Today we worked on our cookie monster problem. We had a variety of different strategies, and we all got the same answer. A few got different ones, so we talked, is this a problem that has one answer or more than one? We figured out that it only has one. After 10 or more shares, we confidently thought the answer was 22. So we checked in with Act 3 and our solution was right!
Today we started our Cookie Monster 3 act task. We watched a video: https://gfletchy.com/the-cookie-monster/ (just watch the first video) and we talked about our thinking and wonderings. As you can see they were very curious ;) just not about the math aspect lol so I had to lead them a little. We then talked about about our essential questions: How many cookies did the monster eat? Or how many cookies are left?
They then had to come up with a list of things they need from me. We made an estimate that was too high, too low and just right. Lots of discussion about what made it too high, too low. And why are estimates were just right. They had some great thinking. Then they partnered up and talked about what they were going to do once I gave them what they needed and how they were going to attack the problem. Then...that was it! For today anyways! Tomorrow onward!
Today we worked on counting the objects you sent in. First we counted by one's. The discussion they had, was about how long it took. And how they didn't like counting that way! They then got to count a different way of their choosing. We talked about why they chose that way. Then we even started talking about grouping (multiplication/division)!
Today during Google Time, we had lots of creativity and innovation happening!
*Making a castle out of shape blocks-with booby traps and sensors.
*Earth day signs and notes to display during Springtacular.
*A box of notes for people to take with advice on how to save the Earth.
*Research on dinosaurs
*Rocket ship to take you around the Earth-for animals and humans!
After working (day 3) on our tree problem, we shared some more strategies and thinking. We talked about what strategies helped us, how mathematicians talk with one another about problems, how we know there is only one answer so if we don't match, what should we do? I am very impressed! AND after 3 days, they DID NOT WANT THE ANSWER!! I smiled soooo big at that! Many might be trying this at home tonight! :)
Today in writing workshop we were studying antonyms again. We had 9 bags of our memory game and 24 kids. We did some math to figure out how many students would be in each memory group! It was tough, and they told me so! We talked about how sometimes numbers don't evenly divide! I told them they did a little bit of division! We will do many problems like this in the future but I thought it was great how eager they were to attempt the problem and the great strategies they used!
Part 2 of the tree math problem! They are so excited and energetic about this problem! Lots of thinking, collaborating and strategies being used. We still didn't even get done today! We discussed how sometimes it will take us days to solve a problem (any problem-not just math), and how we are persevering and thinking flexibly. It's been a great problem to reflect and share on during math workshop!
We've been learning about communities in Social Studies this week. We talked about what a community is, what are the different types of communities (urban, suburban, rural), looked at pictures and then brainstormed what does our community have, what can we do and what do we love about it! They came up with some great thoughts! I was impressed!