Students began by chatting at their tables, first about their snow experiences, then their creative people projects, and finally what makes houses strong. I checked each student's creative person choice and then it was on to Construction Concepts. Today students worked to apply their knowledge of forces and structures to design create straw cube "houses" in groups. It was a great experience, fun but challenging, and definitely required a growth mindset. Some houses stood, others did not. However, in analyzing the activity, all groups were able to distinguish something that worked in their model, what they would do differently and why their model didn't work. We talked about how sometimes we learn just as much from the process as we do from the actual product. I was especially proud of their teamwork and use of science vocabulary during construction. See below for some photos.
In Creative Expression students shared their MOG charts on Shakespeare at their tables and then we added him to our class chart. They did a great job analyzing and evaluating information for key details. Next we reviewed the project guidelines and I answered questions. The due date has changed...1/24 is now a workday, so I am planning to have STRIDE on 1/23. This is when projects are due.
We ended our day reviewing Bhaskara from last week. For homework, students will finish investigating him using the information in the Google Classroom and the handout. They will add him to the MOG chart and take notes on "other" interesting facts that don't fit the MOG chart boxes. Students should also work on their Creative Person projects.