We started off with four activities for the kids to jump into this morning. For convergent thinking, we had a Mystery Logic Puzzle. The kids aced this one, so they're definitely ready for the next puzzle in our Mystery Unit. We also worked on creating a visual vocabulary definition for Felicity. Ask your child what image he/she chose to illustrate the word. We used our critical thinking skills to create word search puzzles using vocabulary from our novel study. The kids will solve each others' puzzles next week. Finally, we recorded our mystery stories using a new technology tool, Flipgrid. I hope you'll check out this project, which is posted outside our classroom. Bring your phone or tablet down to the Target room and click on the QR code to see all of the fun stories the kids shared.
We practiced listening for clues, as we solved the "Backpack Mystery". The kids were able to use the clues from the story to eliminate some suspects, and then find the culprit. The LOVED this activity!
The kids worked on some VERY challenging math problem solvers today, including adding fractions, adding decimals, and elapsed time. Wow! They did a great job!
We practiced mindfulness with a video, "Fear vs. Anxiety". This helps the kids learn the difference between real fear and how our bodies react to anxiety. Then we discussed the strategies we've learned that can help with anxiety.
We also practiced our collaboration, divergent, and convergent thinking skills with a class game of Boggle, and a small group game of Q-Bitz. The kids found so many good words!
We read another chapter of our book and found out what elegant and humble mean. Things are getting interesting in this mystery!
Until next time,