Students began by sharing their FFOE analyses of the Edison passage. Next they added Euler and Pascal to their MOG charts. Next we moved into Construction Concepts. We viewed a video that reviewed all our science terms and applied them to new situations, some were even bridges! I hope everyone was paying attention. Next we analyzed several photos of structural failure, drawing conclusions about the forces that were at work to cause the damage and how/why each failed. I loved hearing students apply the science vocabulary terms and make connections to what we've studied.
Thomas Edison was next. We discussed the homework article as a whole group then learned more about Edison's life, inventions, and his quotes. Several students had done some research at home on their own and had interesting facts to add. We added him to our MOG chart, then students did a little "Edison" thinking by brainstorming ideas for using a metal coat hanger. There were some very creative ones. Optional homework is to actually create one of these ideas. They have two weeks to bring it in to share.
MOG continued with Euler and Pascal. We briefly revisited Euler then interacted with a PowerPoint presentation to learn more about Pascal's life and work. Students checked their Pascal's Triangle homework and explained the pattern. It was neat to hear one pattern explained in several ways. Students have optional math work with Pascal's triangle.
We had a quick introduction to our final Construction Concepts lesson...a straw tower! We'll complete this activity, continue our Bridges unit, and begin new units in the other subjects next week!
For homework students will revisit our Structures Generalizations and record their midyear answers. I reviewed and modeled how to do this today. All supporting evidence should come from our first semester STRIDE units. This is their only homework so they can take their time and do it with excellence.
See below for a few photos!