We got started right away with some divergent thinking in our Hot Air Balloon design, adding in critical thinking with 10 Balloon Facts. We also challenged our convergent thinking skills with two types of logic puzzles-grid & word.
After analyzing the results of our pre-test, we formed groups for Hands On Equations. The kids were ready to jump back into this! They did very well with the first lessons this year!
We watched a video about the parts of the brain, followed by an activity to identify some personal strengths and weaknesses. Then we used those strengths to help with our goal setting in "Tickets for Success". We also practiced our mindfulness with Still, Quiet Place and Listening Practice. In the afternoon, we tried a teamwork challenge called "Raise the Hula-Hoop". The kids mastered that VERY quickly!
We continued our reading in Twenty-One Balloons. At the end of today's reading, we discussed potential problems with hot air balloon travel then and today. We also worked to develop criteria for our "Parade Floats", which we will construct next week.
HW: Edmodo Question
Until next time,