Alder Weekly Update
September 8, 2019
Ms. Penza's Math Classes
The objective was to learn how to work as a group. The students were grouped randomly (I hand out playing cards the aces are one group and the kings are another group and so on - 4 in each group). They get a handout (see attached). The instruction is that they have two minutes (I time them) to take turns circling the numbers 1-100 in order. They can help each other find the next number but the person whose turn it is must circle it. The game is very simple so students of all levels can participate equally and work as a group. The group that finds the most numbers get a jolly-rancher. I then ask them to discuss as a group whether there is a pattern (there is) and devise a strategy to improve their score. They do it again and the team who gets the most gets candy. I show them how to find percent increase and ask each group to find their percent increase/decrease and each group gets candy when they have the percent. As closure we look at the pictures of the class and discuss what good team work should look like and came up with some rules (listen, participate, be respectful, etc). They seemed to like it.
Ms. Wenzel's Social Studies Classes
Ms. Dilks' Hispanohablantes
Students in the Hispanohablantes class interviewed each other after completing two charts about themselves: "Who I'm I?" and "10 things that Define Me."