TAP Day 6 contd.: Act. 5 – A bit of research, cause-and-effect diagrams, and The Relationship Game.
Wikipedia rules for a little research-lite, just dipping a toe in to an issue of their choice. They used the info on say, coral reef destruction, to make a cause-and-effect diagram, a super handy way of taking notes. They seemed to get it with very little trouble and didn’t even seem to mind doing it that much. See TAP Act.5 “Choosing a Problem to Take Action On!”
And then the activity had to be revised – it didn’t work in 1st period to have kids fool around with their cause and effect cut-outs in big tables. Confusing and dull. So 3d period went the kinesthetic, whole body response way, otherwise known as a game. The ‘Relationship Game’… how fun does that sound? (Sorry 1st period 😦 )
One cute, popular girl stands on the coffee table with her cause and effect card. Her partner projects their card on the camera and other kids – her friends and the cool boys in this case, vie to join her on the coffee table by telling us how their issue is in fact, related. Good thing it’s a sturdy table that will take at least 17 kids clinging to each other. We have pics to prove it. Then repeat with quirky boy. And it turns out, you’ll be shocked to hear, that most of the issues do relate to each other. A few even speculated that human population is at the root of it all…
This actually happened yesterday but there were too many cute sayings from their journals and 2Q test and I really don’t want to bore you with too, too much verbiage each evening.
We are taking a break til Friday when the library is free for them to start their research. In the mean time, we are slipping in a little sex and genetics.
The first spatterings of rain on the black windows, trees tossing and heaving on the winter wind. So glad to have somewhere safe and warm out of the storm.
Hoping you do too. See you Friday evening.
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