Brain Booster - Can you solve it? (The students were a bit confused; therefore, we solved this week’s Brain Booster as a class).
Five hamsters - Arnie, Betty, Carl, Debby, and Ernie are learning to go through a maze. Each time a hamster reaches the end of the maze, it gets a pellet of food.
So far, Arnie has gotten four more pellets than Betty; Betty has gotten seven fewer pellets than Carl; Carl has
gotten five more pellets than Debby; and Debby has gotten three more pellets than Ernie. Betty and Debby have
gotten ten pellets between them.
How many times has each hamster gone through the maze so far? (Each hamster has gone through more than
once.) (higher level thinking skills).
Daily Share - (communication skills)
Analogies - Students chose a subject area, created, and shared analogies. Ask your child about his/her analogy (higher level/critical thinking skills).
Creativity/Critical Thinking – Students completed packets in their homerooms as a result of the picture day schedule. Ask your child to see his her SOAR packet. The packets included: math equations, logic puzzle, unique uses for a paper clip, and various answers to probes such as, “List 5 things you will never see.” (creativity/logic thinking skills).
Game/Business PBL – Student pairs began working on their game ideas. Students researched ideas, brainstormed, considered their target audience, etc. (reading comprehension, higher level thinking skills). As part of this PBL our class is deciding what to do with our games. Here are three possibilities:
1). Donate the Games
2). Have a silent auction on PBL night, raise money, and buy more gifted games for our class.
3). Have a silent auction on PBL night, raise money, and donate the money to a charity.
(higher level thinking, creativity, and advanced research skills).
Game Centers: Chess, SET, Qwirkle, Pivot, Words on my Mind, Rush Hour, and Keva (problem solving, higher level thinking, logic reasoning).