We worked on some convergent thinking skills with a couple logic puzzles, just to get back on track. Then we challenged our critical thinking skills with a non-fiction article about Hot Air Balloons. This included some tough questions. Check it out when it comes home next week!
Later we we dusted off our Algebraic Thinking Skills with a quick review of important concepts from Hands On Equations Level1, followed by a pre-test to check existing knowledge and readiness.
We continued with our Interactive Notebooks by discussing Target Norms and classroom procedures (Start & End of the Day, Absent Work, Hall/Restroom, Attention Signals). Reinforcing these important ideas helps the kids strengthen their organizational, time-management, and socio-emotional skills.
We did a teamwork challenge called "5 Elbows"--a fun movement activity. Check out the photo below!
Our Mindfulness Practice continued with 4-7-8 Breathing. This gives the kids a breathing pattern to use for focusing attention, calming down, or relaxing.
We continued reading from our novel, Twenty-One Balloons. We discussed how to create thorough and complete responses to the higher-level thinking questions we'll be working on during this unit. This reading time allows us to tap into evaluative thinking as well as other critical thinking skills.
We also used our critical thinking skills with our knowledge of longitude and latitude to determine a possible route for Professor Sherman.
HW: Edmodo Quiz
Until next time,