We are moving right along with our Hands-On-Equations work! Our kids are learning that it's important to use the pieces of the kit, as we get deeper into negative numbers. Some still want to do much of the work in their heads, but they really need to use the pieces until the moves become second-nature. At that point, they will have a deeper conceptual understanding of what is going on with the equations.
We worked in small groups to create modern/unusual takes on a scene from Romeo and Juliet. We have some VERY interesting ideas, and can't wait to see them next week! We also worked on learning more about some dramatic techniques, even seeing a sketch from "Whose Line Is it Anyway?". The kids thought it was super funny and really understood the "narrate" technique the comedians were using. We tried a fun improv activity ourselves, called "Where, What, Why". We'll be doing that one again, since the kids loved it and learned a lot from doing it.
We continued our mindfulness practice with "Why Humans Have Anxiety" and "Progressive Muscle Relaxation". Both were helpful to the kids, especially those that worry a lot! We also continued our work on goal setting by analyzing the "Seize the Day" song lyrics and then making connections to our own lives. It was a little deep, but the kids found some good take-aways.
We read a chapter in our novel about the cracks in life. The kids worked hard to identify as many cracks in the room as possible (fluency) and also used critical thinking to analyze why the characters donated the items they did.
HW: Chapter 9 Exit Slip
Until next time,