We started by using this awesome idea I saw on Pinterest. My kids loved doing this for vocabulary instead of writing definitions.
I have seen several lessons using food online. I thought this would be awesome, but looking at my class numbers, over 100 students total, and my budget, it just wasn't going to work.
So, I created this lesson. Click to get for free.
(sorry for the glare)
The activities were very successful. The first day was tough, but they were similar, so the second activity went much smoother.
The next part of our unit included rotations. We included some review concepts so students could work independently. In reality, I don't think that went very well. We are still in the midst of them though. Time will tell. We are completing 20 minute rotations, which in reality have turned into 15 rotations. We get through two a day with warm up and reviewing homework. What it has done is make the classes fly by.
What I am really enjoying is meeting with each student in small group. One of the rotations is "Teacher Table". We are working on problem solving together. This has been great. These are how they will be tested.
I will admit. It's been trying at some points, but I feel that the kids are getting great practice and that is what they really need. I just wish I had more time. Don't we all though?
My partner and I decided, we'll do it again. We have a few things to adjust, but we know this will benefit our students.