(Their first attempt at making a flying twirler.... was a real hit; literally.)
Students have been working on science the way one reads a good book- all day long! They are learning to explore relationships between the size and weight of materials when building mobiles, marble ramps, cup ramps, spinners and twisters. By allowing students the freedom to manipulate all of the materials needed without too much explanation, they are being creative and figuring out for themselves what needs to be done. For Genius Hour, students learned to manage their time and work independently for the period. Some learned to plan more variations to experiments to ensure the time requirements, and others learned they needed to create a game plan for how to manage their time. The next Genius Hour will be next Wednesday.
Au revoir spelling tests... for now. Instead, classes across the grade are working on word sorts- a way to promote better spelling via learning spelling patterns and phonemic awareness. The kids have different spelling patterns to learn (ai, a_e, ay..... etc.) and have to organize their word lists, create a rule for the way they sort the words and work on a host of other activities- hans solo or in pair.