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?
After weeks of reading logs, finishing books, and working on projects the students finally got to present their work to their peers. Check out some of the beautiful projects.
While reading Hoot we learned about the "Mother Paula's Pancake House" propaganda. We took time to learn about what propaganda is and where we can find in everyday advertising. After taking a closer look at the types of propaganda such as bandwagon, testimonials, and name calling, the students each created their own advertisement to save the Burrowing Owls on the Mother Paula's Pancake House property. Check out some of this creative advertising.
Let's apply what we've been learning in a game. A twist on connect four allowed the students to find ratios and compete against their classmates.
In honor of Thanksgiving, the students were able to help some dancing turkeys escape in a "Breakout EDU" online escape room activity. The activity required the students to collaborate, communicate, use creativity, and use critical thinking.
We had a special visit this week from two gentlemen, here is what the students thought...
"My favorite part was learning about the history of the actual music." - Max Poirot
"They introduced us to new music and showed us where our music today comes from" - Marina Deason
"The guys were really funny!" - Eli Phillips
"I liked how they shared with us how a single song can be passed down by families." - Emma Parkinson
"The assembly was really fun. It was really interesting to see how music from a long time ago became our music today." - Erin Smeltzer
Highlights from the Trip shared by the students....
"I thought the field trip was interesting because it showed ancient civilizations that aren't here anymore. It was neat because we were able to see things that were preserved for hundreds of years. It was crazy to think about how they were actually things used by people in those times not just artifacts." - Dylan Balcer
"I liked looking at the artifacts and thinking about a point when they were actually used or worn." - Erin Smeltzer
"I liked how all the stuff was still together after all of these years." - Michaela Bianchi
"We were able to see a person who was mummified by the earth which was really cool to see. We also saw a young kid who was mummified. I liked seeing the Egyptian Sphinx and learning about how it’s faced was destroyed. We also got to walk around the African exhibit, which I thought was really special." - Aidan Giangreco
"I thought it was Interesting how real mummies were on displayed, not just a skeleton of a dead person. The crystal ball was really cool to see how people flip upside-down when you look through it. The sphinx was also really cool to see it in-person and learn about the cats body and a human head." - Ava Lawrence
This week I challenged the students to become word problem problem solving experts. They were challenged to solve some real world world problems, make up their own real world word problems, and create a "How To" Guide to solve word problems. They were able to work with or without another students' help, tackling the challenge however they felt most comfortable. The students created some really beautiful guides to present to their classmates and some fun word problems to challenge their classmates to solve. Let's hope we now all feel a little better about taking on real world word problems. See a few student samples below.
This week we met with our buddies, Mr. Ferrante's second grade class, to work on an art project to be auctioned off at the Silent Auction November 18th. We split up around the the media center with a buddy or two from second grade to work on the project. The students got to work on teamwork, collaboration, and leadership while working with their buddy. Take a look at the beginnings of a larger project. We will be combining pictures of dogs and cats to create a collage of all the student's creations.
While preparing for our math quiz this week on fractions the students played a variety of fraction related games to work on adding, subtracting, multiplying, and dividing with fractions. The students played connect four, memory, and worked on word problems together. Why not make reviewing for a quiz fun?