The students were more than a little surprised when I told them that they were going to be challenged on Wednesday. They tried to guess what the challenge was and were not able to guess that their day was going to revolve around Oreo cookies.
I registered the class for the cookie stacking challenge being offered by a teacher's website. This challenge is open to classes around the world and once we were done, we visited, through the means of technology, a classroom in Shanghai, where a class learning to speak English, also stacked cookies.
First, we all made a prediction as to how many cookies we thought we could stack....
..and then, ever so carefully, each student tried twice to make the biggest stack of Oreo cookies they could! It was both nerve-wracking and exciting at the same time!
Just when a student thought they were doing well, the cookies would take a tumble!
Don't you love the look of concentration?
Even the smile of defeat tells a story!
Don't worry! The cookies from the challenge were all thrown away. I had some fresh cookies stashed away, both original and golden, so that the students could use their five senses and decide which one they liked better. They then wrote their first opinion piece, supporting their stand using three ideas that they had learned through their taste test! The day was a sweet success!