To make the challenge a little bit more exiting, I use and adapted version the challenge cards originally created by Liz Larosa on middleschoolscience.com. Instead of just asking students to build a pyramid, they receive a series of challenges to work through at their own pace. Not only does this make the task a little more interesting, it made it so that all students were continuously working even if they were not the first ones to finish a task. The added directions also added a fun element that required students to communicate in non-verbal ways. Rather than giving the groups all challenges at once, I like to award them the next challenge once they can show me that they have complete each task. This allows me to build in more interaction with my students at the beginning of the year.
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