I tricked my third graders Friday. Thursday was our last day of ISTEP testing...for now, but I decided to trick them into thinking that we had forgotten a section and had to make it up. So, when they arrived back to the classroom after lunch, I had ISTEP written on the board. They dutifully sat in their seat ready for more testing. Then I began writing:
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We made plastic bag ice cream. If you have never done this with a class, it is a must. We used it as an opportunity to brush up on following written directions, measuring, and science skills. They loved it! The first time I did this lesson was in college with a group of second grade students. It didn't go so well. As a matter of fact, my professor said something to the tune of, "Well, I bet you'll never do that again!" But, you can't keep me down, I persevered and perfected this lesson. Everyone had yummy ice cream to eat, and it was so relieving to see pure joy and fun in their eyes, after a week of hard work.