What to Do With That Awkward 5 or 10 Minutes of Class You Have Left
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Create fun structured conversations. Give the whole class a sentence stem that they have to fill in themselves, and then make them go find at least 10 different partners to practice it with. The repetition of both speaking and listening will help cement it in their brains, and the not-sitting-in-their-chairs will make it fun.
- "One thing I will remember to tell my future grandchildren about differential equations is _____"
- "I shall uphold the honor of my English teacher, Ms./Mr. _____ and never mix up 'you're' and 'your.' I will remember the difference by _____."
- "I'm going to go straight home and tell everyone on Facebook how the most important thing I learned about cells is ____."
- "If I made a modern-day movie about the Shakespeare play we read today, I would cast _____ as _______ because they are both ______."
Have students face off in Trashketball to decide which half of the class gets dismissed first. For Trashketball, first divide the class into two teams. Each team sends a representative to the front (or you can choose a representative). The representatives are then asked a review question. If the question is answered correctly, the representative's team earns two points. Then the representative has a chance to earn another two points for his/her team by shooting a ball made of trash (see the featured image) into the class trash can from a set distance. Then, a new set of representatives face off. Whichever team is in the lead when the bell rings gets dismissed first.