Logic Puzzles – See today’s logic puzzle in the SOAR folder. We completed “Turtle Race” as a class, and I challenged the students to complete “Cloud Mirages” independently. I am starting to “grade” the logic puzzles. If your child struggles with logic puzzles, please visit my resource section and scroll down to “logic puzzles” and print some at home.
Chess – (Pawn Game) We reviewed the pieces and their values. Then we played the Pawn Game. The first player to move a pawn to the other side or capture all the opponent’s pawns wins the game. For more practice download a free app on your tablet.
Experienced players played chess. We discussed pawn promotion, strategy, as well as taking one’s time and thinking before moving.
Mr. Rashid is holding an EA chess meeting this Friday in the media center at 1:00pm for those interested in a chess club.
PBL – “How do I create an educational science game that parents and children will enjoy?” Today the children explored a free online version of Minecraft. I tested the version on my teacher computer; however, the student Chromebooks blocked the site. Thanks to some flexibility and the help of Niko Francis, everyone had the opportunity to explore the basic concept of Minecraft. Next week, we will read a 5th grade level article about Minecraft and discuss how it’s both educational and successful. We are working our way towards becoming experts in game design/innovation.
Centers – The entire 3rd grade attended their PBL entry event at the high school.
Grades – I do not give number grades in SOAR. However, I give marks to let students and families know how their child tackled certain activities. Check+ = solved it easily and correctly, check = solved it with a mistake or question, check- = I’m still learning how to do this activity/task.