Thursday, October 20, 2011

I AM A ...Stand Up, Auditory, Randomly Chosen Students Activity

1.  Have your students stand up.
2.  Have 5 "I am a..." questions ready to ask.  (I have given you a few examples below)
3.  Tell the students that they are not to shout out answers for this activity.  They should think of the answer and be ready to give it when called on.  
4.  Explain to your students that you will be calling students at random for the answer.  Also explain that they will be doing this completely by listening to the question.  They will not be allowed to write out anything.
5.  Give the question and then give the students some "think" time before you call on someone. 
6.  Call on someone to answer the question.  Have them justify the answer.
7.  Call a new person to verify or change the answer.   Do this until you get 2 people in a row to verify an answer. 
8.  Verify the answer yourself and then move to the next question.

It is a great lesson on LISTENING and MENTAL MATH.  It only takes a couple of minutes and the students like it.   You get a high involvement rate because you are being called on at random. This is an activity that I do not assess.  It is also a great review session that breaks up the regular day.  Give it a try and let me know what you think.

All the Best,

See the examples below.

Intro to Algebra Area and Perimeter


Intro to Algebra Fractions

 Precalculus Polynomials


EsperanzaLives said...

Great exercise. I'm going to use these as my "hook". Thank you for the idea.

Janece said...

This for some reason reminds me of the I have who has activity :) very cool

instillnessthedancing said...

This activity will be an excellent transition activity in 90 minute block classes! Getting students on their feet, listening, thinking, and then answering/verifying ... love it!