In Bridges we began with students sharing what they learned for homework at the PBS site. We defined bridges and shared ones we knew, classifying them on a Tree Map as famous, NC, and Pitt County. We viewed photos of several different bridges and compared and contrasted similarities and differences. Then students worked together to read about five basic types of bridges and discover how they're built, adding to the information they gained from their homework. Finally, we ended with students analyzing bridge photos and classifying them by their characteristics.
We ended our instruction today in science learning about trusses which fit PERFECTLY with our bridge introduction. Students worked together in small groups to construct triangle trusses following a diagram and using straws, paperclips, and pins. Next time we will test the design strength of each.
The rest of our day was spent celebrating awesome behavior with our Marble Jar Reward. Students enjoyed pizza, veggies, chips, cookies, fruit snacks, and cupcakes. Thanks so much to everyone who sent in something, and a special thanks to the Truebloods for providing the pizza AND coming to help serve. Students played games (mostly Minecraft) and used the SMART Board, ending with some time outside in the fresh air.
Homework this week is MOG on Descartes. Students should read about Descartes using "A Story About Rene Descartes" and the Google Slides presentation posted in the Google Classroom and fill out their MOG charts. Optionally they may work on their Creative Person Project.
I hope you and your family have a wonderful break, and I look forward to lots of learning in 2016!