Well here it is! One of my best moments of stumbling onto curriculum. I would first and foremost like to thank Delano Pauw. He is the creator of all the media and the toppling artist; I just happened to find him on youtube. Check out his channel
. He really is amazing, and with a quick e-mail he gave me Raw footage, dimension shots, and estimates. All from way off in the Netherlands (this interweb thing is so cool!).Without Further Ado, here is the domino spiral (now featuring sound).
Act 1 - The Spiral
Based on twitter results the most natural question to ask is how long will it take for all the dominoes to fall? That is what this WCYDWT is based on.
Act 2 - Dimensions and Time Measurements
So here it is, I wanted to make students work for the dimensions a bit. Is this too mean? Anyway these work well!
I will give students a printed copy of the picture from which they can gather the dimensions. Then play the first lap of the spiral to have students get the rate of fall. If you want to make this whole process longer give them dominoes instead of the video and have them come up with the rate of fall from experimentation. If you are physics minded throw this in their face
I am pretty sure I don't understand a single thing in that pdf, but I haven't taken the time to go through it, but it could give some neat extensions.
Act 3 - The Reveal
Here it is, the moment we have all waited for!
Sequels and Extensions
This is the part that I find the hardest. Where can this lesson grow legs. Please give me a hand with making this more worthwhile, but here are some ideas that I have so far.
- How many dominoes of each colour?
- Graph the time of each revolution vs. its radius, find the slope (I don't actually know if this is worthwhile I haven't tried it).
- Switch the variables around and find some bigger domino topples, ask them how many dominoes were used.
They are kind of lame, but like I said I cannot think of any. Delano did speak about the calculations that he had to go through in creating this, maybe he can comment about that, and an extension could be that kids make their own (I am all about building these as a project).
One spot where I am a total n00b when it comes to inquiry and teaching is my question techniques. I want to learn good leading questions that prompt students just enough to get them over hurdles. If you guys could give me some in the comboxes that would be excellent! Here is my start.
- What are we trying to solve?
- What unit will it be in?
- What would make our final time longer or slower?
- How can we determine how fast the dominoes are falling?
Once again, no skills here so I need your help.Enjoy.