While my homeroom was in "China", the other class I teach visited Colonial Times in Computer Science. They had a virtual reality experience focusing on the Revolutionary War. This was super great because we have been studying the Revolutionary War in Social Studies! I love it when us teachers can collaborate to create transdisciplinary experiences for our students!
Last week, students started DARE with Officer Fulton. In the first lesson, they were working on Resistance Strategies. Students were given a situation by Officer Fulton that they had to use resistance strategies to overcome.
In Social Studies this quarter, our essential question is "What lasting effects have travel and interactions had on the spread of culture?" In the student's language, "Why does history matter?" We have been looking at lasting effects of historical events to prove "Why history matters," specifically, exploration, the 13 colonies, and the American Revolution/Revolutionary War.
Students collaborated in groups and wrote lasting effects for each event on post-it. Groups shared out and students critiqued each other's answers. It was great to see students ask for more details or to be more specific and clear!
Students also worked with the Foundry Gurus to create Fraction Pizzas based on their given situations. Students had to answer critical thinking questions about their pizzas, create equations, and write a follow-up word problem that relates to their original situation. Students did a great job thinking critically, collaborating, and persevering!
Healthy eating is always a hot topic in education. Our District Food Services Department came to our school and put on a healthy eating cooking class. The selected students made black bean and corn salsa, and the rest of the students got to try it at lunch. I had the opportunity to try it too and it was yummy! I've included the recipe below so you can make it at home too!
One of our school Habits of Mind is "Collaborate." We teach, live, and breath collaboration. One of the ways we teach socialization, problem-solving, and conflict resolution is by game day on Fridays. Students form groups and play a variety of old-fashioned board games. They laugh, smile, and enjoy collaborating and socializing.
I also started "Peer Tutoring" within my math classroom. The tutors are demonstrating that they really understand the content at a deep level by teaching it to their classmates who have yet to master the topic. I think Peer Tutoring also helps students learn compassion and that everyone has strengths and weaknesses. The students do a wonderful job collaborating and learning from each other!
I also teach and practice collaboration (and math skills) through games within my content. Again, this is a great opportunity for students to learn through each other. The game below was practicing changing improper fractions to mixed numbers (NF 5.4). I found this resource here.
We also played a game called "Closest to 25" to practice adding and subtracting fractions and mixed numbers (NF5.1). This website has tons of great critical-thinking, collaborative activities.
Students also collaborate and then have to present their work to the class. I think adding the presentation aspect to assignments adds another dimension of critical-thinking and mastery.
Happy Collaborating Everyone!
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