Well, I thought I'd try and see if I could post here. I think this will work!
I was hoping some of you would share some experiential, hands on, FUN activities you do with GED learners. I feel like I'm getting stuck in a rut and doing book work all the time. I'd like to shake things up a little in the new year. Any suggestions?
Thanks a million!
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Hands on GED teaching ideas?
One of my favorite hands-on activities is "Shopping Math." I use our local free newspaper advertisement section and play money. I give the student enough money to purchase a variety of food products advertised that week. I ask the student to plan a meal or two from the foods that are advertised and calculate the cost. (Decimals - addition/multiplication) Then I ask them to determine the correct change they would receive. (Decimals - subtraction) For higher level learners - I ask them to calculate the sales tax on taxable items. (Percentages - multiplication) This activity has worked well with many of my learners. They are comfortable using money and the math is "real" rather than just numbers on paper.
Julie Kolodji, Mora ABE
I've had fun doing some simple hands on science experiments. One is to do something with the concept of respiration. Have students take some yeast, some sugar, and some warm water. Put it in a ziploc bag (this is important) and watch the bag expand as oxygen is created. I know there are lots of basic, simple science experiments on the web that require everyday materials and aren't that messy.