Engineering Design Challenge: Aluminum Foil Boats

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Today in Science, Class 4A students were charged with the task of engineering boats with maximum floating capacity in order to hold the maximum amount of cargo (colored markers). At first, students were distracted by the concept of design, preferring to draw beautiful boats rather than consider the purpose of the boats. Once they realized that they really ONLY had ONE piece of aluminum foil, scissors, and their own four hands, they reconsidered their designs in favor of practicality.

We haven’t completed testing of all the boats, but so far our record is 43 markers!!! Can’t wait to see final results and give them a chance to innovate their designs.

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Guess away!

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Students geared up for our spelling test today by getting some practice using the words in a guessing game. In this game, students select one of the 20 words they’ve written from our list and give clues of meaning to help them guess. If I could make every lesson a game, I would. Its so encouraging to see students engage themselves in learning.

How do we measure up?

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This week in Health class, 4A students got some useful practice measuring in centimeters. In order to track their growth through the year, they helped each other to measure different parts of their bodies, including head, hands, and feet. We’re looking forward to checking back at the end of the year to see how they’ve changed.