Each child gets a Geo-Board and a pile of elastics and finds a quite spot in the room
Students are given a list of instructions
1.Make a right angle triangle
2.Make a triangle with an obtuse angle
3.Make a triangle with three acute angles; What type if triangle is this?
4.Make a Scalene triangle; why is it Scalene?
5.Make a quadrilateral with four equal angles; what shape is this?
6.Make a quadrilateral with two sets of equal angles; what shape is this
7.Make a quadrilateral with two obtuse angles; what shape is this?
8.Make a quadrilateral and two triangles and have them overlap; how many shapes can you now notice?
When each step is finished, students bring their geoboard to the teacher and check their answer
Teacher tracks progress of each student on a table (with whatever grading scheme you use)
For those who finished quicker, play time!
I felt this went well today, and as a teacher, I got to know exactly who knew what, and where they need to work. It gave me all the data I need. Also, it was fun, low stress, and the kids thought it was a game, not a test.
Am I being naive and idealistic? Do we need to prepare kids (elementary aged kids, mind you) for high pressure tests that will face later in life (maybe)?
I say no. How about you?