I was teaching the kids how to order and compare common fractions and mixed numbers - you know, finding the lowest common denominator and what-not.
Using our co-operative learning approach, I gave the kids an opportunity to move around and take in some oxygen. I asked them to hide under their tables when they had finished their work, and then crawl out and curl into a ball, imagining they were little seeds. Next, I walked around and watered the child-seeds by sprinkling real water droplets on them (using a drink bottle). They found this interesting indeed.
Then I told them to start growing into beautiful flowers as soon as the music started. And so, I played ‘Thunder Road’ by Bruce Springsteen (see, Treasurer Swanny is onto something), and my child-seeds began to move and sprout arm-stems and they slowly bloomed into beautiful flowers.
And you know what? This is the stuff they will remember.