We continued our coding work with a deeper look at algorithms and how precise directions help in all sorts of tasks from cooking, to coding, to even building a paper airplane. The kids really enjoyed trying different to create different types of planes using various sets of directions. This ability to follow step-by-step directions is VERY important in learning to code. After working on this skill using Code.org lessons, the kids practiced their programming with a Robot Mission. They made the robots move on the floor in a triangular pattern. Most of them were so successful with that Mission, that they tried other types of tasks. It was amazing to watch them experiment and problem solve! Good stuff!
We worked a bit more on algebraic thinking today with Lesson 2 from Hands On Equations. The kids are using a "Guess and Check" approach to solving for the variable in some simple equations. Next week, we'll learn a new strategy that works much better than "Guess and Check".
Our logical thinking skills got a work-out with two different types of puzzles: Grid and Perplexor. Some kids really enjoy one more than the other, so we teach both types.
We continued our mindfulness practice with a video about "Anxiety in Humans" and another to practice our relaxation breathing, Clouds. The kids seemed much more focused and relaxed after the videos!
We continued our reading with 3 short chapters in House of Robots. The kids heard first hand what an epic disaster "E's" first day of school was. Imagine...a robot starting a FOOD FIGHT! The kids LOVED it!
HW: Create a scene from the Best or Worst Science Class ever-Draw & Describe it.
Until next time,