They rocked this out. We tried this task for about 5 minutes, reflected, changed groups and tried again. The students thought maybe being in groups with people of similar height would make this task easier. We tried just that. Our findings... that was not the case. We will be revisiting this task many times to solve the problem and learn more about how to accomplish such a task.
Comments from the students:
"This is a million times harder than I thought."
"Is it cheating if one person slides their finger underneath and uses their shoe to get the yard stick on their finger?"
"We can pick it up but keeping it up with everyone still touching is way hard."
"I love this but what is the answer to the problem?"
"I'm going to ask my mom, she knows everything."
"I need a different group, they don't listen to me and everyone keeps yelling."
"Why is it moving across the floor and not up in the air?"
Here is a peak into some big problem solving....