Today they all participated in the unique Assembly Line Challenge. Some had a little experience with creating assembly lines when they produced their first products. This time i offered a challenge. Each continent was competing for the opportunity to win a trade agreement. I told them I had no work force, only penguins but I wished to produce worry beads quickly and accurately. Each continent was given beads, cut leather strips and about 20 minutes to work out their approach to the challenge. I walked around asking them to explain the process they intended to use. They also estimated the time to produce a set for each table member from 4-10 minutes.
When all beads were placed along with the leather strips in the center of the table and hands were in laps, I called GO! In this video you will see them working hard, using teamwork and cooperating extremely well together. Despite some misteps on the way, they pulled together and each on succeeded.
We now call our worry beads, study beads because the 20 beads represent the 20 vocabulary words on our study guide. The test is next Tuesday. I hope they can help fix our economy! It takes team work.