Cooperative grouping is a simple way to increase student engagement. Kagan structures provide a variety of activities that promote cooperative learning in classrooms. That being said, my favorite, go to activity is Quiz-Quiz-Trade.
Traditionally, a teacher asks a question and one child is selected to respond to the question. With Quiz-Quiz-Trade, 50% of my class is answering questions at any given time. That's HUGE!
Sometimes, there isn't an answer needed. We can simply use reading game cards and practice a particular phonics pattern or high frequency word.
Cards can be prepared with math problems, spelling words, vocabulary words and definitions across content areas, as well as anything else you can think of. The possibilities are ENDLESS!