Saturday, March 9, 2013
SOL #9- Mar. 9th Robots
Today is day 9 of the Slice of March challenge - writing a slice every day through March. This is run by Stacey and Ruth through their blog "Two Writing Teachers".
Friday, robots took over our classroom! I have had a student teacher for the past 3 weeks and she has been teaching 3D geometry for math. As our celebration to end the unit, the children were in 4 groups to create a robot using the found materials they had brought in.
What a fun afternoon! Cooperation, critical thinking, laughter, even art all worked together to produce four very different robots, as well as some miniature ones to accompany their bigger cousins.
It was such a joy to watch the children solve problems, share materials, and create their robots. The end of the day came too quickly.
And now we have a week off for March Break.
As Lisa and I discussed the afternoon adventure, we both lamented the lack of time to share their creations,
So we planned for another afternoon on the 18th, to measure the robots, write their stories cooperatively and then share them with the class.
As I tried to stress with her (as she herself said), this project was so rich - in language, in learning, in cooperative work. Solving problems like how to balance the robot on its cylinder feet, add brains to one's head (loved that decision!) or just what to use or discard were all wonderful to witness.
We are both looking forward to Monday.