Now that our Personal Project Exhibition is over, I thought the Grade 10s needed something a little different in their advisory sessions. I has an old worksheet with 12 visual riddles on, but decided to find more. I'll have one of these up on my screen every morning as they arrive to home room.
Here's the link (Answers are in the notes!). The presentation has 100 different riddles!
I was lucky enough to spend the last weekend in Washington DC, hopping between museums and galleries. One of the things which inspired me was a card game designed to get people to discuss their ideals, which was playable at the American Museum of History.
There was a table set up with four matching decks of cards (each card has an image on it). In the middle there was a spinner which would select one word when stopped. You were invited to pick out four cards which related to that word, and then share your selections with the other players.
Here are some photos I took at the museum (excuse the quality):
I decided that this would be a fantastic game to play with my students and would stimulate some rich discussion. I remade the game, with the same instructions, but different images (images from PhotosForClass, which have the citation on the bottom). I've also made sure the images are all fairly ambiguous. Link to my presentation here.
InstructionsDo you have shared ideals?
Of course because I am a big IB MYP nerd, I had to make some MYP specific cards! I decided to make another deck, with different pictures, and the ideals replaced with MYP Key Concepts! I would use this for an introduction to the MYP session for students and parents OR for MYP Training for teachers. I changed the rules slightly so that:
Link to Key Concepts Cards here.
Enjoy - let me know if you use this!
I've put together a stand alone research lesson for some of my students, because of two big problems I often face:
I start off by having students brainstorm what sort of questions they should answer to understand their song, (at this point, they don't know what song they have been assigned - so you can start this as a group activity). Then they get the song title and artist and have a few minutes to come up with more questions and assumptions. Then they get given the lyrics, and finally they get given a photo of the artist(s). Only after they have looked at all these, are they allowed to go online to answer their questions.
The lesson will end with students sharing out what they learnt, and then we will listen to a clip from the five songs!
(I basically picked songs I like...BUT also I thought this was an interesting mix. Three have English lyrics, one has Hindi, (with some English) and one in Japanese (with some English). Some are original songs, some are songs made famous by films, (one is in a film from the 70s, then made famous through being in a Wes Anderson film)....Also there are lots of other little extra facts they might find out - for example 'Pon Pon Pon' is the onomatopoeia for clapping, but it also sounds like the Japanese word for bread, so at one point in the video, the artist is clapping, and bread is flying from her hands!
Feel free to use / adapt with songs you like. Also could be useful for a language acquisition class!