Well, the jury has deliberated and the results are unanimous. After much discussion and debate the class has agreed that Kendra and Vera had something to do with Felix’s murder. Seven out of eleven of the students also think that Felix isn’t really dead and somehow got Kendra and Vera to join in with him to stage his own death!
BUT, we have a problem. The students had a lot of trouble getting evidence to back up their theory. Many could generally say why they came up with their theory, but kept getting confused when asked questions about the other evidence. SO, we actually HAVE HOMEWORK this week.
I think what the students really needed was to spend some time putting the pieces of the puzzle together. I told them what they needed to do was write a story about what happened that day, using as much evidence as possible. I told them there would still be questions left unanswered (which is very common in real life), but for the most part our most important pieces of evidence should be included in their story. I offered them any notes or worksheets we used in class to take home in order to help them. Just in case some students still need reminders, here is a list of the tests we conducted in class. (All of them are familiar with the results.)
Gearing up for Ecology
After we share our theories at the beginning of class next week we will be taking a walk outside to our area of study for our Ecology Unit. If there is time the students will be making a map of the area. Here is a list of things that students should have: