In Mrs. Greer's 6th grade class, we took rolls of toilet paper and found the surface area of the paper in the roll. Students came up with several strategies to do this. After we found the surface area of each roll we calculated to see how many rolls we would need to entirely cover the gym floor. (54). Then we found how many rolls we would need to cover our classroom...4 walls, floor and ceiling...(98).
The 4th graders worked hard all week to stay caught up with their assignments, and we're rewarded with "Extreme Musical Chairs!" When the music stopped, and before they could sit down, they had to perform various activities listed on cards that were taped to their chairs. They did things like, "Do 10 jumping jacks," "Name five adjectives," or "Say three nice things to the person next to you." They had a blast, and didn't even realize they were learning!