We got into the Olympic spirit and stretched our divergent thinking skills by working on a Creative Problem Solving Task: Create a New Olympic Event. The ideas were pretty interesting and VERY creative!
We worked on Stations including: Convergent thinking for our logic puzzles, Divergent thinking in creating a word cloud on Tagxedo, and Affective skills with our Notebook Basics-Class Rules & Procedures. The child worked very independently during our stations. They problem-solved and helped each other as needed. I was very proud of their 3rd grade work-study habits!
We tackled our algebraic thinking with a great video, The Magic Pot. This works on the concept of functions or "Input/Output" as the kids call it. After watching the video, the kids practiced with a simple Input/Output rule of x2. So, everything put into the machine is multiplied by two. Then they created their own "Magic Pot" with a sample Input/Output table and a "Mystery Rule". We went around and guessed everyone's rules. You can see their "Magic Pots" outside our Target classroom.
We read some of the first chapter From the Mixed-Up Files of Mrs. Basil E. Frankweiler. The kids LOVED it! We'll be reading some each week. Thanks to those who ordered from Scholastic, I'll be submitting the order Friday, August 26th. Also, some of the kids checked the book out from our Media Center. Great idea!
There are a couple of options, if your child still needs a copy of the book:
Check it out at the Media Center or Public Library (This would get us through some of the semester) OR
I have set up a class order on Scholastic, so we can get the books for $2 each. Our class code is: GLKW8. Just order your book, paying by credit/debit card online.
First Time Ordering Online?
- Go to scholastic.com/readingclub
- Enter our one-time Class Activation Code.
- Shop and submit your child's book order.
- Your books will be delivered directly to the classroom.
HW: Send a message to me on Edmodo (to practice using our new tool)
Until next week,