We played a new game called, "24". The object of the game is to use the 4 numbers on each card to make 24 with any/all of the basic operations (+-x/). Many thought the game was VERY challenging, some really liked it. All of the kids realized that knowing their multiplication/division facts would be a HUGE advantage in this game. We will try this game again soon!
We reviewed parts of a mystery and glued a Mystery Story Checklist in our Notebooks. The kids used another organizer with the parts of the mystery story to create an outline for their story. Some of the kids were able to begin writing the beginning of their story in their notebooks.
We also played "The Observation Game". The kids learned that detectives use their senses and their powers of observation when solving mysteries. One half of the class left the room for a moment. The remaining kids each changed 1-3 things about their appearance. The "Observers" came back in and tried to notice what was changed. Then, we switched roles. The kids loved this game.
We read a bit more of our mystery, The Big Bad Detective Agency. The kids created a list of suspects for the story, then matched their list with our detectives from the story. They enjoyed that too!
We used our convergent thinking and math knowledge to solve problems with our Versatiles kits. They put in a good effort and will be ready to tackle Versatiles again soon!
We also learned more from our Weighty Words book. Each week we will be reading stories that use humor and word play to help children understand and remember high level vocabulary words. I tell the kids they're learning college words because these are the type that could appear on the SAT exam. The kids turn their understanding into a visual vocabulary sheet by creating a page that includes the new word, its definition, part of speech and an image that conveys the meaning. I will choose the best work each week to display on our classroom wall as a visual dictionary.
We continued our Mindfulness Practice with "Enchanted Forest". This one is about five minutes long and shares an imaginary story. The kids liked it a lot! It would be good before bedtime to help quiet busy minds.
No HW this week!
Until next time,