A few days ago I posted details of my whiteboard layout and mentioned “ponders”, these questions or phrases are written up in a corner of the whiteboard and give students something to ponder upon during lulls in the lesson or when they’ve finished an activity.
Sometimes they’re weird facts, or information on what special day it is (19th November is International Toilet day, no laughing matter when you realise that 62% of the world’s population does not have access to safe sanitation).
Here is a slelection for you:
Why should we buy shoes after lunch?
Cows cannot walk downstairs
Koalas sleep 22 hours a day
Hitler, Genghis Khan & Napoleon were afraid of cats
The average woman uses 24kg of lipstick during her life
Our eyes remain the same size all our lives, our ears and nose never stop going
You are 1cm taller in the morning
No piece of paper can be folded more than 8 times
The Velna and Nelba rivers in Poland cross at right angles and their waters do not mix
Most muppets are left handed
The top of the Eiffel tower leans away from the sun
The Romans used urine to clean their teeth
The human nose can remember up to 50,000 smells
Baked beans are not baked (they are stewed)
The most sold item at Walmarts is bananas
The national animal of Scotland is the unicorn
The word ‘oxymoron’ is an oxymoron
Most burglaries take place on Tuesdays
Film stars with an oscar live longer than those without
OK is the most popular word in the world
The black box is orange