We began our morning with Bridges. Students sketched points of strength and ranked all bridges. They completed the "final bridge review" evaluation as well. As we discussed what students learned from the experience, it was obvious that their knowledge of specialization and division of labor has been broadened. They also have a greater appreciation for the necessity of teamwork and cooperation, and life in the "real" work world.
Next we was the Bridge Break Bash! Thanks to all of you who were able to attend!! Each company chose the sizes of weights to place in a container hung from their bridge until the bridge reached structural failure. Today's winning bridge held 152 ounces...9.5 pounds! All the bridges held at least 2 pounds! I was very pleased with students' analysis and their respectful behavior as we set up and took apart each bridge. I also awarded the company who earned the most "bridge bucks". Each of them received a gold dollar coin. These bucks were earned during the operation of the companies each week for cooperation, being on task, and completing jobs as directed in the company portfolios. This was a close competition as well.
The next part of our day focused on students' architect presentations. Students worked through the presentations at their own pace, learning more about a variety of architects and using post its to give each other feedback. This was a great way to close our architecture unit.
We finished our day with a STRIDE survey for me to gather students' feedback about the year, the signing of "memory cups", fourth graders writing letters to next year's STRIDE students, and fifth graders making caps for graduation. We also had snacks after the Bridge Break and soda and dessert with lunch. Thanks to all of you who sent in a special treat!
Our final event was our fifth grade graduation...sad but exciting at the same time. I will certainly miss all of them next year. You can see a video and photos below.
We will meet together one more time on Friday, June 3rd in the morning to complete our Mystery Powders lessons. Your child won't need to bring her/his binder. I already took up everything the students will need.
Thank you for all of your support this year. If we needed it for STRIDE, we had it, and I appreciate that so much. I can't express how much I enjoy working with all of your children and challenging them to learn and grow. They are such awesome individuals!