Hey, friends! Today I'm sharing a REALLY simple and fun way to change an otherwise monotonous lesson into something engaging and memorable. When my classes learn ratios, the typical lesson plan would be to put up a data set on the board and have them write ratios using the numbers of apples and oranges, or monkeys and tigers, etc. Instead of putting up a set of data, we create our own using these fun "would you rather" questions.
I put these slides up on the board and we go around the room and they each tell me their response to the question. We tally up the answers as we go, write the ratios (typically in three different, simplest forms) and then I ask two of three of them to tell everyone why they picked the choice they did.
Next, there are only a few class days left before Thanksgiving break, and I love having these little conversation questions available as a fun way to start class or a way to fill an extra few minutes at the end of the period.
1) What was the best gift you ever received?
2) What is something you love that you would like to share with someone else?
3) Tell us about a time when someone did something thoughtful for you. What was it? What about a time you did something thoughtful for someone else?
4) If you could give one present to the whole world, what would it be any why?
5) Do you think it's more important to be kind or happy? Why? Let's discuss the importance of kindness and ways you can display kindness every day, even in small ways.
6) If you could start your own charity, who/what would it help?
7) What famous person would you invite to Thanksgiving dinner?
... and I write a little note telling them how/why I'm thankful for them. I'm sure it means more to some students than others :), and it takes FOREVER, but I have a great time reflecting on each of the kids and my hope is that it's a little confidence boost and sweet memory or them.
Happy Tuesday, Friends!!!