Friday, November 23, 2018

Depth of Knowledge


It was a short but insightful week. Here are some highlights. 

Salty Bananas

In exploring the properties and history of everyday substances, we used bananas to demonstrate the dehydrating and therefore preserving qualities of salt. 

Day One

Day Ten

Yum, right? 

Our Brilliant Resource

To Know or Not to Know

"What is it?"

"It's a motorcycle!"

So, if you knew a lot about a motorcycle or other object, would you see it differently than someone who only knew the basics (i.e. the form vs the function)? That was a question we began to wrangle with this week. 

A bigger question: Why not know more? 

So with a couple schematics we've set the stage to discuss the value and depth of knowledge conceptually.

What is 12? 

Answers will vary over time, of course. 

Serendipitously, some visitors from the future happened by to share some seasoned ideas. 

Hummingbird Effect

We started talking about bird circulatory systems and the kids discovered new things in themselves, like pulse, heart rate and now ways diet can impact health. 

The Great Bottle Challenge

The kids have been challenged to determine the number of plastic water bottles it would take to fill up our classroom. I may scale this down to the space filled by consuming two bottles a day for a year. For now, it was satisfying to see them struggle with the initial question. The brain grows when challenged. And math is more fun when it's hands-on.

To be continued.

Fribrary Visits

Every Friday afternoon the kids spend time with our wonderful librarian Ms. Yaa. I popped in and saw that they were selecting "good fit" books for the coming short week. 


If you elect to have your child practice skills on IXL, Multiplication Fluency (G.1 - G.5) in Math and Identifying Story Elements (F.2) in Language Arts would be helpful. Otherwise, any slightly challenging sections would be worthwhile. 

No School Monday

Enjoy the long weekend, again. 


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