexity of the topics, amount of variability in the research and number of students.

Adaptation: As a guide, you can provide a set of questions for them to focus on, and have them provide a short introduction each round. This helps keep things from being so repetitive and can help the students stretch their understanding, ability to answer questions, and discussion skills.