This week at Spearfish middle school, we learned more from mini lessons than we ever would've hoped. We learned a large variety of things about cells through games, such as nucleus soccer and an oobleck relay. All though, at first, these may seem completely unrelated to cells, Mrs. Wangeman's 6th graders found their brains being loaded with wonderful new facts about the wonderful world of cells.
Robert, Isaac, Gabe, Cameron, Killian and me, Kieren, taught about the nucleus with a totally unplugged new form of soccer. Teams were asked questions trivia style. If they got it right, they would have a chance to shoot for points. The farther away from the goal the team member was, the more points they would get. In the end, the "Tree Stumps" were the victors were each awarded one eraser.
Alison and Taytum created a fun game to teach about mitochondria. Each team of three was given a bag of oobleck to sift through and find little pieces of food and energy. These would be distributed into plastic buckets to symbolize mitochondria distributing energy and food throughout the cell.
Another interesting learning experience was a lesson by Leith, Alex and Bridger. Everybody in the class (except two people) formed a circle and linked arms.. The two people that did not make the circle got inside and were given the goal of breaking out. This was easy at first, but as we got tighter together, it got harder to break out. Eventually, it became completely impossible for the two kids to break free of their prison. This fun activity symbolized the cell wall holding organelles inside of itself.
There were so many great lessons that I would never be able to tell you about them all. All in all, it was another great week at spearfish middle school.