Most of Week 7 was spent in the land of important inventions and it was great! First partners shared their research homework and then students collaborated on three different Google Docs to research the three inventions from our Top 10 that were not assigned for homework. I enjoyed eavesdropping on their discussions and listening to their connections and comments! Next students used their research to create advertisements to persuade the class that their invention was the MOST important of the Top 10. They wrote scripts and drew or found pictures. Some did it all by hand, some did theirs digitally, some did a combination of both.
Finally students presented their ads and the class took notes on the important points about each invention. I learned so much! One of the things I found most interesting was how many variations of an invention occurred after the first idea. Some students dug all the way back to the very first instance of their invention while others researched when the invention was first developed into the form we use it today. We had many discussions about inventors, inventions, elaboration on an idea, and so many connections were made as well as interesting discoveries. Thursday parents...Thomas Crapper was the talk of the day as we learned more about the indoor toilet. I surely had no idea about the connections. Ask your child about it but be ready for the giggles. Click HERE for the real story.
After all the presentations, students had to choose only one of the ten inventions. This was beyond difficult. On Wednesday, the telephone won, and on Thursday it was the air conditioner. Students ended by reflecting on how inventions change people's lives. I think they probably have many more ideas to add to their invention logs as well. I've asked them not to limit themselves to what they think they can build at this point but to record all ideas. You never know what the future may hold.
In Greek Forum I introduced stations where students will learn more about the food, homes, and clothing of the Ancient Greeks. Students are investigating by reading, interacting on websites, and viewing and taking notes in their booklets. We will complete these stations and sharing next week.
There is no written homework this week. In honor of Unity Day, I've asked students to do something kind for at least one person. We'll share these next week.
Photos from this week are below!