Today students began by checking their Cross Numeral Puzzle homework and clearing up any questions. Next they moved into creativity practice with "Skateboards" and "Video" games. There were lots of cool and creative ideas!
We spent much of our morning in our first Construction Concepts lesson. First, groups of students completed Build #1, constructing a structure using straws, pins, and paperclips. Most groups built a successful structure; however, the important part was for students to observe what supports worked and develop the idea that the design and the materials are both important. Students pondered the differences between discover and invent and learned that Newton, although credited with discovering gravity, was not the first to propose the ideas. Ask your child about it. Next we discussed and defined the terms structure, gravity, weight, and support. Students researched evidence and examples to support each definition, taking notes and drawing pictures and diagrams. After sharing, we discussed how the force of gravity is always at work and has to be overcome for structures to be successful. I hope students will keep their eyes open this week for additional evidence and connections.
In Matters of the Heart we learned about having a Growth Mindset. We watched two short video clips to help us understand what it is and see its application. Today we learned to say, "I can't do that...YET." It is so important to have a Growth Mindset instead of a Fixed Mindset. Having a Growth Mindset means that you believe your brain is malleable and will continue to grow as you press yourself to learn new things. Being smart and/or talented is not enough. We must learn to make mistakes and persevere by trying new and difficult tasks and skills. Ask your child if he/she can share some examples. Here are the video clips we watched and discussed. Growth Mindset and Above and Beyond
Follow this link to a GREAT video for parents about Growth Mindset! Developing our Growth Mindsets will be a MOH focus for the year, so plan to hear more about it.
After lunch we had three amazing magic card tricks for a Franklin Finding. Then in Creative Expression we had a brief introduction to Mozart. For homework students will complete a Web quest to find out more. The details are in the Google Classroom.
We ended our day with the History of Math. We reviewed Roman Numerals and all the rules for using them with several "mental math" problems. Next week we'll learn how to write even bigger Roman Numerals!
The Mozart Web quest is the only homework this week.
See below for some photos from today!