Friday, December 9, 2011
Roanoke : Theories need evidence
The students in one of classes that I taught today presented their theories about what happened the "Lost Colony" of Roanoke. I have an activity that asks them to weigh twelve evidence cards against their theory in an effort to see whether or not there are enough facts to support their ideas. They put the evidence cards on a chart that they draw. I have this lesson available at my Teachers Pay Teachers store.
I've done this a lot in the past but this year I decided to use my iPad and Flip cameras to record them presenting their findings. They did a great job with that. They chose to take several takes to get their ideas down straight.
In the process of weighing the evidence, a few discovered that they no longer liked their initial theory, which I think was a great outcome.
Here's a copy of the chart with all of the evidence cards placed on it.