Genius Hour Reminder!
Next week will be our first Genius Hour session in TAG. Students DO NOT need to bring a device for research or products as we will be spending our time in class brainstorming potential passion project ideas and developing inquiry questions to guide students' work.
This Week in TAG...
2nd Grade may have changed their minds about wanting to leave for the New World after we learned more about the problems Pilgrims' faced while crossing the Atlantic! Students listed problems and ranked them with #1 being the worst for their answer to the Essential Question. The Pilgrims were seasick, had no heat, no privacy, no plumbing, no clean clothes, and no way to dry their wet clothes when it rained, not to mention, it was crowded! Our first "Pilgrim's Challenge" was to experience how crowded it was on the Mayflower. With 102 passengers and 30 crew members on a cargo ship not intended for passengers, it was a tight fit!
Students also completed a Mystery Lesson to discover one very important item necessary to pack for a long voyage at sea...VITAMIN C! Students read clues and deduced that a diet rich in Vitamin C helps to prevent Scurvy, and none of the students want rotten teeth! Each Wednesday for the remainder of our unit, students are asked to remember to bring a Vitamin C snack on TAG days to ensure the health of their Pilgrims!
4th Grade studied one of our nation's most influential and memorable presidents, Abraham Lincoln, this week in TAG. We listened to President Lincoln's Gettysburg Address and students reflected on the Essential Question: "How can words help people be positive leaders?" Next week we'll learn more about President Lincoln's legacy as we analyze quotes and learn some fun facts too, like why he grew a beard.
Fourth graders were also the first of this week's classes to open our Dojo Store for business. Students were paid for the work they've been doing in TAG and had an opportunity to shop at the store. Thank you for taking pride in your jobs!
5th Grade participated in a Mystery Lesson to explore this week's EQ: "How can a virus spread around the world?" Students worked with their group to create a possible hypothesis and then arranged clues in a logical, sequential order to explain how Lou, a student in NY, got the flu from ducks in China. After solving the mystery, fifth graders began working on the Epidemic choice board which we'll continue working on throughout the unit. We finished our day in TAG by reading more from our unit novel: Fever 1793 by Laurie Halse Anderson. Next week, our lesson explores Yellow Fever and it's impact on the city of Philadelphia in 1793.
Thanks for bringing in your stuffed viruses to share with the class, Lucy! Who would have thought viruses could be so cute and cuddly!
Gifted Specialist Teacher at Teasley Elementary