Thursday, February 20, 2014

More Creative Challenges

No, it's "not a Stick"!  It's a ...
We designed plans for the many things you can do with a stick.  We created and then redesigned as needed to complete our finished projects.  We hope you enjoy our creative processes.

Wednesday, February 19, 2014

Reporting Growth and Change

Thank you to all the families that have visited for conferencing.  The students have worked very hard this past term.  They have demonstrated creativity, perseverance and determination.  We have enjoyed creative challenges, writing creatively and working in computers to explore outer space.  The students have thought about their areas requiring more support and have been very honest about how you and I can best help them.  I look forward to hearing more from them about their extra practice at home.  Thank you for the time you invest in our partnership.  They are well on their way to being ready to take the next step and become Intermediate students in Grade Four.  They should be very proud of their efforts.  
Today's challenge involved boat building.  We looked at some popular designs for speed boats and talked about what would make a strong boat.  Then we used plasticiene to design our boats.  The challenge was to design a boat that would float and hold as many passengers as possible.  We returned to the drawing board on many occasions  to change our designs. Some of the things that we learned about boats are:  if a boat is too skinny it will sink, if a boat is strong on the side and the bottom that helps it to float, if a boat is too heavy it will sink, an oval shape is a good design for a boat and sides on a boat are helpful.  As you can see, we had many great conversations and a lot of fun designing our boats.  Stay tuned to more creative challenges.  

Creative Challenges

We have begun our Creative Challenges.  Students are presented with a problem and given a challenge.  For this challenge, we needed to create something with a small piece of plasticene.  Here are some of our many creative ideas.  Watch for our next blog where we create "not a stick" items from sticks found on the playground.