Thursday, March 17 - Water PBL celebration (@ night TBD)
Monday, March 21 - World Water Day
Wednesday, May 11 - Aquarium field trip
As we bore deeper into our water project-based learning (PBL), one of the main goals of this first PBL is to learn how to work together as a team. We are practicing compromising, problem solving, planning and presenting. As you can imagine, these skills can even be difficult for adults! Our students are working hard researching and communicating. Today (Friday), we played some games to lighten the load and really discuss some of the ways we can improve our team work.
Here are some of the ways the students came up with to work well together:
Cleaned up well!
Here were some challenges:
-Time management - Sharing
- Assigning tasks - Compromising
It is clear that there are many challenges to group work! We will continue working and building as the project continues.
Bar Model Math
I have received some confused and even frustrated faces from my students about this new concept in math. Bar models! Here is a quick run-down on bar model math:
Originating from Singapore math and now used in Math In Focus, it is a strategy in math students can use to help figure out word problems and which operation would be best to solve the problem. It can be used as a part-part/whole format or as a comparative format. Click here to find out more (see bar models helping solve fraction problems!)
This strategy does not, per se, solve the problem for students. However, it does help students visualize and conceptualize the problem.
Run down of the week:
Reading: Research for water PBL (note taking, looking for main ideas, asking questions to guide reading) and spring ORF (1 min reading assessment)
Writing: Writing for PBL and opinion letters (why we should choose our own seats in class)
One of the second grade teachers at QAE. Read this blog and stay up-to-date on classroom activities.
|Ms. Thibault's 2nd Grade||