This project featured the perfect mix of math skills, creativity, persuasive writing skills, and even some technology! Students were given the task of designing a park for the City of Raleigh. First, they used fractions to find the area of each section of the park. Next, the team worked together to determine the best layout for the park. Then they worked together to write a persuasive letter to the City of Raleigh, convincing the city to choose their park design. Afterwards teams worked on Google Drawings to create a digital display of their park design.
First, students worked in groups to read "Jack and the Beanstalk" and answer challenging comprehension questions, which required students to dig deeper using inferences and consider alternative perspectives of characters. Then, using only cardboard, tape, and scissors, students worked in cooperative teams to build the tallest freestanding beanstalk that was able to hold the most weight. I was floored by how creative each group was!
What is Saturday school without some friendly competition? Students worked in teams to solve math problems in order to earn the chance to add another component to their snowman. Each student solved their own problem and then the team worked together to make any corrections. A shout out to Ms. Ford for creating this awesome review game!
Challenge: Students worked in pairs to create the tallest free-standing structure possible, using only candy corn and toothpicks. Whoa, was this a challenge! Although students ran in to some major complications and most teams struggled to create more than 2 layers, attitudes remained positive and groups stuck with it! The students did an amazing job reflecting on road blocks that their team faced along the way, such as dry candy, and even thought about how to make this challenge better next time. So proud of their perseverance!
The Challenge: Sam's boat has capsized and he cannot swim without his life vest, which happens to be underneath his overturned boat. Without touching him (put those paperclips to work!) and without him falling in to the "water" you need to place the life saver life vest around him, flip the boat (no hands!), and place him in there safely. This was definitely a challenge that required the pairs to put their heads together and test out a variety of possible solutions!
Team Challenge: Start with a stack of solo cups, place them in to a pyramid, and then return the cups to a single stack. The catch: you can only touch the string! I loved hearing the team work and encouraging words! They had to fail many times before successfully building their pyramid! As groups finished I gave them additional cups in order to take this challenge to the next level!
It started with a squiggle!
Each student drew a "squiggle" on a blank piece of paper. I collected all of the squiggles and put the students in partners. Then I handed back 2 random squiggle drawings. Partners had to decide which squiggle to use, and what to draw, using the squiggle as the base of their picture. Next they independently wrote a story about the picture. I will use this writing piece as a baseline in order to see where to focus my writing instruction. In addition each student will have his or her own writing goal based on individual needs.