We just completed the D&T activity in class and it was fun to see the kids work together and come up with their final hypotheses. To summarize this activity: Students took turns taking words out of an envelope and had to create a story using only those words. They had to work together as a team, brainstorm, and agree on one hypothesis for each section of the activity.
Left Side Activity:
I broke the classes into groups of 4-5 students and each group represented a different country, symbolizing how scientists all over the world work in groups and share their findings with each other. We then discussed the process and how even though we all had the same information, each group processed that information differently. We also discussed how scientists are always getting new information and have to make sense of it. With new information, theories are either updated or thrown out and therefore new theories are made. We also discussed the new findings on a predecessor to T-Rex that was only about 9ft long and had tiny forearms, making scientists rethink their theories about the evolution of T-Rex.
Below are the hypotheses that my groups came up with:
A big fat white dog walked into the little house on the prairie and ate his bone carrying the bowl of red turnips.
The big fat dog carrying his white bone walked into the little house on the prairie and ate a bowl of red turnips.
The white fat dog carrying his little bowl of the turnips into a big red prairie house ate the bone and walked on.
A big fat dog ate the red turnips carrying his bowl of the white bone and walked on into the little prairie house.
His big fat red white prairie dog walked into a house carrying the little bowl of the turnips and ate on the bone.
The big red dog ate fat turnips on a little white house and his bone walked into the prairie of the carrying bowl.
A dog on the little prairie ate his white bone and walked into the big house carrying the bowl of fat red turnips.
Right Side Activity:
Students had to write a 3-5 sentence conclusion/reflection about this activity and then draw a scene from their story on page 13 of their notebooks.
If you complete this activity, please let me know what your groups came up with!