I had the students face away from me and placed it on their back. Students then had to walk around and ask other students questions. The question could only be a yes or no question such as “Does my rock form from heat?” (They were not allowed to say, “Is my rock metamorphic?”) Just by asking questions the student who is answering has to think about what they know to respond. (What about those students that don’t really know and may mislead someone? I always suggest to my students to ask the same question a few times to different people to be sure – especially if something doesn’t match up.) Once students thought they knew their rock, they had to sit in their chair but not turn it around. After all the students were sitting, I called on students to tell me what their rock was and why they thought so. Then they would have the “big reveal” of turning it around and finding out if they were correct. The students really enjoyed it and it was a fun (and brief) way to review!
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