Wednesday STRIDE was just a little bit behind Thursday, so they began by going over the Greek cloze passage, our last Greek station. Next we went right back to Probability. Wednesday completed the Bedtime Spinner activities and both groups worked through "More Spinning Around", practicing measuring spinner angles with protractors, calculating theoretical and experimental probability, and analyzing data. Take a look at your child's STRIDE binder to see his or her great thinking! Thursday STRIDE went over the "Is This A Fair Game?" homework and Wednesday STRIDE will complete the activity for homework this week.
In Invention Convention we learned about how inventors seek to solve problems. Students began with a brainstorm of problems they might want to solve. Next we watched a video where "Professor Prototype" shared how good inventors notice problems, ask questions, and seek to learn more about the problems around them. These actions help them come up with a focused solution. Both historical inventors and student inventors of varying ages were highlighted, along with the problems they solved. We discussed how problems are "everywhere", and I encouraged students to really remember to document questions and ideas in their Invention Logs as they encounter problems at home, school, on their sports teams, listening to the news, or somewhere else entirely. Wednesday STRIDE worked through FFOE, a creativity process, using a paperclip. Ask your child to explain and share his/her ideas. Thursday STRIDE will complete this activity next week and both groups will learn about SCAMPER and how it can help generate ideas. Homework for both groups is the "Invention Questionnaire". This asks some specific questions to get students thinking even more about problems that interest them. They may want to ask YOU some questions and/or do some research. We will complete this lesson next week.
I can't believe it's November, and students have already gotten their first report cards! We are having a wonderful time learning and growing together in STRIDE. I adore teaching your children each week and can't WAIT to see their progress during the second nine weeks!