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Rock or Feather:
A Critical-Thinking Activity

Students worked hard all week? Do they deserve a special reward for a job well done? This activity will offer students a nice break from structured learning. Adapt it to fit your needs. Have some Friday Fun!


Are you more like a rock or a feather? summer or winter? the city or the country? Which word in each of those word pairs best describes you, your personality, your dreams? That's the idea behind this very simple activity that teacher Dick Fuller calls Rock or Feather?

Fuller, a middle school teacher in Georgia, first used the Rock or Feather? activity when he was an Outward Bound teacher. The idea behind the activity is simple, he says. Students make choices. For example, are they rocks or feathers? They have to choose one -- the one that describes them the best -- and they have to be able to explain why they made the choice.

Students might consider whether they are...

    • drama or comedy?
    • rock band or string quartet?
    • clothesline or kite string?
    • Big Mac or sirloin steak?
    • river or pond?
    • bat or ball?

      Click the link below for more ideas for using the activity and a printable work sheet that accompanies it.


      Rock or Feather: A Critical-Thinking Activity
      Education World (October 15, 2002)

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      Article by Gary Hopkins
      Education World®
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