This week, all grades took a break from our regular units to have some seasonal fun! Students listened to the song "Frosty the Snowman" and worked through the steps to creatively solve one of Frosty's problems. After students completed the Frosty CPS lesson, they completed a design challenge to build a home that would keep Frosty from melting. We discussed insulation and heat loss then students experimented with a variety of materials that would keep Frosty frozen as long as possible. Students worked on the 4 Ds of Problem Solving - define, design, do, and debrief. I was very impressed with the ingenuity of the houses students constructed! Thank you, parents, for sending in an ample supply of building materials!
5th Grade - Thursday
5th Grade - Friday
Warm wishes for a wonderful Winter Break! Happy Holidays and a very Happy New Year!
This week in TAG...
2nd Grade completed a Compare Contrast lesson for our new unit, What's the Matter in the Kitchen? and discovered the answer to our Essential Question: "Why is it important to understand physical and chemical changes in the kitchen?" Students also participated an Inquiry lesson asking questions to figure out what the mystery object is and does. After students identified it as an electric popcorn popper, we popped some popcorn to observe physical change in action!
3rd Grade students participated in an Inductive Reasoning lesson to introduce vocabulary from our new unit, Freedom Express. We studied the evolution of slavery in the United States and disussed our Essential Question: "What is freedom?" Students worked on a freedom chart listing privileges and freedoms they enjoy, what happened when slaves were deprived of the freedoms students listed, and how they would feel if each of these freedoms was taken away.
4th Grade worked with a group to complete a Decision Making lesson about what to do with Mr. Wealthy's land. Students read facts about the land and then evaluated recommendations for the property. As a group, students decided whether to preserve the land, turn it into a national park, develop the land, or use it as a military base. Most students decided to designate the land for use as a national park. At the end of the lesson, I revealed to the class that Mr. Wealthy's land was actually Yellowstone National Park! Students answered the Essential Question: "What does it mean to be interdependent? What are some examples of interdependent relationships?" for our new unit, Camp Interdependence.
5th Grade had some seasonal fun creating a home for Frosty the Snowman. Check back next week for photos from this cool design challenge!
Frosty the Snowman Supplies Request!
For our last TAG classes of 2016, we will be taking a break from our TAG unit and having some seasonal fun! Students will be participating in a Creative Problem Solving lesson to help Frosty the Snowman. They will be learning about the states of matter, heat energy (insulation and conduction), and the science of snowflakes.
Part of the lesson includes a challenge to build a home for Frosty that will keep him from melting, or at least slow down the process. We are collecting the following items for Frosty’s shelter:
If you have any of these items at home and could send them in to TAG next week, I would greatly appreciate it! Our first Frosty challenge will be with 5th grade on Thursday, December 15.
2nd Grade -
Gifted Specialist Teacher at Teasley Elementary