Bacon's Weekly Bits
Friday, December 4, 2010
Week - At - A - Glance
The new "Project Lead the Way" (PLTW) is a completely new format for the kids. We are approaching this project based learning as a grade level. We have formed groups of 3 or 4 students from all different classes to collaborate throughout this project. Simultaneously, the 4th grade teachers are collectively teaching. The students were introduced to the design process and observed different materials being used in new, imaginative ways. With this introduction, students were presented with the project to think creatively and solution based. We have a ramp, a car, and an egg...when we send the car with the egg down the ramp, the egg falls off. This is a problem. The kids were able to connect this to real-life as we ride in cars everyday and we use seat-belts to fasten in for safety. We read a bummer-car story about the different features used to protect the passengers. Upon completion, the kids were challenged to think of their own restraint-system that might protect an egg. From there, kids were introduced to potential and kinetic energy on Friday. Kids are engaged and getting excited to continue with PLTW.
In division, we reviewed and took our chapter test. We will revisit multiplication and division in our next unit as we learn about factors, multiples, and patterns.
So, we are trucking along. We have a lot to learn and only a short time before we have extended winter break. Can you believe it?!? If you have any questions or concerns, please contact me. I am always here to support our kiddos as much as possible!
Wagon leaders calculate points to determine how far they will get to travel on their westward journey.
We became the particles of matter and moved like the molecules in a solid, liquid, and gas. Here, we are being a solid.
Prairie Schooner measurement
We had to know how big a real wagon might have been. This put our supplies and the difficult decisions into perspective.
With this, I want to let you know how exceptional each and every one of your kiddos have been. The care and concern they demonstrated this week really melted my heart and reminded me how blessed I am that you share your children with me on a daily basis. Keep up the good work!! Your children are amazing. :)