Jena Simms | Wichita Collegiate School | Wichita, Kansas
Students answer questions using prior knowledge. Teachers should give WAIT TIME then allow students to confer about their answer. A scribe writes the answers on a whiteboard. Students get to answer collectively as a teambuilding exercise. Learning together is exciting and fun! Let’s grow our brains!
The question is: what animal is known as being lazy and sleepy–oh, wait wait wait–and sleeps up to 20 hours a day? Think time! Fingers to your brains, bottoms up! Is there more or less than 1 million trees in the Amazon Rainforest? Do bananas grow in the Amazon rainforest? Think time! Bottoms up! You should be conferring, talking about it quietly. You’re gonna write yes or no. What is the highest layer of the rainforest? Think time! Show me your think time. Bottoms up! What animal is known as being lazy and sleeps up to 20 hours a day? Yellow rockstars, tell me. Sloths! Everybody give them a ten finger woo! Question number two: is there more or less than 1 million trees in the Amazon Rainforest? More. More! Everybody give the Blue Jays a ten finger woo! Woo! Nice job. Question number three: do bananas grow in the Amazon Rainforest? Everybody, eyes on Jayhawks: Jayhawks, do bananas grow in the Amazon Rainforest? Yes? Give them a great great great! Great great great! Question number four: I will take two answers on this one. The question is: what is the highest layer of the rainforest? Parrots, what is one answer? Emergent layer! Emergent layer is one! Jaden, what is the other one? Canopy! If you wrote canopy or if you wrote emergent layer you may circle it. The question is: what is deforestation? What is deforestation? Think time! Think about the word, take it apart. Bottoms up! All right, tell me the answer to what deforestation is. Tell us what deforestation is. Destroying the rainforest.