As we are knee-deep in our inquiries into energy and sharing the planet, we hit the pause button today to sort out and synthesise what we already know.
To do this, students were allocated to small groups of 4 and given a heap of hexagons with unit-related vocabulary. Students then sorted out and arranged the words based on their connections. This had the students engaged for almost an hour, with lots of rich discussion being generated by the vocabulary and their connections between them.
Although we’ve used similar strategies before, this one was quite successful due to the timing of it during the unit, and the shape of the cards. With six sides, the students can have connections to more than one idea. It also built on the work we’ve done in creating mind maps to show knowledge.
As this was the first time we had used this strategy, we paused to reflect on it.
Here are some of the comments:
- “It was fun! We really liked connecting the words together. It a bit challenging when we weren’t sure of the words.”
- “It was like a brain map – it can expand.”
- “We knew a lot. We had lots of ideas for connecting the words, and then when we ran out of our ideas, we thought of the videos we had watched.”
- “This was really good for our communication and group work skills. It tested what I remembered, and it helped me to learn from others in my group.”
- “It’s important that everyone joins in so we can think and make more connections together.”
- “We needed to think of the connections. You couldn’t just randomly put words together.”
Although you can’t see the words in these photos, you can see how the groups were unique in how they made their connections and the ‘thinking path’ they had.