This week began with a block of time where students worked through a list of activities. First they cut out their vases in preparation for painting. Next they practiced writing their Greek names and anything else they chose using the Greek alphabet. Finally, they received new letters from our penpal Grandma Stamps and wrote her back. During this time, I facilitated small groups painting their Greek vases with black paint in preparation for etching their designs next time. I was so pleased with how they followed directions, worked efficiently, and assisted each other. They are really working on the "R" for "Responsibility" in STRIDE!
Invention Convention was next. We looked at some "Crazy Kids" inventions to get our brains warmed up. Then students completed a "mini build", creating an improved invention to make their lives easier from minimal materials. Creativity was evident EVERYWHERE! Some students chose to improve the invention they created in the earlier 10 minute build. Each invention was presented and students explained the purpose and how it worked. Ask your child about what he or she built, and see below for some pictures.
In the next part of this lesson we learned more about how inventors research and understand problems. Students watched a video from Professor Prototype on these topics first and discussed the new information at their tables. Then they evaluated the ideas in their Invention Logs and on the Invention Questionnaire from last week and considered which problems would be possible for them to solve (create an invention for), placing a star by these. Next they chose two problems to take through a "Planning and Decision Making Framework". I modeled this with two different examples and they got to work. This activity is designed to help them decide on the ONE problem they will focus on for the rest of this unit and build as a project at home. They should be talking to you and others about this as part of their research this week.
Wednesday STRIDE had a little time for Probability and continued investigating if a game is "fair", building on our previous knowledge. Thursday STRIDE spent time celebrating filling up their Marble Jar for the first time this year. Wednesday is right behind them and will celebrate next week.
1. Write a draft of the summary for your Museum Exhibit card that will go with the completed vase. More information is in the Google Classroom.
2. Complete the "Planning and Decision Making Framework" sheet and choose the problem you will work on to create an actual invention on your own. The example we went over in class is posted in the Google Classroom.