The Explanation Game
A routine for exploring details and developing understanding.
Description: The Explanation Game thinking routine was designed examine an object carefully and propose multiple ideas to explain what the object is and what role it might serve. This routine provides powerful understanding.
How to Use the Strategy:
Refer to pages 101-108 in the book Making Thinking Visible: How to Promote Engagement, Understanding, and Independence for All Learners.
Access online instructions here at Harvard Project Zero.
See the routine in practice here at Harvard Project Zero.
Note: It is helpful for you to play the Explanation Game yourself with the content you have chosen to confirm that the content is appropriate for the task.
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