At first our learners were excited, but didn't spend much time here. We left it out hoping someone would be inspired. Our patience paid off, D.A. began exploring the rib x-ray and wondered how any ribs there were. She used the toothpicks to re-create the ribs.
Other learners came over to see what she was doing. They then began connecting some of the x-rays. Ms. Tompkins encouraged them to use the floor to have more space.
|This group began working collaboratively and problem solving how to put the body together.|
Here is a snippet into some of the conversation (Can you find the math?):
L.L- "This is long"
I.D- Maybe this?
L.L- And then...
I.L- That's the neck
L.L- This is the eye
A.R- Can I see?
D.A- It goes here! I got it!
L.L- That's shorter, that's long. That one is wrong, it's supposed to go on this side. Look, this side is this side, and that's there.
A.R- See? Here!
I.L- No no no, that's not the way it goes.
I.L.- Where's the head?
A.A- The skull.
L.L- Is it like that?
A.R- I don't know!
A.A- Yeah it is!
I.L.- This is an arm piece, but where does the arm go?
A.R.- Look here! I think I know
|The finished skeleton (we realized not all the x-rays were there, since the legs were different lengths)|
|They persisted and worked together when adding all the sticks.|
They each began to count the bones but the number got too high. So D.M. decided to count only the arm and record the number on paper. This encouraged the others to do the same. Each learner recorded the number and the body part. They suggested we use a calculator to add up the totals because it was so big!
Our learners were so proud of themselves for working through this challenge. We were so proud of this group for how well they collaborated, persisted, spoke, counted, recorded and problem-solved. Such great learning!
Be open to authentic experiences, listen to your learners and provide opportunities for thinking. You'll be amazed at the learning that will happen.