We had an impromptu Matters of the Heart lesson today, discussing how much courage it took for some of our STRIDE friends run for SCA elections. We had some students who were elected and some who were not, but all are definitely winners for taking a risk and throwing their hat in the ring.
Next we moved into science. We began with the "Forcearena" to reinforce our vocabulary. Please ask your child to demonstrate. Maybe you'll even join in! Students worked in groups to set up and test beams and arches for the point where they sagged 1 cm and for structural failure. They recorded data and observations, then practiced writing a conclusion. Then, just like that,...we ran out of time. We will combine all the groups' data into a Google Sheet, calculate averages, and talk about reliability of data and our conclusions next time.
There were three Franklin Findings shared today...an artwork creation, a special souvenir, and we completed our investigation of rocks. I love how students are so interested in what their peers have to say and share.
We also learned about a wireless mouse-how to put the USB in the Chromebook. There's been a resurgence of interest in using mice with the Chromebooks. We don't have enough for everyone yet, so if you see any great after Thanksgiving deals, we could definitely use some more.
Homework this week:
1. Two sheets on Archimedes. One is a code. The other is a puzzle, but the kids already know it's Archimedes, so it's more of a "read and learn" assignment.
2. Finish your science conclusion if you didn't in class.
3. Optional: Complete your MOG chart on Archimedes. We'll do this in class next week, but if students want to go ahead and record the information they learn from there homework, they certainly may!
No STRIDE next week...we'll all be out of school. I hope you and your family have a wonderful holiday!