Today we began the new unit in literacy with an eventual emphasis on realistic fiction. I introduced the class to our rotation groups. I have the class divided up into five different groups. The groups will change in a few weeks once I get the fall MAP scores. As for now, I just have them grouped roughly based alphabetical order or grouped based on how they interact. Each day, I am hoping to have the groups do two different stations. The literacy class will start off with a mini lesson then rotations, followed by a 20 minute lesson on writing.
In science, we are beginning our unit on Molecular Biology, which is really just a health unit. We will be doing a Project-Based Learning activity that will take time. Students will be designing Field Day activities that will be appropriate for physical exercise.
Here is the scenario:
Mr. Bennett has decided to have a field day a month from now! Students at Winget Park will compete in different outdoor games and activities. Each class will earn points depending on how well the students from that class perform in each event. The class that earns the most points will win a big prize. We are determined to win!! However, we need to prepare in order to win. To prepare, you will need to design a series of exercises to improve your fitness level.
How can you design exercises that will improve your fitness level over time?
Today was only the introduction so not a lot was accomplished. Students were grouped based on where they sit. They were given time to discuss what they wanted to do and even start initially planning things out.