This strategy can be used as an icebreaker or get to know you activity to establish community in a classroom, or can be used with content to incorporate physical movement into a formative assessment. For younger grades it can be used to teach simple vocabulary or topics. For older grades, it can be used to aid in with memory of abstract concepts because of the active engagement along with physical movement.
Students practice prioritizing one idea over another by evaluating their classmates' responses to a reading or discussion and "spending" up to a dollar on the response(s) that make sense to them. The more they agree with one response over the others, the more a student "spends" in support of that response.
This strategy quickly assesses students’ ideas concerning a concept or question and can be used as either formative or summative assessment (but is most appropriate for a formative assessment). Sticky Bars helps students see that there is often a range of opinions concerning a concept.