We started our day by compiling our Survival Books. It will be fun to take a look through the finished books and see how we did!
Next up was Hands On Equations to stretch our algebraic thinking skills. The kids did VERY well jumping in with familiar concepts from our last lesson. Mason even shared how he used the -x in helping his OLDER sister with her algebra homework. That's so awesome!
We continued our work on collaboration with a lesson called "Magic Carpet Ride". Each group came up with a good plan to solve the challenge, but the kids got a little too excited, so we had to shelve the activity to try again another day--perhaps outside. I liked the creative solution and leadership that I saw. I hope to see more collaboration next time combined with careful listening to each other.
We read more of our book. Sam learned a lot about the winter, the weather, and vitamins and so did we! We're getting close to the end of this book. The kids can't wait to find out what happens at the end! We ended our time with a reflection on what was important about what Sam learned.
We used our mathematical and critical thinking skills to create bar graphs from the data we gathered last week, as we observed the plant and animal life in the Chalker Garden. The graphs turned out well. It looks like the kids have a better understanding of how to create a bar graph now.
During Stations, we used our convergent thinking to solve a grid-style logic puzzle, our divergent and critical thinking skills to complete several different puzzles and riddles, and also completed an experiment about acceleration using our Marble Run Extreme Kit. The kids had a fantastic time working together to create the fastest acceleration using the given pieces.
We ended our day with a few extra minutes outside to enjoy the beautiful weather. These kids earned it with their hard work!
Until next time,