edu180atl: anna goeppner 11.8.12
Last night, while lying in bed, I was thinking about how I learn the best. I couldn’t figure out the answer. I was absolutely stuck. Little did I know that the next day the answer would present itself to me in science class. When we walked in, everybody was buzzing with chatter. There were multiple cups of different colored M&Ms on the table and, of course, the class was tempted to run up and eat some M&Ms, but we held back and endured a short science lesson first. Then, all of a sudden, Dr. Martin revealed that we had an exciting activity coming up.
We were all given a picture of an animal or plant. I was slightly disgusted to find out that my picture was of a slimy looking earthworm slithering in the dirt. Then we all congregated in the center of the classroom. Because my earthworm was a decomposer, I was put in the back of the room along with three other people. Dr. Martin turned toward us and instructed us to walk around the classroom as the other students exchanged their different colored M&Ms to represent the energy pyramid in different ecosystems. The sun gave candies to the plants…the plants gave to the herbivores…the herbivores gave to the omnivores and carnivores…the omnivores and carnivores gave to the apex predators…who finally gave to us, the decomposers!
After this activity, I learned my true learning style. I realized that I am most definitely a hands-on learner and will use that information to help me study and learn for the rest of my life. Now I know that whenever I have trouble understanding a concept, I can turn any study guide or resource into a hands-on experience to help me understand.
About the Author: Anna, fifth grader at The Walker School, enjoys ice-skating, reading, and playing with her dog, Lilo. In her spare time, she bakes, studies, and thinks.