And there goes another year...
This week we hit the ground running with Destination Imagination instant challenges. The kids are working in groups of four to complete the challenges. There are task-based challenges and performance-based challenges. To get an idea of what they are doing I've cut & pasted an example of the two we did this week.
Task-Based Challenge: Your task is to BUILD a transportation device and use that transportation device to move 10 lost puppies to Puppy Paradise. In the center of the room is a bucket. This bucket is the Lost and Found, and there are 10 lost puppies (small plastic dogs) inside it. On the other side of the room is another bucket. This bucket is Puppy Paradise. Using the materials provided, build a transportation device. The transportation device should be able to move puppies from the Lost and Found to Puppy Paradise without letting the puppies touch the ground.
Materials: 2 sheets of paper, 4 mailing labels, 1 plastic spoon, 2 note cards, 4 paper clips, 2 chenille stems, 1 paper cup
Performance-Based Challenge: Your challenge is to PERFORM a story about a creature who is hungry all the time and the visitors who bring him food-filled bags.
The Scene: Once upon a time there was a creature that was hungry all the time, but nothing filled the creature up. One day the creature was visited by some strangers from a faraway land who brought bags with them, filled with food. The creature tried one food after another, and what do you think happened? Your challenge is to answer this question. You will perform a story about the creature, the visitors and the bags filled with food.
Materials: 3 paper bags, your IMAGINATION!
I was a bit apprehensive about the performance-based challenge, but they did great! Two groups tore apart 2 of the 3 bags they were given to make "food" to put in the 3rd bag. Clever! We will continue to do these challenges on a regular basis to get them ready for the Destination Imagination night next month. We have restructured the evening, so I won't be needing parent volunteers.
In math we are counting by 10s and doing a 100 workout where we do 10 sets of 10 different exercises. We are also continuing to work on word problems and adding and subtracting. In reading we are reading winter-related books, both fiction & nonfiction and working on the ow sound as in snow and blow..
It was a great first week back from break! This is the time of year that the kids start to really fly. I'm looking forward to watching their continued growth!
HOMEWORK: The following assignments are to be done Monday-Friday
Thanks you for staying informed!
I'm thrilled to be teaching my sixth year at HRCCS! I went to Chico State where I received a BA in Liberal Studies, a Minor in Latin American Studies and my Multiple Subject Teaching Credential. I taught 3rd/4th for eight years at a multi-age, project-based, performing and visual arts school in my hometown of Stockton. My husband and I moved to Auburn in 2007 to be close to the trails and raise our children, Robby (9) and Amaya (4). I enjoy painting, cooking, working in the yard, and eating my way through San Francisco.