The Jungle Beat
September 26, 2015
Our mission is to create a culture of intellectual curiosity where all students have ownership over their learning and are inspired to think, innovate, and create.
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News and Notes
We began the activity by forming groups. Once groups were formed they decided together what items they wanted to use to build their houses. Prior to this activity we had read books on building houses. Several decide to use one of these books as a reference as they were building their structures. As I moved from group to group providing support I engaged in discussions about vertices and shapes.
After houses were finished we then explored blowing them down. We first used a straw. Determining the wind from the straw was not enough we moved to a larger wind source. We used a hair dryer as the "big bad wolf." We huffed, we puffed but we COULD NOT blow the structors over. The discussion then became about why we were not able to blow the houses over.
This is a great project that is easily extended in the home. I encouraged the children to do this with you. Don't worry-you can do it! This activity works with all ability levels and only gets better the more your child grows in their math and science skills.
Book as a Reference
This group was the first to go grab a book as a reference. It was so interesting to watch these boys. They were convinced they needed traps for the wolf as well.
This group had a great structure but really wanted to put something on top. A visiting lab student from Troy was there to give a little extra support when needed.
A Great Accident
This group had worked and worked on their house. They wanted to add the piece you see as the top. However it was too heavy. Once they set it down and we discussed it, they realized it made a perfect house structure on it's own. Isn't that how penicillin was discovered? By accident??
Book as a Reference
A Great Accident
As we made waffles on Friday, the concept of -ISH took on a new life. The objective was to work on the concept that 4 small squares make a large square and that by placing the triangle on top of the square you can make the shape of a house. As you can see in the picture I couldn't get the waffle pieces to be an "exact" shape. One child spoke up and said it is "house-ish." It was contagious. The discussion continued that the shapes were square-ISH and triangle-ISH.
WOW-I could not have asked for a better example of learning. The children independently demonstrated the applying of a previously learned concept to another situation. They took the concept of the ISH book we used for writing and applied it to our math activity. I am so thankful for the "-ISH moments" I have with your children!
In addition to your support in our PTSA, our class is in need of a room parent. If you are interested in helping with this please contact me. We are happy to have a mom, a dad or an active grandparent to fill this roll.