On Monday the students "set the stage" for our police station. They created badges and police hats, built a station and a jail, and started writing tickets and reports. We talked a lot before we started playing about how we are just pretending, and that no one is really being a law breaker or going to jail. We also talked about playing safe. The community law breakers can break the law by speeding, running a red light, or taking money from the cash register. We also discussed how police officers watch for positive behavior, so our officers can give out Tiger Stripes when they see people following the rules. They like that the best!
We also had ALO with Mrs. Belkind. We did a 3-act math task called "Dotty". The students watched a video that showed 6 dots with an accompanying beep. The screen then goes black, and you hear 4 more beeps. They had to ask questions and figure out how many more dots there would be, and what pattern they would be in. This was the first complex math task we have done this year, and they did great! It was so cool to watch their thinking and have them explain their reasoning. We will be doing many more of these with Mrs. Belkind.
Lastly, we did a STEM challenge with our 3rd grade buddies. The students had to build a tower that was as tall as a yardstick that could support an apple. They had so much fun collaborating and trying different strategies!
We talked about patterning and all the different types (AB, ABC, ABCD, etc.) We did an activity where the students started a pattern, and then we rotated and they had to solve and finish someone else's pattern.
We finished off our day playing our experiential center! We will be continuing with the police station this week, tweaking it slightly based on how the students want to play.
The students then had center free time, and we learned how to use Raz Kids on the iPads for math.