If you read the first post I wrote about Box Factory, then you know about the investigation we finished recently related to volume and surface area.
I think that perhaps one of the most powerful parts of the unit came on the last when each group did a reflection of all that they had accomplished during the unit. I gave them all the posters they had created during our study and asked them to consider these things with their group mates:
They analyzed and discussed, and then went to write their reflections to turn in to me.
It was really great to read about all they’d accomplished during this unit–in their own words. Time after time they mentioned how it was hard at first, but then as they kept trying or as their group mates helped them, they figured it out. They noted how helpful the Math Congress comments were to them, and how these thoughts helped them revise their representations for the next time. They all agreed that this had been a positive experience, and when asked what questions they still had, many said, “When can we do Box Factory again?” 🙂