We hit the ground running with Hands On Equations. They kids are definitely picking up steam with their algebraic thinking, now that they're warmed-up and ready to move ahead!
We opened our unit work with a fun improv game called, "Alien, Tiger, Cow". The kids really liked it and got good at it pretty quickly. Then we moved to learning about theme in literature and movies with a BrainPop video and game. Following that, we worked to summarize the main points of a scene from Romeo and Juliet, both the original version and a modern version of the same scene. The kids will work in small groups to do their own take on this scene next week.
We started some goal setting lessons with a video called "Seize the Day". The kids even sang along a bit, pretty neat stuff!
The kids really enjoyed these two chapters, especially the discussion where we explored why the United States becomes involved with some wars that don't directly impact our country. The kids asked some insightful questions and made some powerful connections between the war in Afghanistan and the Vietnam War, while touching a bit on the Korean War. I love the way they really jump into these deep topics!
HW: Edmodo-Brainstorm a topic for our R & J scene.
Until next week,