We got our notebooks set up, starting with some basics like our Class Rules and Procedures. Then we talked about our Class Norms. This was an interesting conversation. It seems that the kids know how they should act in Target, and carry through with it most of the time. I was a bit surprised that they ALL said "Doing your best" or some version of that was the most important. Hmm...I want to see that one put into action starting next week. A few of them consistently do their best work, but some just do the minimum to get by. I hope we can turn that around with some exciting units and books this year!
We worked together to develop our collaboration and problem solving skills while we solved the "Cup Stack Challenge". Check out the fun below:
We started our new book for the semester, The Fourteenth Goldfish. It's a wonderful story about a middle schooler discovering her love of science and learning what's important in her family. There's also a mystery, so that's super fun! Check out the Author Interview with Jennifer Holm.
We don't have copies of this book for the kids. It is available on Amazon for $7.99 in hardback and Kindle editions and also used for a bit less. I'm sure Barnes & Noble carries it too. It may be available in the school library also.
Unit Study: InVenture Challenge
We kicked off our new unit with a great video about "Famous Failures". Then we talked about inventions and the quote, "Necessity is the mother of invention." The kids are already excited about this unit and are thinking of ideas for possible inventions. Look for more information coming soon, after I attend the InVenture Challenge training at Georgia Tech on August 26th. I can't wait to see what these amazing kids come up with for inventions!
We refreshed our mindfulness practice with an old favorite, "4-7-8 Breathing". Check it out and maybe try it yourself after a long day at work!
HW: Edmodo-What makes Ellie think the teenager is her grandfather?"
Until next week,