Students began by sharing their Webquest answers with their newly selected table groups Next they analyzed Mozart and his life for evidence of F. F. O. E. We went over the Webquest answers together, students shared their drawings, and we compared F. F. O. E. ideas. I was so pleased with the evidence students shared and their analysis. Listening to two very different Mozart compositions came next. Students drew how each piece made them feel and what it made them think about. Ask your child about his/her drawings and the names of the pieces. Next students learned more about attributes of creative people and applied this knowledge as they read letters written by and about Mozart. This lead us to analyzing his characteristics, the forces that affected him, and the techniques he used. At this point we took a vote on whether to continue with Mozart or finish for homework and move on to a different subject. Overwhelmingly students wanted to keep investigating together. Students worked through a Google Slides presentation "Walking In Mozart's Footsteps." This included learning more about his family, his travels, and excerpts from some of his letters. Students tracked these travels on a map of Europe, creating their own map keys along the way. We ended our investigation by learning about "Amadeity". Ask your child about it. Students did a great job working together, sharing during discussions, identifying important information, and supporting their conclusions with evidence.
In History of Math we reviewed Roman Numerals and the rules for using them. Next we learned how to write even bigger Roman Numerals and practiced writing a few at the SMARTBoard. Students moved into practice on their own and did great! They will continue practice with Larger Roman Numerals for homework.
We ended with an introduction to the "Moment of Genius". We watched a video clip to get our brains thinking about what "genius" means, and we learned the MOG song. We'll continue here next time.
For Franklin Findings we began our Benjamin Franklin alphabet book: Ben Franklin: His Wit and Wisdom from A-Z.. "A" was for almanac, Abiah, apprentice, and armonica. See if your child can tell you more about one or all!
Next week Wednesday is a teacher workday. We were able to move STRIDE to Friday! Yea!!! The only homework this week is math.