1/21/20 Happy New Year!! We have added new friends to our Target family. I am so excited to see our program growing. We are staring our new unit--Mission Impossible. Students will begin learning the roles robotics play in our word today. They will discover how critical, convergent, divergent, and evaluative thinking skills will help them to solve real word problems. Students will also see how coding and robotics can be applied to solving real world problems. We will also be doing a novel study this year. Students will be reading the book House of Robots by James Patterson. Every student will need their own copy because they will have homework at times and need the book to complete their assignment.
Homework this week is to read chapter 3-4 and complete the answer the questions:
Describe your “breakfastinator” and what it would serve.
What does "E" stand for?
Also they practice the coding activity we did in class. This information should be behind Tab 2 in their binder. Please email me if you have any questions and I am really looking forward to this next semester.
Thanks Mrs. K
10/8/19 Great day!!! We got to go to the river!!! The kids were very happy. We gathered our samples and then returned to the classroom to run ALL 6 test. The students were put into groups. They worked one on one with me to run their assigned test. They will be doing this independently for the first time on 10/22/19. The Lewis Streamers are working hard to understand our watershed and why it is important to protect this water source. As students were running test, the others had time to play cognitive thinking games. They love these games!! The kiddos took their first Hands on Equation assessment. Overall they did a great job!! We have a few misunderstandings but we will work through those next week. As the students finished they completed a few logic puzzles. Great way for them to use their convergent thinking! I LOVED the students inventions. They did an AMAZING job showing their creativity (Divergent Thinking). They also presented the information about their inventions in creative ways. I can tell that they really thought through this assignment and I could not be more proud of the results. Homework: Fill out the "I WONDER" graphic organizer. They are supposed to list all the things that they wonder about and might possibly want to research.
Conference Week is next week--I will be popping into as many conferences that I can. Some students have been scheduled at the same time. If I don't see you and you have any questions please contact me. Looking forward to seeing several of you next week and have a great week.
Thanks Mrs. K :)
10/01/2019 Hey Target Family: I hope everyone had a fun-filled Fall Break. I have heard about many of your trips and they sound amazing. We had a great day today!! We started our day discussing the Cholera epidemic that hit London in 1854. The students had to use their convergent thinking to track and identify the source of this mysterious epidemic. The kiddos did a great job working together to determine that this disease came from the water supply. We then moved into a writing activity where the students began to write a persuasive letter to a gentleman who is building a cabin near the Tullah River. He is throwing the garage on the hill next to the river. The students need to explain to him why this a problem, share their opinion, and give him a solution to solve the problem. This will take a few weeks to complete but I was very happy to see all their good ideas as they began to draft their thinking. We worked on Lesson 5 with Hands on Equations. The students are really picking up on this concept very easily. I am thrilled to see their confidence and excitement when solving the algebraic equations. I will be assessing them next week to see how they are doing. For our affective lesson, we discussed CREATIVITY (Divergent Thinking). We talked about what qualities an inventor must have to create/develop new ideas. Each student was given a toilet paper roll---their task is to create a new invention. They can use just the one toilet paper roll or add more to their creation. This will be their homework this week--this will be due 10/8/19. They will need to use their inventive skills to create something new. I can't wait to see what they come up with!! Enjoy the rest of your week and see you next Tuesday. Thanks Mrs. K :)
9/17/19 Hey Target Family: Today was a busy day!! We did our next Hands on Equation lesson where the kiddos learn about LEGAL MOVES. They did great moving the HOE pieces to show how whatever is done to one side of an equation must be done to the other side. I am very impressed with how quickly they are picking up this new way of thinking. After algebraic thinking, we moved into our Unit Study. First the kiddos were given a topic to research and then they taught the rest of their classmates about their topic. The kids learned about pH, dissolved oxygen, turbidity, and phosphates. Then--WE GOT TO GO TO THE CREEK!! It was only to pick up a few sample jars of water so we could continue our training on the chemical test they will be doing. The kids got to see how to check the dissolved oxygen, turbidity, phosphates, and we titrated on of the samples we collected. This took some time to go through since each kiddo wanted to see how the processes worked. I was very proud of their attention and I am looking forward to seeing them in action after break running the test themselves. During our affective lesson today we discussed curiosity. First we analyzed this quote: “Around here, however, we don’t look backwards very long. We keep moving forward opening up new doors and doing new things, because we are curious … and curiosity keeps leading us down new paths.” ~ Walt Disney We discussed curiosity and then read one of my favorites--Curious George. We want them to see why being curious important and how it is important in a person’s life. The kids took a curiosity survey and I was happy to see that they all seem to enjoy learning and trying new things.
Homework this week Logic Puzzle and Critical Thinking Question (We started in class--they may have finished)
Fall Break is nest week--I will miss seeing you all but hope you have a wonderful break!! Have fun and RELAX!!!
See you in October-- Mrs. K :)
8/27/19 Hey Target Family- It was a rainy, crazy day today! We did not get to go to the creek due to the rain but the kiddos did share their Water Projects. They did an amazing job!! I loved all of their creativity and enjoyed hearing about their body of water. The kids went above and beyond. I am very proud of them!! We began to talk about water pollution today. The kids continued to work on their Life is a River Vocabulary book. They received 4 more words today. If they did not finish this is class they will be working on the water cycle and water pollution vocabulary words for homework this week. This be due next week on 9/2/19. They each have a Target Notebook on Office 365. I added several links there to help them with their assignment. Today we also started our Affective lesson--What is character? We will be looking at this topic through out the year. We are specifically focusing on the following questions:
How do character strengths and virtues help us and others to be our best selves?
How can I recognize the use of character strengths and virtues in others?
How can I choose which character strengths to use in differing situations to achieve both academically and personally?
How can I use character strengths and virtues to be a positive and productive community member?
Have a great holiday weekend and see you all next week!!
Thanks Mrs. K
Hey Target Family- We had another great day!! We began working on our algebraic thinking today with Hands On Equations. We actually started this last year but after the review today I am excited to see how much they remember. They did amazing!!! After they finished they worked on a Logic Puzzle which helps them problem solve. The River Unit is moving right along as well. The kiddos started a vocabulary book today. I will be introducing different parts of this unit and as we move through the information they will be extending their vocabulary. This will be mostly done in class and will be a grade by the end of the semester. We also learned about pH levels-Acid, Neutral, or Base. We tested the pH with many different types of water (vinegar water, salt water, tap water, baking soda water, lime water, coffee water, soapy water, cleaning supply water, and Mr. Pibb water). They did a great job and I was very impressed on how they read the pH meter. We will start testing our RIVER water next week. Please have boots and be ready to collect some data. We are still working on getting into the swing of things in the Target room but I know as the weeks continue they kiddo will get to where they need to be.
Please don't forget to bring Target binder every week and their Water project is due next week on 8/27/19.
Have a great one and see you next week!!! Mrs. K
Dear Target Families- GREAT FIRST DAY OF TARGET!! I LOVED seeing all the kiddos today. They were a bit talkative today but I am glad they were as excited to be back in Target and being together again. We had a busy day. We organized our Target binders. We also discussed the learning targets and target protocol. This info is in their binder if you would like to check it out. Please remember that the students will need their binder every week. We started our River Unit. We toured the stream area where we will be getting our samples and the kids loved being outside. We discussed rituals and routines for being outside. We also discussed the amount of salt water and fresh water that covers the earth. They did a great job making predictions and we compared their thoughts with actual data. We also did a STEM activity today where the students were given a certain amount of supplies to build a flying machine. They did a great job using their divergent (creativity) and convergent thinking (problem solving). I also loved how they worked within collaborative groups and communicated their thoughts respectfully with one another. I posted pictures on our Class Dojo--Check them out!!!
Homework for this week if behind tab 1 in their Target binder. Here is the info: The Water in Our Lives… For this activity, you will reflect on the significance of a body of water in your life. You may complete this activity in any way…poster, book, report, etc… Include all requirements, and think of a unique way to present this to the class. Take pride in your work! 1. Select a picture of you in or near a body of water. (No swimming pools; water in its natural environment, please.) 2. Give the name, location and description of the body of water in your picture. 3. Research and include any important historical events related to this body of water (any battles, famous crossings, important cultures, etc.) 4. Describe the personal experiences or memories you have related to this body of water. Explain why and how this body of water has made such an impression on you. 5. Research and describe the ways this body of water is used today. Assessment – You will be assessed in the following areas: Divergent Thinking – unique presentation, one of a kind idea Relationships & Connections – in-depth research Communication - information is communicated clearly both verbally and/or in written form Self-directed Learner – set high standard for work
This will be due on 8/27/19. They will share their project with the class.
I am looking forward to our new year together and please contact me at email@example.com if you have any questions.