Gallery walks spur active involvement through discussion, collaboration (appealing to interpersonal learners), analysis & synthesis and require students to physically move around the room (engaging kinesthetic learners). Teachers can informally assess based on what they hear and observe or formally assess based on conclusions generated.
Check out the gallery walks from TeacherspayTeachers designed to increase student achievement while decreasing the time and energy teachers must invest to create engaging activities.
- Eleven station plant gallery walk - students examine the eleven photos of leaves, use the dichotomous key to determine their genus and species and apply critical thinking to answer the adaptation questions included at each station. Package includes a dichotomous key, writing prompt with graphic organizer, rubric, reader’s theater one page scene, links to online games and resources.
- Cloud gallery walk - students use a dichotomous key to classify clouds and draw conclusions about the weather. Each of the nine stations has a photo (and two extra credit questions to allow for tiered instruction) Five additional stations cover other weather related topics requiring students to use what they know or read to interpret the pictures. Eleven writing picture prompts are included for interdisciplinary creative writing.