How to Use Fidget Spinners in the Classroom
By now I'm sure the fidget spinner craze has made it's way to your classroom. Perhaps you are enjoying your summer break right now hoping to not come in contact with another spinner EVER or at least not until school starts up again.
However, if you are like me, you have been looking for as many ways as possible to turn these fidget spinners into motivating learning activities. Here are just a few of the activities my students completed this school year with fidget spinners.
As an end of the year project my students designed their own fidget spinners. They calculated the cost of their fidget spinners, priced, and marketed them by creating advertisements and commercials.
Our last writing unit was persuasive. Students wrote a persuasive piece about whether or not fidget spinners should be allowed in school. Before writing students read an article explaining both sides, and they examined the pros and cons of having fidget spinners at school. Students used graphic organizers to plan out each paragraph, which helped to scaffold the writing process. You can learn more about this persuasive writing unit by clicking HERE or by clicking on the image.
Our final math unit was data and graphing. Students used data to analyze the effect of fidget spinners on students' productivity and accuracy in the classroom. Students took a timed fact fluency test with fidget spinners, and then again without the spinners. Students analyzed and graphed their results. Our class results showed that fidget spinners decrease student productivity and accuracy. I'm sure you're not surprised! To learn more about our experiment click HERE or click on the picture.
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