Students began their STRIDE Day by choosing new tables and table names. Next they shared and discussed their generalizations answers from homework, then used the iTouches to explore Pascal's triangle and an Edison app.
Our morning continued with the new math unit, From The Ground Up. In this unit, students will work as apprentice architects. Today's lesson involved warming up our measuring skills by using rulers, measuring tapes, and meter and yard sticks to find the length of several items in both Metric and U.S. Customary measurements. Precise measurement will be very important during this unit. Students watched a short video clip to demonstrate tips and techniques of using a compass, then I taught them how to use the compass to make arcs and construct an equilateral triangle. Students used their tools to measure and construct several shapes. Most will complete the activity for homework, cutting out the shapes and using their creativity to make a design, then evaluating which shapes were the hardest and easiest to draw. Students also received "Memo 1" today, introducing our building simulation. They have a family letter explaining what we'll be doing and should go over it with you and ask you to sign.
For our Construction Concepts unit culmination, students worked in groups to construct the tallest tower they could with the fewest number of straws. There were some very creative ideas! I was very pleased with how they worked together, shared ideas, and supported each other. No one was totally successful with their tower but the process was awesome and "fun". Students are already making connections and applying knowledge about forces and construction in bridges.
Bridge Companies met together to decide on their company's logo. Next we focused on perspective, and viewed some bridges in Google Earth, examining the top, side, and end views. We will continue here next week.
For homework students will complete their math as described above. They will also view a Google Slides presentation (posted in the Google Classroom) and complete a few introduction to architecture thinking activities. We will use these answers in class next week.