Both our returning students and our new students are ready for harder puzzles, so they are all moving up to the next level! This shows their hard work has improved their logical thinking--very exciting!
I'm impressed with the progress ALL groups are making with Hands-On-Equations! They are really gathering momentum in building their algebraic thinking and problem solving skills.
We read 2 chapters in our book, Ungifted. The kids read the first independently and replied to an exit slip testing their evaluative thinking. Later we read another chapter aloud, while playing a "Ghost" game of Kahoot. This is where the current 5th graders compete to beat last year's 5th grade Target class on the same quiz. They loved it, mostly because they won! :)
They are doing fantastic on their Genius Hour Projects! Almost everyone is making excellent progress and should be ready to present on March 21st! Some may want or need to work on their projects over February Break. That is completely OK! I'll be checking Edmodo, in case there are any questions.
We continued our goal setting by focusing on a particular character trait each student wants to further develop. They completed an index card with the trait, its definition, examples of it in use, and a plan to develop it. Some good work!
We also watched a video, "Calm Down and Release the Amygdala". This explained how the Amygdala is the part of the brain that reacts to stress with the "Fight or Flight" response. The video also gave many ways to calm that response in the face of real fear or perceived stressors.
HW: Edmodo-Genius Hour Project Check In
Enjoy the Break!