Today was a normal day with a normal schedule and with normal instruction. Math was a review of the quickly-mastered multiplicative comparisons concept.
We did a hands-on activity to reinforce the concept of multiplicative comparisons using either multiplication or division. Each student was given a bag containing 30 jelly beans and had the choice to model one of two simple word problems.
In science, we discussed the parts of a forest ecosystem and food web and the roles each member plays. I showed the following picture below.
Each student was then given an index card. The task: quickly and accurately draw the above image (including the arrows to indicate who eats whom) and choose one of the animals.
Next, they were to take the index card and place it over their chosen animal to represent it being removed from the ecosystem. This could be the result of pollution, human interference, etc.
The final task: write a short reflection piece on the index card to predict how this missing member will affect the rest of the ecosystem.