Learning Experiences for Academic Discoveries
Problem Solving to Its Fullest
Helpful Hints for Remote Learners:
- Have your children set timers on their iPads for beginnings and endings of classes.
- Make sure they are working from a structured area in the home, a desk or a kitchen table.
- Remind them of the Webex rules below.
- Please let your children know that if I do not see them in a Webex 2 days in a row, that I will email and follow up with parents to make sure all is okay.
- Give your child big hugs each day, as he/she may feel isolated, and reassure him/her of doing a great job and persevering through this time of change!
Each lesson in every grade level is embedded with Kaplan's Depth & Complexity Icons below.
5th Grade - CHANGE
Students are also working on public speaking and presentations. They completed Mind-Maps on themselves and their goals, as well as one YET. We practiced looking ahead at middle school, high school, college, and possible future careers. (Details, Big Idea, Over Time)
Then they recorded their presentations of their mind-maps in Flipgrid. They were able to do a digital gallery walk, view others' presentations, and give compliments to each other. They completed self evaluations using a rubric focusing on volume/inflection, content/product, body movement, and eye contact.
4th Grade - EXPLORATIONS
Then, they began EXPLORING and evaluating their own identities by participating in the Creative Problem Solving process (brainstorming, ranking, evaluating, accepting, planning). Each student came up with 5-7 traits that reflected one's identity. Lastly, each student created a "Monument of Me", with 5-7 symbols that reflected individual traits. They wrote inscriptions, describing each symbol, what it reflects, and an example proving it. (Details, Big Idea)
Next week, students will create a digital presentation in Flipgrid regarding their monuments of themselves, and they will do a digital gallery walk looking at others' monuments. Right now you can see evidence of their work in their Google Drive GT Lead folders.
Sketching a Plan
Building the Monument
It represents that I am an organized student.
It symbolizes that I am trustworthy and will not tell your secrets.
They stand for friendship and spending time with my friends.
The button represents my sense of humor because I like to tell jokes and have a riddle book at home.
They demonstrate my peace and that I am peaceful in most cases.
It symbolizes my creativity and how much I love to draw.
3rd Grade - POWER
Students have been conducting a mini research on an aircraft of choice: helicopter, jet pack, seaplane, blimp, hot air balloon, space shuttle, or rocket. Next, they will make a product and presentation with their research.
Some of us continued our paper airplane building at home!
Selecting our topics and researching
2nd Grade - SYSTEMS
- Systems have parts that work together.
- Systems interact.
- Parts of a system depend on each other.
- Systems follow rules.
Students also label parts of a system they found, and then as a culminating project, they either created a how to book for a system, made suggestions to improve a system, or made a commercial about a system. Ask your child to show you his/her systems project in Seesaw.
Telling us why we needed to buy this phone system
Designing a game system
Phone for Kids
Commercial describing new features just for kids
Improving a System in School - The Lunch Line
- Do you have a problem with the lunch line?
- Are you tired of waiting in line for a long time?
1st Grade - CONTRIBUTION
We have also studied characters in books to look at gifted characteristics and traits. This is focusing on students' social and emotional well being by helping them begin to understand their own strengths and areas that need improvement. We really discuss PERSPECTIVE in each book, exploring what the parent thinks about the character, what the teacher thinks, and what the character thinks about himself or herself. The books we looked at are Michael, Eggbert, Olivia, Elmer, and The Art Lesson.