What a crazy few weeks we have had leading up to Fall Break. This past week, third and fourth grades didn’t have a chance to come to EXCEL due to our hurricane days, and fifth grade was making up for the day that we missed last week. So each class did something different this week, and it looks as if it’s going to be that way next week as well!
First and second grade started with our mystery. In our mystery this week, we had to figure out who had a February birthday by completing a logic puzzle. Logic puzzles are tricky for most kids, and some of my youngest thinkers had some difficulty figuring this one out, so we did it together. It’s an adjustment, learning how to think in this way, and many of us are not used to not understanding things the first time, so this was hard all around!
As an introduction to our learning about electricity this week, we started with an experiment. First we rubbed a piece of plastic wrap with a paper towel, and then we watched what happened as we put the plastic wrap onto our rice krispies. We made static electricity!
Before we got started, we had to first find out what we knew.
Part of establishing our prior knowledge was a matching game where we tried to match terms and definitions related to electricity.
Our next step was to watch a Magic School Bus about electricity, and then play a fun game about circuits. You can find the neat games we played here!
I had planned for us to start building circuits during this class period, but Hurricane Irma had different plans, and only one of our packages of supplies arrived.
Instead, we built models of circuits out of legos!
Fifth graders started out with one of the favorites from last year: hinky pinkies!
Then we went to the computer lab to turn our drafts of our Mars Colonization brochures into the final copies!
After watching a short video that chronicled the Mars exploration program of the last 50 years, we got to work making our edible Mars rovers. First, we planned.
Then we created! Most people wanted to work by themselves. I suspect this is because they knew that they could eat their creations after they were finished!
Some of us wanted to work together!
And some of us learned the value of sticking with a simple idea! (He wasn’t really upset!)
With all of our supplies now safely at school, we’ll start working on our circuits and eventually our remote-controlled Mars rovers!