Today I gave my students unit blocks so we could learn about volume. I gave each table group 20 cubes. I quickly realized that their little hands wanted to play before their little ears were going to be able to listen. So I spontaneously gave them the challenge to build something beautiful in under a minute.
Each group made something totally different. One made a rainbow/reverse rainbow tower. One made the Eiffel Tower. There was a ‘messed up’ house, a rainbow bed and a set of stairs. One minute and they had all made something unique and beautiful. And they were content to then start learning about volume.
As I told them the challenge, one of the kiddos said, “This is why I love you, Mrs. Kirk. Because you let us do stuff like this.”
One minute and they all created in a unique way. That’s exactly why I love each of them.