An annual tradition in my district is taking the 8th grade students to Springfield, IL (the state capitol). This is my first year teaching exclusively 8th grade, so I got to go along. We had to be at school at 5:30AM and got back to school at 9:00PM! Those kiddos had an endless supply of candy to eat and energy to burn! It was a long day, but fun. We even got a tour of the state treasure's vault.
The kids seemed to really like the trip-- although they said their favorite parts were the 3 hour bus ride and dinner at The Golden Corral. I guess if I was 13, those might be my favorites too. :)
When we were in the capitol building I took a picture of the inside of the dome. I'm wondering if I can revisit this picture during a math lesson. We have a unit coming up about transformations (rotations, reflections, translations). I wonder if it could fit in somehow. Suggestions?