Summer SAVY 2016 (Session 3, Day 4) – Dive into Design
We had a whirlwind day of activities and hands-on learning! Tomorrow is the Open House in our classroom! The students have been working really hard on their pool models and they are excited to share them with you. We will still have more finishing touches to put on the models after the Open House, such as measurements of items around and in the pool, but you will get a good general idea of how hard they have worked when you see it tomorrow. The time for the open house is from 9am-9:30am, and it is in our classroom.
Today, we discussed partitioning items and objects and what they means. Students were given a long strip of construction paper and I gave them directions to fold their whole strip in halves and guess how many parts they were creating. We began with halves, then went to fourths, then eights, and all the way up to sixteenths. I asked students to try to figure out the pattern (2,4,8,16…) and tell me what would come next if we made another fold. I was so impressed when one student said, 32! We then discussed the pattern. We also talked about the parts that made up the whole. This was an introduction to fractions and they really go it.
We also read two books and discussed ideas from the books. Those books were, What do you do With an Idea? and Millions to Measure.
Next, students measured and partitioned their pools and placed lanes in them. After that, they made bushes for the perimeter. They also constructed a table with an umbrella. We will do the fence tomorrow and then students will measure everything in their model including, the perimeter, lengths, widths, heights, volume, area, and they will label the objects around the pool. We will also practice more measuring, perimeter and area. I am looking forward to seeing you tomorrow!
More to measure with immeasurable learning, tomorrow!