My students arrive in 75 minutes. On the first day of class we begin by with a scavenger hunt as both a means of introduction and a way for me to see how much they “know” about the curriculum they will one day teach. Here are the rules and the questions.
- Begin by reading the questions and writing in any answers you already know.
- Walk around the room and find someone to confirm your answers and/or provide answers you do not know. Have that person initial next to the question.
- Remember that one person may not supply more than two answers on your paper.
- Sit down as soon as your hunt is completed.
FIND SOMEONE WHO CAN . . .
- Define and give you an example of opportunity cost.
- Name the "Father of the Constitution."
- Name the most highly valued barter item in Colonial Virginia.
- Tell you who Christopher Newport was.
- Name two important figures in the Harlem Renaissance.
- Name the five regions of Virginia.
- Tell you the difference between latitude and longitude.
- Name two things George Washington Carver was famous for.
- Tell you about Werewocomoco.
- Name the five oceans of the world.
- Draw and name the parts of a light wave.
- Name the components of soil.
- Describe the difference between the waxing and waning phases of the moon.
- Tell you the required components and products of photosynthesis.
- Name the eight planets in order from the sun.
- Tell you what a dichotomous key is.
- Explain why it is hotter in the summer than in the winter.
- Name four nonrenewable energy resources.
- Tell you the difference between weathering and erosion.
- Name the five kingdoms of classification.
- Name the six types of simple machines.
How did you do? My students will be moaning and groaning, cheering every so often, and then wondering how they’ll ever learn/remember it all. We’ll spend the semester thinking about these topics and more, while we explore the best ways to teach them. You can be that books (and I don’t mean textbooks) will play some small role here.