“Pepper is a great warm-up activity. Many teachers include it as part of daily oral drill at the onset of class, but it is also effective as an upbeat interlude to bring energy to the class, or as an energetic part of a review.”
KEY IDEA: Uses fast-paced, group-oriented activities to review familiar information and foundational skills.
3 Aspects of Pepper
- Often Involves Cold Call but doesn’t have to. You can take hands if you prefer, calling on volunteers quickly and energetically.
- Asks quick fundamental questions, often as a review.
- Is a game with a clear end and beginning.
- Pick sticks. Popsicle sticks with students names on them are pulled at random out of a can.
- Head-to-head. 2 students begin by standing up to answer a question, student who is corrects remains standing to compete against a new challenger.
- Sit down. As a beginning to class -All students stand. Students “earn their seats” by answering correctly. To determine Line up, ie lunch, game is reversed and students earn their way into the line.
From Teach Like a Champion by Doug Lemove (Jossey Bass, 2010)