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Fish Bowl

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Form two concentric circles. The smaller, interior group discusses a topic, while the larger outside group observes. Good for larger classes.


  • Describe how this activity presents students with an opportunity to model or observe group processing behaviors.
  • Reverse roles as needed.
  • Rotate perspectives as an observer.

This could be useful for teaching missionary techniques or for evaluating lessons that a student might teach to another group. For example, if your Priests' class will be teaching the Deacons about the godhead, fishbowl students might practice before teaching by posing as teachers and class members, while other students offer constructive and Christlike suggestions for asking better questions during a lesson.

(The Basic Collaborative Learning Techniques, Supplemental Instruction, Iowa State University, http://www.dso.iastate.edu/asc/supplemental/SIShowcaseCollaborative.pdf)

Great for: Helping students find meaning in the scriptures, Giving every person a turn, Helping shy students participate, Getting the attention of uninterested students, Mission preparation

Class size: 3 or more students

Helps Students: SEE a gospel principle in action, SHARE feelings, thoughts, or personal experiences

Prep Time:

Student Age: Any age

Equipment needed:

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