Next we reviewed Hands-On-Equations a bit before taking a formative assessment of our algebraic thinking skills. This will help us form groups to work on Algebra next week. Our new folks started Hands-On-Equations with Lesson 1. They did great!
We use our problem-solving and collaboration skills by playing a wonderful game I learned at a "Guru Celebration" last Spring. I call it the "Money Game". Ask your child about it. I think they had a good time and learned a bit about collaboration and decision-making.
Later, we practiced our mindfulness skills with a short lesson about Calming Down the Amygdala. This video is a little goofy, but it gets the point across and the kids love it.
We also worked some more on our InVenture unit with a vocabulary game called "I Have...Who Has?". It was more of a challenge than the kids thought it would be. They learned about terms like: Design Thinking, Design Process, Engineering, Reverse Engineering, Prototyping, Ideation, Interview, Define, Analyze, Testing, and Empathy. Later in the day we talked about the difference between Thick and Thin questions to help us get ready for asking questions to begin our Invention Projects. Check out the photos of the game:
Finally, we learned about what the Nobel Prize is and read a bit more of our novel, The Fourteenth Goldfish. We're finding out more about Ellie and her grandfather, who has changed into a 13 year old boy. Crazy stuff!
HW: Edmodo-Write 1 Thick and 2 Thin questions about The Fourteenth Goldfish.
Until next week,