Weekly Tribes 2019-2020: What’s in Your Wallet for Academic Content

This excellent idea comes from Cindy, a teacher in B.C. Canada:

Using the basis of “what’s in your wallet”, I would use this strategy when doing Literature Circles. I could change the title to “Character Wallets”: If you found a wallet, what would be in it? This would, of course, depend on whose wallet it was. For this assignment, you will be creating a wallet, including contents, for a character from your novel. Each wallet must contain:
– 1 piece of ID (birth Certificate, driver’s licence, etc)
– 1 membership card
– 2 gift cards
– 2 credit cards
– 2 photographs
– 3 receipts
– 2 options/your choice

Each item in the wallet must be related to your novel and demonstrate your understanding of the novel and the characters. Make use of your inferring skills. Think outside the box. How can you show the agreements when completing this assignment?

Original Strategy: What’s in your wallet?
• What’s with you? – Students pick something they are wearing and talk about how it helps
to describe them…”I’m wearing this shirt that I got on my vacation to…”
• What would be in (literature character or historical character’s) wallet or pocket?
• What do you need in your wallet to be…job or career
• What would you like to have in your wallet, and why? (If it is money, then ‘how would you
use it to better someone’s life?’)

How about Math or Science or Social Studies?

Math:  Choose a number example:  50, then write it’s

  • factors
  • at least 5 random multiples
  • application to real life (as in when would you want or need 50 of something?)
  • meaning (as in what can ’50’ means in math…as a percent, decimal, equivalent fraction)

Social Studies:  Choose a pertinent figure in history or even an event and designate 4-5 contents/requirements that detail the person or event.

Science:  same as Social Studies?!