Either way, it was an excellent opportunity to think outside the box and work together on an activity!
Monday, November 14, 2016
This week, 3rd graders have to "Help Harry"! I got this lesson idea from The Teacher Studio to do an introductory activity on teamwork to help harry, a small little craft puff with large eyes, see as far around the library as he can. The students got a bag of materials and a roll of tape to build something for him to see as high as possible without compromising his safety. They really got creative! Many students commented that they liked the challenge, and some got frustrated like in the Most Magnificent Thing book (image from bn.com)
Monday, November 7, 2016
We are gearing up for some STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Math) activities, as well as the Hour of Code (December) in the library! This leads us to conversations about working together and teamwork. This week, we have been reading Howard B. Wigglebottom (I LOVE this series; it has great teachable moments). Image from bn.com
Then groups worked together to 1) set a goal, 2) work towards it and 3) celebrate it. Each group was given a 24 piece and a 100 piece puzzle and 8 minutes to accomplish it. They worked as a team towards their goal (even if some realized as they began that they set their goal too high), whether it was completing a whole puzzle, doing just the edges, etc. In the end, each team had their own success and celebration!