6th grade-suburban-75%+ minority and free/reduced lunch.
I finished this lesson today- it took me three days The plans say 50 minutes but we took about 90. I have a feeling that this is going to be typical.
I probably read the directions a little bit wrong and gave them the first page of set one and the second page for both set one an two. They sorted the items and glued them down, wrote their rules, presented, we debated/discussed, watched the video, talked about the definition, and debated more. It’s a bit modified from the plans but worked better and kept it from turning into a 4 day lesson.
The kids LOVED this activity. They were all in- arguing (in a good way) each item and where it belonged on the chart. They loved the unplugged feeling of cutting and pasting the items on the chart. While they presented their charts and rules, I made a master list. Out of the 23 rules I recorded, I thought these were worth sharing.
- Has to have screens or buttons
- Has to have code in it
- Has to type
- Has to do a task on its own
- Has to have a system in it
- Not something old (I took offense to this ;))
- Let’s you do things from a distance
- Controlled by buttons from a distance
I used the question about which item they felt was the hardest to place, why, and what their final decision was as a Google Classroom question to start class on the last day of the lesson. We had some great discussions about it before watching the video GT send in this forum thread. After the video, we returned to their list, their posters, and some of the items to see if anyone changed their minds about some items. Of course many had, but they found it hard to determine input vs. just pushing buttons and accessing a function of an item (like a microwave). We will keep this discussion going.
Here are some of their posters.