Saturday, August 31, 2013

Week one - CHECK!

What a fabulous week with my Pathfinders classes!  We accomplished a lot and planned for the future. On the first day, students from 1st and 2nd grade came to Jamestown.  These students had some engineering fun with gumdrops, marshmallows, and toothpicks!

 They were also challenged to construct the longest linked chain with only a piece of construction paper and tape. Our winners chose a combination of big links and smaller links.  Congratulations, girls!

Before all this engineering, we discussed how the two sides of the brain work, then we made our own thinking caps!  Here are a few on the table:

On the right side, we wrote CREATIVE and on the left CRITICAL.  

3rd and 4th grade students missed our day together because I had training to attend to :(  However, this week is going to be fun for both them and me!

The big project that we worked on in both 5th and 6th grades is called Body of Needs Map.  We talked about Glasser and his five needs that all people have:  survival, fun, power, love and belonging, and freedom.  We made lists of things that we like to do by ourselves, with friends, and with family.  Then we got in groups of 3 or 4 and created a body map.  One person was traced and then the body was decorated creatively to include an example of each of the needs.

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