Oh, if only I had gotten pictures of my kids doing this activity. It was great.
So here I am, getting observed by my principal and it was the day to review properties of log and exponents. We started off by doing the Speed Dating (Log Properties) activity and I thought it went okay. Noticed halfway through that we needed to review square roots inside of logs and the logic as to why they would have a coefficient of 1/2. After speed dating, I introduced the Around the Room Race.
As I started describing the race, I could see I was losing the kid's attention. But not in the bad way. In the way that they were wanting to get a head start on the race. When I finally was done explaining the instructions (all work must be shown, etc.), I said go and they were off! Every child almost stood up immediately to race to the station.
I loved the enthusiasm and I think it has to do with the fact that they were so confident with the properties (this also showed in the averages on their homework).
Overall, I was very pleased with this activity. I especially loved station 9.... it perplexed a few kids..... But don't take my word for it, check it out!
p.s. I also passed this on to my Algebra 1 teacher so that she could get her kids moving in her class too!
Properties of Exponents Around the Room