April 17, 2014
When we got some money from First Things First, one of the purchases I made for my classroom was a set of “hourglasses”: 1 minute, 3 minutes, 5 minutes, and 10 minutes. The four timers are different colors and prominently display the number of minutes they time.
I set them out in a bookcase under our science table, where the kids could access them at will.
They did and, using all four timers, they’ve come up with their own game. They’ve been playing this game for several weeks, not literally every day, but most days.
They are racing the timers, turning over all four, and then rooting for various colors to “win.” Hmmm. I wonder if I should tell them that the one minute timer will always win if they are all started at the same time.
I don’t think I will. Either they’ll figure it out themselves or, to save their game, which they really enjoy, they’ll figure out a way to handicap the other hourglasses. I kinda hope that’s what they do, don’t you?