A Strategy & A Snack: Answer First Strategy & Baked Chick Peas!

Who doesn’t love snacks?
& what teacher doesn’t like a few new teaching strategies to get the kids excited!
So starting today, and every Saturday after this, I am going to start my own little linky party…. 
If you would like to join in, just share a quick strategy you like to use in your teaching {delivery of material, classroom management, organization, anything you want!} and share a recipe of one of your favorite snacks you like to make!
Feel free to grab the linky button for your blog!
I hope I get a lot of new recipes from this and I know I will get some great teaching tips!!

Strategy: Answer First Strategy

The answer is 25. What is the question?

Imagine the variety of “questions” you can get from this ONE “answer.”

What is 20 + 5?
How much is a quarter worth?
What is 5 multiplied by 5?
What is 24 plus 1?
What is 100 divided by 4?

Or maybe have them create their own word problem!!

…it could go on forever!

This strategy is by far one of my favorites to use in class because it can literally be applied cross-curricular and it is such a great assessment to see what level and how much information a student as comprehended from a lesson or even from the previous school year!

Best part – students LOVE doing this! 

Let’s go with a history question.
The answer is Martin Luther King.

What is the question?


OR with a reading story you could list a character’s name and ask students to give you the questions.

To introduce this strategy, use easy examples such as Christmas or anything the students are very familiar and knowledgeable about and model the strategy for them!

Here is the sheet I use when I do these with my students:

Since they already know the routine for this strategy, I just write, “The answer is ___. What is the question?” on the board and let them brainstorm together or independently to see what they can come up with! They will love trying to impress you!

Snack: Baked Chick Peas
I looove to snack on chips, but my body hates them!
To give them up isn’t so bad, but I still crave a crunch every now and again!
I originally found the recipe from here.
If you love chick peas… you will love these and they are so easy to make!

Link up to tell me about one of your favorite strategies and homemade snacks!



  1. Magic Mistakes and Mayhem on July 13, 2013 at 5:03 am

    Yum!!! Definitely trying this! I wish I had chickpeas in the pantry! I love that strategy too! Great post and cool linky!

    x Serena x
    Magic Mistakes and Mayhem

  2. resource room roundabout on July 13, 2013 at 5:39 am

    Love this strategy, I am also planning on using it this next school year.


  3. theuniqueclassroom on July 13, 2013 at 1:09 pm

    That's a great strategy. I should incorporate it with my math morning work! Thank you!

    Here are mine:
    STRATEGY: By far, the strategy that has made the most difference in my students’ writing is using and creating a planning organizer. I start out the year with a graphic organizer that identifies each category (Introduction, Facts, Details, Conclusion, etc.). Then I gradually wean them from that to a blank template when I feel they are ready. Eventually they are able to create their own graphic organizer right on composition paper, and aren't so dependent on the ones teachers provide.

    SNACK: A quick on-the-go snack that I love is all about the almonds and chocolate chips (my two favorite ingredients!), and it couldn't be easier to make. Combine Cheerios, raisins (or other dried fruits), almonds, pretzels and chocolate chips in a re-closable sandwich bag and shake. That’s it! It has the salty-sweet taste I'm craving. I toss it in my lunch bag and it’s there for the mid-morning or afternoon munchies.
    ~Amy Marie

  4. Erin Blecki on July 13, 2013 at 6:31 pm

    I love your strategy! What a great idea, and the recording form with it is so cute too! I also love your recipe idea! I've been wanting to try those and your recipe seems simple enough! I'll be prepping a blog post so I'm ready to link up with you next Saturday!

    Creating & Teaching

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