Weekly Update: Week of October 16, 2015

Overview: 

Students missed the first class this week because of MAP testing. The lessons begun with the introduction of our Unit on Innovations. We went over the essential questions and came up with class definitions on innovations, inventions, and discoveries. Students then were given a list of twenty inventions to rank in order of importance. This was followed with a discussion on what they thought was the most important invention on the list (most voted for either internet or irrigation). The next class students defined the word genius and came up with a list of features a genius should possess. They also completed a Marshmallow Challenge activity where they had to work in groups to build structures using pasta, string, and tape. The goal of this was to complete the tallest structure possible that would be able to hold a marshmallow on top without collapsing in just twenty minutes. This was followed with a TED talk video on the activity and a short discussion about the importance of innovating and team work.

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Need To Know: 

This will be a busy unit with four performance tasks that need to be completed in just eight weeks. We will be starting work on the first performance task before the October break. I’ve attached it below for you to look over. Please make sure that the students spend a bit of their October break working on this.

Innovation in Time

Extra: 

We will be spending more time discussing current events and news during the second quarter. It would be great help if you encouraged your kids to spend some time every day looking at news. You can also have some family discussions about what is happening in the world and why those things are important.

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