Sarah Kong | Tue, 10/08/2013 - 12:43
Want ideas for this year's theme: The AniMOLE Kingdom? Visit www.moleday.org or visit the facebook page National Mole Day Foundation Inc.
There are so many fun ways to celebrate with your class. One of my favorites was building an acetylene cannon and shooting stuffed moles students
had made in previous years. Just remember to alert the school so they know what the loud noise is coming from! Happy October 23 to all!!
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Mole of the Year Award
I need to mention that Sarah received the Mole of the Year Award a few years back! I would love to see a picture of that, Sarah!
Mole Day celebrations
I am a distance ed teacher, so all of our Mole Day celebrations are on-line. About 1 month before Mole day, I spend the day making Mole-asses cookies (I got the cookie cutter from the Mole Day website), whipping up batches of icing, and then packaging up 40 boxes of cookies, icing, and face tattoos to my students far and wide. On Mole Day, we get together in our virtual classroom, and after the students decorate the Mole-asses cookies with the icing I sent them, we play Chemistry games that I have developed over the years to go with the theme. This year, along with playing Mole of Fortune and The Molar Express games, I had a Amimole matching/memory game developed. Always a fun day!
Thanks Dana! You certainly have a unique perspective to share from! I hope you will continue to let us know how you make distance learning work for your students. I appreciate your post!
Mole Day goes the extra mile
Thank you for sharing your fabulous and creative ideas, Dana! I, too, own the Mole Day cookie cutter, but I have never iced the cookies before. What a fun way to bring your class together despite the distance between you.
Mole day games
Here is a link to some images of the whiteboard games I have designed over the years.
My distance students log in by picking teams based on fun descriptions - This year the teams were either "The Pit Moles (Pit bulls)" or "The Mole-den Retrievers (Golden Retrievers)".
I love the Molar Express game - I called it Exo and Endo - similar to snakes and ladders - but the snake that took you down the board was a fire for exo and the ladder was replaced by an melting ice cube for endo. We use online spinners and dice to advance, and I give them fun chemistry questions to answer before they can roll (for example, Which element describes what happens when a bee flies in your mouth? Tungsten. (Tongue stung!)).
And last year's game, similar to Sorry, had the students move pieces around the board. The winner's game piece would "eclipse" the Sun at the end.
Exhausting to put together (especially with all the cookies) but the students really enjoy, and the distance somehow doesn't seem that far. :)
I took a look at your link, Dana! I will try these in my own class. Can't wait!