...as they had laid on quite a spread. But the reason I mention it is a) because my fifth graders are awesome, and b) because it reminded me that I took some pictures a couple of weeks ago of fifth grade in action.
We were doing a new review activity I made up, called:
in which students will review key expressions. Their usual class team is divided into two pairs:
with a divider between them so they have to talk to one another. One pair will decode the message by using a decoding sheet (a one-time pad)
while the other pair write the message the decoders tell them to on a whiteboard. There is a time limit indicated by the fuse along the bottom. which ends with a bang. I also stuck on the Mission Impossible theme for heightened pressure.
As you can see in the shots below, they really found it an interesting challenge, and even the most passive students found themselves participating.
I'm going to do this again, and I'll also make one using a tomb-robbers theme with hieroglyphic symbols.