your students with an
a friend of yours who is a stranger to your students barge into your
room during a lesson, start to sing loudly (or recite a poem or strum a
guitar), rustle through the things on your desk, take a few items, pat
you on the head and race out.
the class quiets down, initiate a
"what-happened here?" discussion centered on the intruder's looks,
clothes, actions, attitude, demeanor and so on.
two pieces of paper to each
them label one Fact,
the other, Opinion.
the statements and conjectures
the discussion and help the group
to decide into
which of the two
categories they belong.
the lists are reasonably
complete, have half
the class write factual reports of the incident and the other half,
the kids to read their work aloud.
some students will suspect collusion, don't admit to it.
of the lively conversations at dinner that night!