We spent much of our time in science focused on columns and domes in Construction Concepts. Students worked together in science groups to create and test paper columns using weights. The results were somewhat contradictory but it was a great lesson in how to analyze and draw conclusions from data as well as determine what factors might have influenced the differences in our results. Great scientific and mathematical thinking! Ask your child what his/her group discovered. I demonstrated tubular girders and we predicted and tested various materials and diameters. Don't be surprised if your child came home and asked for some eggs. We used them today to explore the strength of the dome shape through a few demonstrations. We also looked at the use of domes in architecture and watched a few video clips to show the amazing strength of the double domed egg. I also showed a cool website to investigate domes further. It is posted in the Google Classroom.
In MOH we talked about "owning" our learning. Students shared the lists they made for homework, then I shared my "master" list of what we should consider before saying, "I'm through" They already know what to do, of course, but I hope this discussion about taking responsibility for our learning and doing EVERYTHING with excellence will encourage a deeper awareness. I've placed reminders on all our tables and each student has a copy in the homework section. We're all going to hold each other accountable!
We ended today by taking a quick look at circles including radius, diameter, circumference and their relationships discovered by Archimedes. We will practice finding the circumference of circles next week, then move on to the next mathematician.
Homework this week is all about Pythagoras!
1. Read about Pythagoras's Secret Club and do the math/answer the questions.
2. Complete the puzzle on the secret club.
3. Complete your MOG chart on Pythagoras using the websites in the Google Classroom (and other resources as allowed.)
We WILL have STRIDE next Tuesday. Final reminders about our December 1st field trip will come home then.