A Home for Humphrey:
This model eliciting activity is based on the book The World According to Humphrey by Betty G. Birney. In the story, Mrs. Brisbane's class spends a fun filled school year with their class pet, a hamster named Humphrey. In this MEA, Mrs. Brisbane needs the students' help getting Humphrey ready for the summer. First, the students need to design a cage for Humphrey and create a shopping list of all the supplies he will need to make it through the summer months. Then they need to sort through all of the applications Mrs. Brisbane receives to choose the best summer home for Humphrey the hamster.
Best Vegetable Garden:
The students will make a map of a garden, which will show 5 different kinds of vegetables that could be planted and how many plants of each kind. Then they will change one vegetable plant for two herbal plants and resubmit the map of the garden.
Canopy Sloth Enclosures MEA:
In this MEA, students are asked to rank four enclosures for a new sloth exhibit at the city zoo based on a given set of data. Only one enclosure can be chosen to be built for the new exhibit.
To Squish or Not to Squish the Ant:
This MEA teaches students how to collaborate with their classmates to solve the problem of removing ants from their playground. They have the opportunity to analyze and compare data sets to clarify, explain and defend their findings in a written letter to the client. In addition, the lesson provides an opportunity to reinforce respect for all living things.