Index Card Challenge

Last Friday we started our first “Friday Challenge”

Our purpose is to get learners used to the design thinking process using this kind of challenges.

Students worked in groups of 4 or 5 and had 25 minutes to plan and build the tallest index card tower that could hold a book for 10″ without collapsing.

Here you have some photos of what learners did.

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After checking all the towers we reflected on our work using the 6 hats strategy. Ask your child about it.
I have collected some of their thoughts on this padlet.

You are also welcome to watch this TED. Build a tower, build a team.

Reading Fairy Tales with our Reading Buddies

Last week we read fairy tales with our kindergarten buddies.
Mrs. Edward read the Three Billy Goats Gruff to all of us. This is one of the books we are using for our writers workshop, where we are learning how to retell fairy tales.

Then we kept reading and enjoying classic and retold fairy tales with our buddies, stoping, thinking, and jotting ideas.

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Once Upon a Time…

Yesterday, during Writer’s Workshop we launched our Fairy Tales unit.

Students were reading and studying retold versions of Cinderella such as Cinderella Penguin, The Korean Cinderella and Prince Cinders.

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3A learners will be adapting their own fairy tales choosing either “Little Red Riding Hood” or “The Three Billy Goats Gruff.” We will be adapting Cinderella as a whole class.

Students are aware that in order to write a Fairy Tale adaptation, they new to know the classic story and tell it often. Ask your child to retell you tonight the classic story he or she chose to adapt.

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Learning Comes Alive

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Yesterday we celebrated our learning with special guests, new students for a day in our classroom.
Thank you so much parents for attending to our first Learning Comes Alive and being there with your children.

I enjoyed having you with us, getting involved, and sharing your learning with your child.

How does Energy Travel?

Students know that energy can be stored in food, fuels and batteries. They also know that energy can be converted from one form to another.

Today students investigated how energy moved from one place to another. That’s called energy transfer. Ask your child about the science stations we explored today. How  does energy travel while playing bowling? How the energy in the battery travelled to make the motor shaft turn?

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Last week we talked about energy conversion and fossil fuels.

For homework tonight your child has to log in in the following link and complete the quiz.

Thanks for your support!