Daily Share - Students shared about their weekend or other exciting news (advanced communication skills).
Brain Booster - Can you solve it? Click here.
Odd Couples - Students analyzed odd couple pairs. For example: kitten/baby, 3/7, cherries/tomatoes, lion/elephant, bubbles/balloons, etc. Students thought creatively to determine any commonalities between the two words. (see SOAR folder) (higher order thinking skills, creativity skills).
Fact/Opinion - Students worked on identifying facts vs. opinions. We discussed the difference between true/false & fact/opinion. Some students have a hard time determining information as "fact" verses and "opinion" if they do not know the answer. (see SOAR folder) (Higher order thinking skills)
Make a Wish - Based on the below clues, students incorporated math, money, and logic skills to determine how many pennies, nickels, and dimes Jeffrey found. (higher order thinking skills, money skills, math counting skills)
1. He finds at least 1 penny, 1 nickel, and 1 dime.
2. He has a total of 14 coins.
3. The coins add up to .56 cents.
4. He has more nickels than dimes.
5. He has the same number of pennies as nickels.
Tropical Rain Forest - PBL "How can I, as a biologist, recommend the best habitats to our local Zoo or Aquarium?" (Tuesday Group - Wednesday Group will do this next week) - After watching a video on the deserts, students used tablets (if needed) to conduct Internet research to explore 5 facts. Next, students found three animals to include on their tropical rain forest page. I gave children an opportunity to catch up on previously missed biomes (advanced communication skills, creativity skills, advanced research skills).
Paper Towers (Wednesday Group - Tuesday Group will do this next week) - 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 SET, Pivot, Keva Blocks, and Dizios