Student Created Which One Doesn’t Belong

Towards the end of the year, I had a few days left with my seniors. Since we had been doing Which One Doesn’t Belong in warm ups each week and I had stumbled across what Mary Bourassa did with her students (look here and here for her thoughts), I thought it would be fun and interesting to see what they came up with. Here’s what I did with my students:

Day 1 –

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We went over what made a good “Which One Doesn’t Belong.” Rather than providing them the exact WODB I chose, I had them either sketch or write what each option was. Some of them we did as a whole class, others they filled out the tables in their small groups and then we discussed them as a class. It took about 40-45 minutes to go through all 7.

Day 2 –

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We worked through some of the incomplete sets using the same tables I used with them the previous day. We looked at what all three had in common first, then we started to look at what each pair had in common to determine possible 4th items. If I were doing this again, I would not have the trigonometry example second – it was the most difficult for my students to work with.

Days 3 and 4 –

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I gave the students the assignment above. For some of them, they finished the first day. For others, it took them into the second day (either because they were stuck or the creation process of the items took a while). A completed one looks like:

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I really wanted them to do the charts so as they were coming up with items, they could see if something did not fit. Towards the end of the fourth day, I had students do a gallery walk with a post-its to offer commentary – I told them to focus on something they saw differently than the creator and to check to see if they were accurate. There was enough time for students to adjust their creation before turning it in if there was a mistake (although, surprisingly, many of them left it rather than try to fix it). I think I would have given some other guidance before the gallery walk because I didn’t feel like they made helpful comments.

Here are some of my favorite WODBs (only – no charts).

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It was a worthwhile activity. I thought they did a nice job looking for good choices and some of them really tried to make them a little challenging.

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