This week the GT cuties showed strong focus, energy and effort on their projects. Here is what is happening in room 211 these days:
1st grade: Straw Bridges
Construction is well underway for our 1st grade GT cuties! Each student is building their own bridge out of plastic drinking straws and scotch tape. Based on a design and plan that they drew, the students are solving problems and using critical thinking at each turn.
2nd grade: Underground Ella
The 2nd grade cuties have a name for their Cinderella story - Underground Ella. They began writing the script this week. First, everyone downloaded the Google Docs app. That enables them to be able to type, edit, and comment simultaneously. They are working together like a strong team and they are feeding off one another's creativity in such a delightful way.
3rd grade: Speedometry
What do you get when you combine Mattel Hot Wheels, ramps, and GT cuties??? An awesome project!!! The 3rd graders began a new project that is sure to accelerate their thinking. This activity will really ramp up their thinking too ;-) Their first challenge is to build a ramp that will make the Hot Wheels cars go the farthest distance off the ramp. The cuties are loving this project so far!
4th grade: The Great Paper Airplane Factory 2.0
In response to student request, the 4th grade GT cuties are doing a new version of a project they did in the past. The Great Paper Airplane Factory 2.0 kicked off this week, and the cuties are really into it! The students suggested ways to increase the difficulty and fun levels on the project, and they are getting what they asked for! So far, they have formed companies and chosen company roles (President, Treasurer, Vice-President, Marketing Director). They have also selected a company name, logo, and slogan.
5th grade: Festival de Eanes - movie making contest
The three movie making teams have made great progress this week! Their primary goal was to complete the script for their movie. They used the Google Docs app to accomplish this goal. Amazingly, this app permits multiple users to create documents at the same time. They can all see, type, edit, and comment simultaneously. The GT cuties got into many deep discussions and debates while sculpting their scripts. Once they finish the script they will make a storyboard and start planning the filming portion of the contest.