Next I introduced our final Math Mystery Tour lesson: the "explosion of stars". We learned that there are pentagons hiding within a regular pentagon, and you guessed it, the Golden Ratio is hiding there as well. Students began working to draw the pentagons and measure. It is optional to continue for homework.
The Land of Ancient Podium followed. Today we were at "The Speaker's House". Students worked in teams to read and learn more about a few famous Greek people and characters. They summarized the important information for each, then wrote and practiced a speech of introduction. While they were working I conferenced individually with each student about his/her persuasive speech draft. I was impressed with these. I think overall this group did the best I've seen of having three reasons and support in a draft. Most students either need to work on their hook, transitions, or conclusion. Their homework this week is to make changes and additions, write a final draft on either paper or notecards, and practice for fluency. Next week they will present their final speeches at "The Forum".
Next students returned to their Greek families and taught everyone about the Greeks they researched. We discussed "How to Give a Speech", and then students presented their introduction speeches and families "guessed the Greek". This was a fun practice of the techniques they'll need as they give their "big" speech in two weeks.
Our day ended with our final ISS lesson: part two of the Grappler.
Next week is our last week of STRIDE. Greek Snack.