Thursday, May 12, 2016

Another fun week of mini lessons with Mrs. Wangeman

   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.
 

6 comments:

  1. The cell is one of the most amazing building blocks ever designed! I love the hands on activities your science class does to help you learn the parts of a cell and the function. What did you learn about the cell that you didn't know before your various games/experiments? Jodi Johnson

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    1. Before the mini lessons were taught, some of us were even unsure what a cell was. WE learned more than any of us would have guessed. We now know the names and functions of most of the organelles, and even if they are from eukaryotic or prokaryotic cells!
      -Kieren

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    2. We learned a lot about the cells that we have never learned before. Some things that we have never knew about the cells before we did all the activities are, the cell membrane, the nucleus, and the organelles. Mrs. Wangeman has helped us learn about the cell and its parts.

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  2. Do you find the hands on activities help you retain more information then just testing and discussion?

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    1. That is definitely true. Mrs. Wangeman seems to have a habit of teaching hands on, and this helps us to learn way quicker.
      -Kieren

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    2. What I also wanted to add, from me, Shayla, Is that the hands on activities are very helpful

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