Though our time was short, we certainly made the most of it!
Our morning began with students checking each other's ECON! cards to be sure they were completed correctly. Next they shared their MOG information on Archimedes with each other. We spent most of time today on math. First we reviewed how to use the Chinese abacus and learned to add. In some ways it's easy and in others it's tricky. Like anything else, the more you do it, the more you understand it. Students practiced several problems, manipulating the beads to solve and using the Kids Abacus app as well. Students brought them home today. They were very excited! Ask your child to show you what he/she learned. I challenged them to learn subtraction, multiplication, and/or division on their own and teach it to us during a future Franklin Findings time. I hope someone will accept the challenge!
Next we viewed a clip about the History of Math to bridge what we've learned with where we're going next. We checked students' Archimedes homework, learned even MORE about him, and completed our class MOG chart. Next time we will practice using pi and finding circumference.
We ended with just a little bit of science, reviewing what we've learned and getting directions for our next investigation involving columns. However, there just wasn't time to get started. :( But we're ready for next week for sure! Expect lots of science next time.
We also did a tiny bit of Latin, learning four new words and practicing speaking them. I also modeled how students will record these in their dictionaries next week.
Finally, I have exciting news about the field trip. The director of the NCMA has seen to it that all of the students will get to see the two special exhibits that are there right now involving daVinci's Codex and the work of M. C. Escher. I'm so excited I can hardly stand it! We learn about da Vinci during our Architecture unit second semester, and for us to be able to see some of the actual pages from his notebooks is beyond awesome. This is a ticketed event but the director is seeing to it that all our students see it for free! You can find out more by HERE.
For homework this week students will investigate da Vinci and Escher. I have posted some sites in the Google Classroom for them to use but they are welcome to go elsewhere with your permission. They will also make a list of things they should be sure to do before saying, "I'm through." This is in preparation for a MOH lesson.
See below for some STRIDE pictures from October.