First Day Back!

After coming back from winter break, the fifth graders reviewed the decimal system by playing a game involving numbers with decimals. They also played “Name that Number” where they had five cards with numbers on them and a target card. The scholars had to find a strategy that included all of the cards and different operations to reach the number on the target card. They also learned about weather and climate!

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Welcome Back!, Session 9

It’s our first day back to class for the 2019 year! We began math with a fast math trick for multiplying double digit numbers. The class then started a new lesson of Binary numbers. The students initially get an understanding of base 10 then go onto converting decimals to binary numbers. After, teams get more practice using online games and videos.

In HackShop, students re-evaluated their goals from the beginning of the year to determine if they’ve maintained their goal or want to create a new one. While some teams complete past challenges, others start the next challenge using their creativity and knowledge of the Makey Makeys to create their own custom game controller.

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Back from Winter Break!

Today, Ms. Flowers did a very interesting experiment, which demonstrated how dependent and independent variables work. She later explained everything and taught the importance of asking questions. The scholars struggled with some vocabulary, but it’s okay to make mistakes. After that, they created more bridges! They created a warren truss bridge with Knex and worked together to create a bigger, stronger bridge. Another great day of learning from our mistakes to and move forward.

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Happy Holidays, Session 8

     Today was the last session of the semester. Classes were shorten due to our annual holiday party. In the math portion of class, students took a quick survey on their thoughts of the entrance exam and received information on scholarships. Teams continued their would you rather and pop quiz exercises for HackShop. The teams then went onto going more in depth using Makey Makeys, exploring different ways to use it including game controllers.

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Crime Scene Investigation!

The fifth graders had to investigate the crime scene where Red Riding Hood’s basket was stolen! There were four suspects: the Big Bad Wolf, Huey Pig, Dewey Pig, and Louie Pig. The scholars had to use different methods to analyze and figure out who was responsible for this crime. They examined the fingerprints, shoe prints, handwriting, white powder, and DNA that was found at the scene.

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K’nex Adventures

Today, the 6th graders started building bridges using. K’nex  in preparation for the bridge that they will present at the end of the year. The main task was to create a beam bridge and answer the question, “What would happen if you make a bridge longer?” After today, they will be able to construct their bridges  for 2019. Happy Holidays and a Happy New Year from the 6th grade!

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Triangle Phenomenon!

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Today, the 6th graders had the challenge to create a structure full of triangles. After building said structures, they learned six new words that pertained to bridge making. These new words were compression, tension, bending, torsion, snapping, and buckling. They will use these new words and create techniques to avoid any breakage in their upcoming bridge building.

 

Session 6, November 3rd

   In our first 30 minutes of class the students participated in a math warm up with Josh. Each table group did a word problem activity using whiteboards. We then reviewed the algebra word problem homework and the quantitative and math exams. In Hackshop the students continued working on their “hack the news” assignments. Some teams began their next assignment, “would you rather?”, using the Timble application.

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Egg Bungee

Today, the 5th graders learned about the decimal system and place values. They participated in activities that strengthened their knowledge of decimals and their values. During science, they conducted an experiment that included eggs, ziploc bags, and rubber bands. They had many trials and tests. They added more rubber bands each time to see how that would affect the distance the egg would travel downwards.

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