Okay, can you tell we are super excited about all the big thinking our students are doing during these challenges. I thought I would share some of the things we have been doing on my days for Thinking Outside the Box.
I posed the challenge, who could get the feather to travel the furthest? I told them they could use anything we had in the classroom/school. I asked them to first create a labelled diagram of their plan and include a list of the supplies they would need. The students were highly motivated to write. There is nothing better than looking across a grade 1 classroom and seeing everyone totally engaged in their writing. Once their labelled diagrams were done, the children started building. I just loved going around the room and hearing all their ideas. I especially loved hearing them chat, question and assist each other. For example, one student had built a plane and was putting the feather inside. His friend was watching and said, "Don't you think the feather will fall out when you try to fly it. I think you should tape the feather inside."
Here are some of the solutions:
|This student had taped a magnet to his feather and then threw it to the metal cookie sheet. It was exciting|
to see him use what he was learning about in Science (magnets) to assist with this challenge.
Science to Science Connection!!!!
|This was our second place winner!|
|This was the big winner. He had taped his feather to a ball and threw it across the room.|
Our school had a visiting Vietnamese music performance come to entertain us. As part of the show, one of the musician's shared a few instruments he had created himself. I thought it would be cool for the students to try to create their own instruments. We began by looking through some books of instruments and having a discussion about how instruments make sounds. I then raided the supply cupboard for anything I could find that could make a sound. The children were given an opportunity to experiment and explore the supplies Once again, I asked them to create a labelled diagram and supply list. Not only did this give them a meaningful writing task, but also gave me a chance to see what other supplies I needed to gather for the students to create their projects.
The criteria for this challenge was:
-it must make at least 3 sounds
-it could not be an instrument that already existed
|This one was pretty amazing. He wanted to make it like his piano at home with notes|
that would press down. Under each chopstick he put a different material so that each
would make a different sound. Pretty big thinking for a seven year old!
|This instrument had two sides. This side had different length and width elastics. |
It was neat to see them discover the different sounds they could make.
|I just loved the variety of this one. In fact, it was more like a one girl band than a single|
instrument. I'm not sure what those blue things on top are actually used for but they did
make a cool sound when she blew on them.
|I just loved this labelled diagram, complete with text boxes and wonders.|