|Ms. Fox's students explore with Lego materials on Day 1 of our next Engineering Unit!|
Our SMARTS focus this fall:
Ensuring that students get the opportunity to use many of their Multiple Intelligences is central to my program. So far this year, all challenges have been about using our Picture and People Smarts.
Picture Smarts are officially known as Visual/Spatial Intelligences. This intelligence is about learning visually and organizing ideas spatially. Students see concepts in action in order to understand them. Working with these "smarts" allows students the ability to "see" things in one's mind in planning to create a product or solve a problem.
People Smarts are officially known as Interpersonal Intelligences. Using these smarts, students learn through interaction with others and promote collaboration and working cooperatively with others.
Let two PK students show you how these smarts work together!
So, while the Monarch Larvae prepare to enter their adoptive homes ( aka the classrooms) for in depth study, other projects are happening in Think Tank.
|Monarch Adoption Center! All larvae are now safely in loving classroom homes!|
So... What's happening in each of the grade levels already? Let these pictures and videos be your guide. Enjoy!
(Science, Engineering, Math and Technology) concepts.
|Felt shapes to create with in one of the "Picture Smart" centers|
|GeoBlocks to create patterns|
|Working together to build with gears.|
|Felt patterns and creative design fun!|
Explaining patterns at the drawing center!
|"Wow! I see four now!"|
|Exploring Science Picture Books|
|Massive collaborative effort with a big group! That's hard work!|
K-4: All of these students have just begun various Lego units about Simple Machines! In addition to the STEM content covered in this unit, students are strengthening a number of Habits of Mind including "Listen Actively", "Collaborate and Inspire Teamwork" and " Use What You Know, Transfer Learning". Students are taking on a variety of challenges based on their grade level. The pictures below exemplify what a GREAT job they are doing at inspiring teamwork. It's not an easy task compiling ONE model with a group of people! Students are using their PEOPLE and PICTURE smarts in these challenges!