Today while the students were making up/retaking the science test, the others did an enrichment activity. Of course, I still have a warm-up to keep skills fresh.
Afterwards, the students were given the opportunity to use STEM skills, imagination, and creativity. With this group, that is definitely not a problem! The scenario deals with a hypothetical crash landing on the moon and a list of materials that survived the crash. The task: prioritize the materials in order of necessity based on the realities of the moon's surface conditions. The crash occurred about 100 km (60 miles) from the lunar base so the astronauts will have to walk the distance. They can only carry so much hence the need to prioritize.
Some items are useless so this requires students to use their prior scientific knowledge. For example, while a box of matches can start a fire to provide badly needed warmth in an environment where the night time temperature averages -200°C/-328°F, there is no oxygen. No oxygen = no fire; no fire = no need for matches (plus, what is there to burn?).
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Afterwards, we continued with social studies. Tomorrow there will be a reading-based assignment in social studies to incorporate literacy skills which truly are crucial.