Stand Up - Hand Up - Pair Up

Kagan Structure

How does it work?

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Materials Needed:

Questions for student discussion or task cards

Music is also an option!

When to Use

Use Stand Up-Hand Up-Pair Up at any point in the lesson to structure meaningful conversation.

  • Before introducing new material to tap into prior knowledge
  • After a unit to review terms
  • At the beginning of the school year as a way to review students' knowledge of class rules and procedures
  • After a math unit to review shapes or problems
  • Before students begin an assignment, such as an essay, a set of word problems or a science activity/experiment, to gather ideas or formalize procedures
  • To remediate weak skills
  • To practice newly learned skills


  1. Have all students stand up and put one hand in the air.
  2. Have students walk around the classroom.
  3. Call out "Pair" and have students pair up with the student he or she is standing closest to.
  4. Students that have found partners will put their hands down. Any other students who have not found partners will keep their hands raised until they find a partner.

See it in Action!

Kagan Structure: Stand Up, Hand Up, Pair Up

Anchor Chart

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Sources/Additional Resources