Our day began with students peer reviewing each other's bridge designs then completing a "Spotlight on My Bridge Design" to showcase the best features of their bridges. They used these to participate in a Bridge Company board meeting, following an agenda, to choose the design the company will build. Each student presented his/her design's strengths, cost effectiveness, and overall quality, then companies discussed these and came to a consensus on a design. Most bridges combined parts of different designs. I was very pleased with the way they worked together and respected each others' efforts. Next we talked about resumes and I shared information about the positions available in each company. For homework, each student will fill out a job application and create a resume. It doesn't have to be typed but it can be!
In Matters of the Heart, we focused on courage. Ask your child what courage has to do with "heart". I read the book Courage by Bernard Waber. Students analyzed the examples from the text for their inferential meaning. It was great to see their deep thinking and connections!
In science we began our Mystery Powders unit by focusing on The Scientific Method. Students watched a Brainpop clip that reviewed all the steps and applied them to a real life example. Next listened to "The Scientific Method" song and processed the information by completing a flow map of the steps. Students may choose to create hand motions and/or a dance to show us next week to help us remember the steps.
After a couple of Franklin Findings, we ended our day with math, focusing on area. I modeled the "subdivide and add" method for finding the area of a polygon, leading students through multiple examples involving finding the area of both rectangles and triangles. They did a great job participating and following directions! Next students began the work to find the area of their original floor plans, using this to estimate the cost of the ground floor and the ceiling. We will continue this next week.
Homework this week is the resume and job application. More information is posted in the Google Classroom. Next week students will be hired for their Bridge Company jobs!
Don't forget that registration for the ECU/PCS AIG Summer Camp began on Monday. I hope to see lots of WHR students there this summer! You can find out more by visiting www.aigcamp.weebly.com.