Convergent Thinking Skills
Since we have new Target student this semester, we took this opportunity to teach/review a type of Logic Puzzle called a "Perplexor". This is a logic puzzle without a grid. The kids caught on quickly and zoomed right through their first Perplexors. We also introduced our other type of logic puzzle-Grid Puzzles. They did well with those too! Our returning students worked on their choice of either a grid puzzle or a Perplexor.
We continued our work on Genius Hour with discussion of our Project Plans, a review of our rubric, and some research time to get started. After conferencing with each student, they seem to be off to a good start! You can check out Project Rubric for more information.
Divergent Thinking Skills
We used our creativity to develop ways to "Escape Detention", just like Donovan did in our novel. The kids were FULL of questions about their potential escape plans. Let's hope they never end up in detention, since they now have MANY ways to get out of it! :)
Algebraic Thinking Skills
Our new Target kiddos got started on our algebraic thinking curriculum-Hands On Equations. This system uses plastic pieces and a mat to allow kids to physically represent and solve algebraic equations. We also use teacher created videos and the Hands-On-Equations app to individualize instruction for our math time. The HOE Level 1 app is $1.99. For more info click: Hands On Equations. This would be a great way for your child to preview, practice, and or review the concepts we'll be working on in class.
It's been a while since our returning Target kids worked on Hands On Equations. There were definitely some moans and groans in the group, but also some excitement--which is great! We got right back into our problem solving with some great algebraic strategies.
We read more of our book, Ungifted. We discovered where the book title came from and that our main character was just selected to attend the Academy for Scholastic Distinction, even though he's really NOT gifted. Hmm...wonder how he'll do? We played Kahoot to challenge our critical thinking skills on the story. Pretty good for the first time around!
\We worked on our collaboration skills with a teambuilding activity, "Truth". It was a cool game, and the kids learned a lot about teamwork and successful strategies.
HW: Edmodo- Project Update
Until next week,