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Offline wowsunho

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a warm up activity for cause and effect lesson
« on: September 22, 2008, 11:14:43 AM »
I found out an interesting picture which could be used for an warming up activity for introducing the relationship between cause and effect. One of my colleagues showed some interest in it. So, I just post the material I used in my class. You can see the URL at the bottom of the page. 
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Re: a warm up activity for cause and effect lesson
« Reply #1 on: September 22, 2008, 11:30:39 AM »
 ::Good one!

Actually, Rube Goldberg is very famous for these kinds of crazy, complex devices to do simple things.

I definitely agree that this could be great for cause and effect.  In fact, it could be fun to have students design their own--perhaps in an ESL class where the students also have a heavy science focus.  The writing assignment would be the instructions to build the machine, and they'd also have other students build from their instructions.  If the instructions (and design) are good, the machine will work!

Here is a wikipedia page about Goldberg:

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Rube_Goldberg

Also, Purdue University has had a Rube Goldberg contest for years.  Here is a video of a recent contest to make a really, really complicated hamburger!

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=q8DjQ2DXs7s

And here is a link to a PBSkids site where you can work on your own Rube Goldberg machine:
http://pbskids.org/zoom/games/goldburgertogo/vsniff.swf

And an associated PBS site about building such machines:
http://pbskids.org/zoom/games/goldburgertogo/realworld.html
I found out an interesting picture which could be used for an warming up activity for introducing the relationship between cause and effect. One of my colleagues showed some interest in it. So, I just post the material I used in my class. You can see the URL at the bottom of the page. 

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Re: a warm up activity for cause and effect lesson
« Reply #2 on: September 27, 2008, 02:50:09 AM »
Rube Goldberg machines can be a great way to gear up and get things rolling at the beginning of the semester.  Also, they can be great for teaching process writing to basic and intermediate students.

Depending on how much Rube Goldberg turns your crank, you might even consider dropping by Toys R Us or checking out amazon.com for the old classic "Mouse Trap" board game.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mouse_Trap_(board_game)

As you can see, Wowsunho's message is really starting to create a domino effect.
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Re: a warm up activity for cause and effect lesson
« Reply #3 on: September 27, 2008, 09:11:05 AM »
To Shawn:

Booooo, Boooo, a thousand times boo!!!!    :tasmanian devil :frankenstein
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Re: a warm up activity for cause and effect lesson
« Reply #4 on: September 27, 2008, 01:49:12 PM »
I apologize if I offended, Dr. Sadler.  I was just trying to wind you up.
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Re: a warm up activity for cause and effect lesson
« Reply #5 on: October 28, 2008, 10:15:11 PM »
Along the lines of Rube Goldberg machines, here's another YouTube video, made by Honda.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uyN9y0BEMqc