Along with a super fun day of tubing, the students got to explore the science behind the fun. The students were each given responsibilities in order to track mass, time, distance, and friction. They were spread out throughout the mountain and the indoor spaces to run tests, gather times, and conduct experiments. Today, back at school, they were able to calculate the average speed of objects traveled at different weights. The calculations also took into account friction and outside forces that might have skewed the data. Check out the fun we had on the mountain!
In order to practice our math facts, the students were able to play a competitive game to test their skills against two opponents. Given 4 numbers the students had to write their own equation to get as close as possible to a goal value. This required students to utilize their understanding of order of operations, parentheses and exponents. Students were also challenged to embrace their cooperative, collaborative, and communicative skills as they worked with their teammate. Check out all of the fun we had!
Although it may have been smelly the students learned about our ability to convert our trash to renewable energy. It was enlightening to hear from some of the engineers of the plant about the chemical process that goes into the steam process. After learning more about the facility the students were able to get a tour to see the equipment for themselves. One of the best parts was actually wearing the hardhats, vests, and goggles.
This past week the students were introduced to topics that they will see in our new book, Hatchet. The students were divided into teams to learn about the Canadian wilderness, survival skills, heart attacks, and more. The students did a great job of presenting their learning to their classmates in a group presentation using Google Slides. The students worked well together and did a great job of communicating their learning.
Ask you student...
Which topic did you learn about?
What was the most interesting thing you learned?
What was something interesting you learned from a different groups presentation?