What an excellent activity for a Friday! They were given five different nets. Nets are the two dimensional shapes that make up a three dimensional figure. They first had to answer two questions for each net. 1. Describe the shapes in the net. 2. What three dimensional figure do you think these shapes will make? They then cut the shapes out and taped them together. I used tape because I knew the glue sticks wouldn’t dry fast enough to hold the shapes together (good call and thanks Shane for going and getting me the tape at 10:00 last night after your wrestling dual). Every kid seemed to absolutely love doing this activity. Our bell work for the beginning of the class was, “1. What are two differences between a prism and a pyramid. 2. What shapes make up a rectangular prism? 3. What shapes make up a triangular pyramid? 4. What shapes make up a cylinder?” I was extremely pleased with the number of students who could answer these questions and explain them, when the only lesson we had on them was some notes we took yesterday. I have so many students this year who are thinkers. I believe giving them all of these hands-on activities and games have molded them into becoming thinkers. It’s not a teacher standing up and telling them what they need to know, it’s “Here, here is a little bit of information, now you examine and discover different things about that information. You play a game and argue with your partners on the correct answers and stand up for your positions.” I have never felt as confident in my teaching and my students as I do this year. Not passing out textbooks opened up a whole new world for me. The only problem is, is that we are getting in trouble for making too many copies on the copy machine. While I don’t give out “worksheets” per se, most of these activities and games I give them have handouts or game pieces that I have to make copies of. In order to do the “net activity” today, I had to make two hundred copies for all of my classes. Oh well, they can just find the funding somewhere. Cut the budget from something that doesn’t go straight to the students. Educational funding is a whole other topic for me. Anyway, super great day! No homework, we will be finishing up our nets on Monday.