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Tuesday, July 15, 2014

Summer '14 Camp Digest - Day 2

Today students partnered up to work on communication and engineering design skills during a challenge that required one student to give verbal directions to the other in order to replicate a model made from K'Nex.  The partners really rose to this challenge and by the end they were asking each other questions for clarification and being very specific in their directions which resulted in successful rebuilds.

We also finished the timeline that was started yesterday and played some more Smartboard games.
The morning goes by so quickly!

Monday, July 14, 2014

Summer '14 Camp Digest - Day 1

Today was the first day of summer camp for my students.  This year I am offering 3 weeks for students who were in my homeroom.  I limited it to that group because I am looping up to 5th grade with them and want to offer extra support as we prepare to tackle another year.

Each day will be a little different from the others, but there will always be a bit of every subject woven throughout the morning.  For instance, today we began with a team work engineering challenge.  The 5 students who attended camp today worked together to try to build a house of cards.  They found this to be a bit trickier than they had expected.  After many attempts, they were able to figure out a few ways that would work for awhile but none of the housed stayed standing for long.  We'll try this again and see if they get better with practice.

Our 2nd challenge today was a red solo cup challenge.  I found this idea on Pinterest and was really pleased with they way that the kids worked together to line up 3 solo cups and then stack 3 more cups on top using just 1 rubberband with 4 strings attached to it.  Check out some of the pictures to see how they did.  There are moments when a bit of their teamwork could have included more positive language toward each other so we will work on that.  By the end, they were communicating really well and had defined a strategy that was successful!

Other highlights of the day included math games, reading a detective LaRue book, and working on a timeline.  One of the main emphases for today was to get the kids talking to each other and learning from each other with as little teacher talk as possible.  All in all, I would have to say it was a success.
Stop by tomorrow to read about the next adventure.