We had so much fun today visiting this website:
If you study Jamestown, this site is wonderful!! It takes the kids through establishing a colony. They have to make decisions based on what they've learned. At the end, it gives an evaluation of the decisions. I let them do it independently using our laptop cart. A lot of them were shocked when their colonists died because they didn't plant enough food. Their faces were hysterical. I let them go through the steps to establish their colony a few times, so they could see which decisions worked best and what the consequences of those decisions were.
It was such a wonderful educational lesson because after our time was up, they couldn't stop talking about what decisions they had made and what the effects of those decisions were. I love when they can't quit talking about school stuff. It was a good teacher moment. Plus I got some papers graded. It was a win win.
And the ultimate bonus: I had a walk through evaluation in the middle of doing this in my morning class. The kids were engaged, I was using technology, and everyone was behaving. The stars were aligned!
Hope you had a great Friday, too!