You see, it turns out that 12-year-olds need considerably more guidance with stick and paste than I had anticipated.
I figured I'd just show them my brilliant sample, give them the necessary materials, and away they'd go...
Alas... instead we got this:
As I leafed through the allegedly finished products after they left, I beheld pieces glued on the wrong sections, clearly marked tables not cut out, but rather simply pasted on with all kinds of corners sticking out...
The biggest challenge, actually, was taping the two folders together. Many of the students couldn't seem to wrap their heads around how to do it. The result was that several of the folders simply didn't fold.
One could create a ratio table on the number of correct:incorrect labels that resulted from Ms. Teschow's apparently not so clear instructions.
Ahhh, but I am learning the benefits of rotary already -- tomorrow's class will get MUCH clearer instructions, lol!
PS -- here is the math problem we solved together to illustrate and introduce the 4-step problem solving model. Some of the students added extensions such as "how much with tax?", etc.