We divided into groups based on our formative assessments last week. Several students have fully mastered the algebraic skills through Lesson 14, which is FANTASTIC! Others have the basic concepts, but have to work on applying these to word problems. Our two new students are zooming ahead and will be making quick process through Hands On Equations Level 1!
We challenged our convergent thinking skills with a more difficult logic puzzle, stumping quite a few! We also worked on figural analogies, which were easier for most. Next, we viewed an video about Empathy and created a Padlet about the topic. We also worked more on our Character Descriptions and analyzing the author's use of humor in our novel.
Aside from finishing up our Tile Design Challenge, we worked quite a bit on Empathy, an important part of the Design Thinking Process. We viewed a book called, The Boy Who Harnessed the Wind. This is the story of a 14 year old boy in an African village, who built a windmill to pump water and generate electricity for his family and neighbors. His actions saved the village from starving during a severe drought and famine. We also watched a Ted Talk featuring this young man, as a 19 year old describing what he did. The kids found him to be VERY inspirational! We discussed how he used empathy to identify and create a useful solution to the problem in his village. We also discussed the character traits that helped him achieve something SO amazing!
Check out some photos below of our learning today:
HW: Venn Diagram "William's Life and My Life"
Until next week,