Lesson Plan

Fishbowl Discussion

Filter young teenagers' opinions and perspectives with a classic fishbowl discussion. Given any topic relevant to your curriculum, a group of class members engage in discussion for their peers to observe.

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CCSS: Adaptable
Instructional Ideas
  • Apply to a novel unit or when discussing current issues in social studies
  • Use the technique with the whole class or in several small groups
  • Model the discussion strategy before assigning it to class members
Classroom Considerations
  • Instructions may be similar to the way classes conduct Socratic seminars
  • Requires enough space in the classroom to set up two circles of chairs or desks
  • Versatile for any subject or class
  • Provides a step-by-step procedure guide
  • None