So, were all the kids working equally on this activity? No, in fact, the whole class was working in groups on an angle of elevation and depression worksheet. I began the activity by saying "hey...let's use trig to find out how far we are from Mt. Diablo! I need three teams to find the angle of elevation." Immediately, my most active kids jumped up and begged to go outside. I gave them a quick refresher on how to use the clinometer and they listened closely. I also told them they had 5 minutes to get the measurement. So, these 6 kids were invested. I started talking about elevation and one student googled it while another argued he just finished taking numerous weather measures in physics and KNEW the elevation was 37 feet. So, we went with his measure rather than the googled elevation. Now two more kids were in. I wondered aloud how we could find the actual distance and quite a few said to google it. Now they are invested...(remember...those who weren't really interested were still working in groups...I have to say...they are really a great group of kids.) It was great having the google map up so they could see the winding roads for driving. At least they could tell the straight distance would be less than 26 miles!