Today was the second and final day of our two day week before Thanksgiving Break. I definitely saw a noticeable decline in attendance though that is understandable. I have done quite a few whirlwind trips up north visiting both my relatives in Ohio and my wife's in Pennsylvania and yet getting home in time for Monday morning and another week of school. If you are among those who are heading out of town at some point, I wish you a safe and wonderful trip!
While I did say that today's entry was going to be short, that was not accurate since we did a lot.
Today was also the final day of the unit on Matter: Properties and Change. As I had mentioned before, there was no point in starting a new unit on a two day week before a major holiday. So, we will begin the new unit, Energy: Conservation and Transfer on Monday, which also happens to be the last day of November. Using the same line of reasoning, I will focus on the first part of the unit which is types of energy and cover the section on properties of light in January.
Of course, we still began the lesson with a warm-up to review:
Then we did a review on capitalization and nouns before heading in to the final two activities.
The first activity was not the game. I had planned on doing a Mobius Strip activity since the beginning of the year and told the students about it from time to time. Therefore, this was definitely something that I couldn't change nor would I want to.
What is a Mobius Strip? Well.....it isn't easy to explain but I will try. If you take a strip of paper and glue it into a ring and draw a line from one arbitrary starting point, you will return to that starting point, no more....no less.
With a Mobius Strip, take the same strip of paper and give it a single twist so that it kinks before gluing (or taping) the ends together. Now, begin at a random location and draw a line. You will find that you will cover BOTH sides of the strip before returning to the exact same location. How? Beats me! You will need to ask a math wiz far above my pay grade. The illustrations below shows some examples.
What we did was make Mobius Strips of the Rock Cycle since it is never ending.
The final activity was to play the game that was made. I created a simple board game and students made questions for it. However, only one class had the time to do it so hopefully we can make time for it next week. Below is a slideshow of some student work.