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Fun Theory Of Knowledge Lesson To Examine The Role Of Gestures In Language


Today, in our IB Theory of Knowledge class, students had to build free-standing towers with two sheets of paper, a 10 inch piece of tape, ten paper clips, and a scissors — without talking, and complete it in twenty minutes. We were studying what ideas could — and couldn’t — be communicated with gestures.

Afterword, students discussed what ideas were easy or hard to communicate, and if complex ideas required using words.

Here’s a photo of the winning group and their leaning tower:


You can see all their creations at our TOK class blog.

Author: Larry Ferlazzo

I'm a high school teacher in Sacramento, CA.


  1. Were the winners determined only on the height of the structure?

  2. Hi Larry,

    Thanks for sharing this activity. Today I did this with my TOK class and they kids had fun with it.

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