Wednesday, October 17, 2018

September/October in 5R

It's hard to believe that a month has passed since my first blog post.  We have accomplished too many things to document in this post, so I hope your children have been informing you of the things they have been learning.  Here are some photos of some of the highlights:

Saving Pennies Club - The challenge was to design a boat out of a 1-foot by 1-foot piece of foil, that would hold more pennies than any other.  We found that the largest rectangular design worked best. It held over 200 pennies!

On September 25th we had an all-school celebration after students filled the alpha-bit jar for the 2nd time this year.  We enjoyed decorating the parking lot with chalk!

In math we worked on helping Brad box his baseballs.  Each baseball required 1 cubic unit of space within the packing box.  Brad was shipping 2 dozen baseballs per box.  Students created as many different shaped boxes as they could with a measurement of 24 cubic units.  I'm sure your child could explain more to you about volume, if you ask!

Engineering Design Process
Our first science unit involved learning about the engineering design process.  This high interest unit culminated with each student building a catapult to solve a problem:


Problem:  Two Lego men named Bob and Jack aren’t getting along.  
They are about to go to battle. The town has decided that they may
design a catapult to help them in battle.  The town council agreed
that they may both only use the supplies provided by the town.

The supplies each man will receive are rubber bands,
two sizes of popsicle sticks, mini marshmallows,
one bottle cap

If you were Bob or Jack how would you design your catapult
so you would have the best chance of winning?

The design process:

Let the battles begin!!

Grand Champion: