4 Corners Review

Hi everyone!  I'm Tessa from Tales from Outside the Classroom.  I'm so excited that Corinna is giving me a chance to guest post for her today.  Thanks Corinna!  I hope this post is a new idea for you.

4 Corners is a strategy that become popular with differentiation to find out students prior knowledge about a topic.  However, I like to use it to review.
 I like it because it gets the kids up and moving.  I also like it because your kids can hide within the pack if they aren't so certain about an answer.  Here's how it works.
  • First, you label the four corners of your room.  With review, I use multiple choice options a, b, c, d.
  • Second, you ask the students a question and give corresponding answers.
  • Third, students move to the corner that represents an answer that they think is correct.
I always make the students explain the answer to reinforce what they're learning.  For your students who are struggling, they get to practice but if they don't know an answer, they can just follow the group and listen for the explanation.  By doing this activity, all students are involved and it really reaches your kinesthetic kids.
To use it to assess your students' prior knowledge you can ask students for their comfort on a specific topic and they move to the corner that corresponds.  You can use it as a post-assessment by doing the same thing.  You can also use it to have students pick how they will show their learning (write a report, act out a play, etc).  Basically, you can use it any way to have students make a choice.  I'd love to hear some other ways you use this strategy in your classroom.  Thanks again Corinna for this opportunity!


  1. I haven't used this strategy in years! Thanks so much for the reminder, Tessa:))
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  2. This is such a great way to get students engaged in a topic. The variety of 4 corner games is endless! I find myself changing up the rules a tad but following the same protocol for expectations and student involvement. I really like adding a graffiti component when each group arrives at a corner. This way they are held accountable for their thinking and share their opinions with others. Its also a great way to "see" the learning discussion evolve!

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  3. Thank you for the great post Tessa. It has a been awhile since I used this strategy, and it is a great reminder. I hav a lot of movers and shakers this year, so it is perfect for them :)

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