Algebraic Thinking: We extended our evaluative and convergent thinking by creating algebraic equations from word problems. It's not easy at the start, but it gets better once you see how it works. Setting it up was the hard part, not solving the equations!
Focus Study-Law: We enjoyed hearing from a guest speaker, Mr. Bonds, an attorney for Coca-Cola. He told the group about becoming an attorney, what types of work attorneys do, and what in-house counsel means. He shared many interesting stories, little known facts, and answered some great questions from the students about legal matters, Coca-Cola, and being a lawyer. The kids were totally engrossed!
Reading/Communication: We had a HUGE treat, a presentation by Carmen Deedy--author of many books including The Library Dragon. She shared some chapters from books she's currently writing. The kids couldn't wait to hear more! She talked about being an author, and about writing. Mrs. Deedy also told an wonderful story about how she got "hooked" on reading! The kids were hanging on EVERY word!
Novel Study: We managed to squeeze in a few minutes of our novel, Theodore Boone. After hearing the opening statements from each lawyer, the students are split on whether the accused person is guilty or not. Their opinions mirror the opinions of the students in the book. It will be interesting to see which kids figure it out first--the students in the book or our kids. Stay tuned!!!
HW: Please write a Thank you letter for Mr. Bonds. You may include things like: General law information--criminal vs. civil cases, defense counsel, prosecution, plaintiff, defendant; Legal issues relating to Coca-Cola--the Mouse Case, Trade Secrets, Making Deals, Protecting Coca-Cola's patents, International legal issues, Contract law, etc.
See you next week!