Connect Four: A Critical Thinking Game
Here’s a cool way to get learners to think critically about concepts or historical events. I call it Connect Four, after the game, because the learner will explain how four seemingly disparate items are connected to one another. I first came up with idea when teaching sixth grade social studies as a means of helping students review for an assessment. All you do is provide a list of four items and the learner provides a connecting fact which links them together.
For example, Bessie Coleman and Josephine Baker traveled to France to further their individual careers because segregation in the United States prohibited their professional advancement.
Josephine Baker and Lena Horne were famed entertainers who refused to play before segregated audiences.
Rustin Bayard played a pivotal role in the Civil Rights movement and was a co-organizer of the March on Washington of 1963 of which Lena Horne and Josephine Baker both attended.
Connect Four is a conversation starter and enables the participants to consider concepts in a substantive context.