Probability was next. Students shared what they already knew and what they learned through their homework. We worked to understand the definition of theoretical probability, how to determine it, how to find percentages, and qualitative terms to match our quantitative data. They did great! I introduced experimental probability, and then students flipped coins and recorded data to solve Kalvin's cereal problem. They calculated percentages, created line graphs, and of course, had lots of fun tossing pennies. We had a great discussion then closed with a few more examples. Ask your child to tell you what we discovered. For homework students will apply what we learned to solve some problems.
In Invention Convention we considered the question, "What is an invention?". Students wrote their thoughts, shared in table groups, and then we dialogued about their ideas whole group. Small groups read about how one invention came to be...either band-aids, earmuffs, Frisbees, or Lifesavers...and shared with the group. We analyzed dictionary definitions of "invention", characteristics of inventions, and ended by evaluating a group of items and discussing if they did or did not meet the invention criteria. This is where we'll continue next time. We're building our inventor's brains!
Thanks for all the supplies and support. We're learning lots in STRIDE!