We broke into small groups to begin our work on Word Problems. We used our Hands On Equations to create equations from the word problems and solve them. It is very important to learn the basics at this point, so as the problems become more challenging, the kids understand the key steps in solving these problems.
We worked a bit more on our Survivor Research. The kids concentrated on creating a plan, storyboard, or script for their project. After that, we peer evaluated to make sure all the required items were included--using a checklist. Next week, we'll begin actually creating the project using the plans we've made this week. The kids have some amazing ideas!
We read a bit more in our books. The kids worked on a Thinking Strategy called, "Thinker's Keys-Reverse". Their task was to make a list of 10 items that would NOT help someone survive in the wilderness. It was a much harder task than you might imagine because the kids kept thinking of ways the items could help. Their divergent thinking REALLY came in here!
We continued our work with Encouraging Others by discussing ways to recognize our classmates when they are "Bucket Fillers". We also brainstormed what "Constructive Communication" might mean. We'll do more work with that next week.
HW: Edmodo-Share next steps for Research Projects
Until next time,