We honed our algebraic thinking with some more work on Hands On Equations. The kids were VERY confident with this week's Extra Practice lessons. This is good news, so we'll be ready to move on during our next session.
Red Top Mountain Outdoor Survival Experience:
When we arrived at Red Top, we were met by Ranger Serella and Ranger Amanda. They started out with an exciting story about how our "Plane" crashed and we needed to learn some survival skills.
Ranger Serella taught us how to start a fire using a cotton ball, a little bit of Vaseline, some magnesium shavings, and a flint and steel. It took some perseverance, but all of the kids eventually got their fires started. Check out the photos to see their excited faces!
Ranger Amber taught the kids how to read a compass and use it to find coordinates. They all agreed that using a compass was A LOT harder than they thought it was.
We finished up our Red Top Experience with a Shelter Building session. Some of our shelters even had a porch! The kids had a great time working together to accomplish their goals.
After a picnic lunch, we got back on the bus and headed to school. When we got back to school, we got a package from our Flipgrid Pals at Ford Elementary. They're also studying the Survivor Unit and went to Red Top yesterday. They sent us letters from their Tribes and some peppermint Lifesavers. What a neat treat!
We continued our mindfulness practice. After that, we worked on our collaboration skills by using teamwork to re-create a simple structure only following the directions from one person, without seeing the structure for themselves. They did a decent job, but it was much harder than they thought it would be.
It was a fantastic day!
Until next time,