Daily Share - Students shared about their weekend or other exciting news (advanced communication skills).
Gomuku (A Japanese X and O strategy game). This game uses higher level thinking skills and logic to be the first person to place 5 Xs or Os in a row - vertically, horizontally, or diagonally). (higher level thinking and logic skills)
Word Play - Imagine you live in a world with only 20 words. You can use these words as much as you want, but you cannot use any other words at all. Please list your words. All answers are correct, but some answers reflect a higher level of thinking and/or creativity. (higher level thinking skills, creativity skills)
Analogies - Students explored a variety of word analogies. Students learned some new words today. Ask your child if he/she remembers any of the words (see SOAR folder) (higher order thinking skills)
PBL - How can I promote my community (Atlanta)? Students are beginning to add details to their websites. Students are exploring their communities through Internet research (advanced research skills, creativity skills, web site design skills)
Paper Towers - Students groups created paper towers with limited materials (see slideshow above). We will complete our stories, illustrate, and act out our plays next week). (creativity skills, advanced communication skills)
1. Build a paper tower with materials on table.
(Tower must stand without anyone touching it - and remain standing)
2. Measure your tower with a ruler. (inches).
3. Write a story using your tower as part of the setting.
Brainstorm story ideas with group.
Write story on notebook paper.
Illustrate story on chart paper. (Will complete next week).
Choose a narrator to read and actors to act out story for class. (Will complete next week).
When complete, we discussed the successes and failures of the groups. We determined that it is helpful for each group member to play a key role in the process.
Centers - Students played Chess, Keva Blocks, iPads games, and Batik)