Think Tank in Third
Weekly Update- November 18, 2016
Our Week at a Glance
Math- Our main focus this week was geometry, which is great, because our MAP test results from the fall show that this is the main area for our students to grow. We've really focused on learning new words through exploration, and it's been so fun to see the "light bulb" go off with many kids. Yesterday every hand was up during our math lesson, and we heard a lot of "awww man" when students didn't get called on and we had to end the lesson. We love that students are so excited about math!
Science- We are still working on states of matter, but our focus now is on physical and chemical changes. We are working on an experiment right now where students will determine if they have caused a physical or chemical change.
Social Studies- We have been receiving a lot of Flat Stanley mail, and it's so cool to compare how people live in different places with how we live here in New Albany, Ohio. Students have made some great observations and connections.
Genius Hour- Most students are working on the presentation portion of their project. Students may start bringing in materials to create their presentation. Please keep in mind that all components of the project will be done here at school, however, if your child needs materials for their project, you can send these in. After Thanksgiving Break we will start looking at dates for presentations.
No homework menu this week! Enjoy Thanksgiving break!
***Remember that the Family Traditions project will be due on December 2nd, click here if you need to see the project instructions. ***
If you would like a math challenge activity for your child to complete during Thanksgiving break, check out Greg Tang's math! http://gregtangmath.com/thanksgiving
We have set students up on a website called www.typingclub.com. This site is great because it shows students where to place their fingers, and which fingers to use to type certain letters.
Student login will be the same as their google login.
Login example: firstname.lastname@example.org
password will be eagles3!
We are Thankful for You!
High school student, Aaron Westbrook, came in to tell us all about his business of making prosthetic arms for those in need. His entire business is non-profit and helps other kids who have limb deformities. He is currently working on an arm made out of completely recycled materials! One person truly can change the world.
Gracyn and Alexa work on Math
Gracyn and Alexa work together writing an algorithm for their tic-tac-compute activity during math. Teamwork makes the dream work!
Kiera Working Hard
Kiera writing in her math journal to compare her two images made of lines and points. Look at all that writing and math language!! "The bottom shape isn't a polygon because it is open on the bottom." Yes!!
Gracyn and Alexa work on Math
Sammy with Aaron's First Arm
Sammy uses the first prosthetic arm Aaron ever made to pick up a milk carton. It was so cool to see how the hands move.
Students critique other groups tic-tac-compute algorthims. Can you follow their directions? Do you get stuck anywhere? What language could they have added to help them? Major critical thinking skills used here!
Solid, Liquid, or Gas?!
Will justifies why the molecules in the middle picture show that it is a solid!