What a wonderful day in Target! Went spent the start of our morning waking up our brain with some puzzles and teasers, then we dove in to the Ozobots. This time, I gave the students large sheets of white butcher paper, and they were able to draw their own pathways and experiment with different codes on their own. The students loved making their robot pause, go “turbo” speed, make u-turns, turn around and go another way, follow their name in cursive, and on and on… We are certainly using our Convergent and Divergent Thinking Skills! We also connected our Ozobot coding to Habit 2: Begin with the End in Mind.
For Learning Skills, we built candy corn towers with candy corn and toothpicks. You can tell by the mess in my room that is was great fun! How was this a Learning Skill? We were learning to deal with frustration! The tricky part was the candy corn breaking if it were pierced from the side. We practiced perseverance and flexible thinking. About half of the students were able to transition their thinking and try using BROKEN pieces of candy corn to build. The broken pieces actually worked better, but some students could not get over the idea of using WHOLE candy corns for all the joints. The tallest tower was a monstrous 7″. This activity was much more challenging than than the students thought it would be.
In Learning Centers we used recyclables to make something useful. Students received a Mystery Bag with a set of materials: an empty waffle box, a couple of toilet paper and paper towel rolls, a sheet of laminating film, 2 pieces of string, a strip of crepe paper, 4 straws, and some rubber bands and paperclips. The odd assortment turned into many useful products: a shoe, a double decker bag, a mop, a fishing pole, binoculars, an oven, a bowl of spaghetti, and a kid’s game. It was a lot of fun!