Third grade students were introduced to their first lesson Hands on Equations lesson. They used a number of manipulatives to solve these problems.
Second graders used their deductive reasoning skills to play a challenging round of "Fiddle, Faddle, Flop," and then sharpened their mathematical-logical intelligences by solving two interesting number puzzlers.
While our students enjoyed their nutritious snacks from home, we discussed the logic behind the Bell Clapper mystery exit question from last week. We also read and examined a poem entitled "What is a Mystery?"
Mrs. Bullard, our newest member to the Target Team, has a friend who owns a candy factory. He is looking for a kid-friendly recipe for a new candy bar and has asked Sope Creek students to participate in this quest! Teachers brainstormed with their classes what ingredients are in chocolate and then examined what other factors are necessary to know in order to make chocolate. We determined that the amounts of each ingredient and the procedure used to mix these items were of critical importance. We also explored the fact that cocoa beans grow on cacao trees that grow in warm climates south of the equator in Brazil and along the Ivory Coast in Africa.
The children were delighted to discover that the owner of the chocolate company was anxious for their help. He asked each class to develop criteria to evaluate three different samples of his chocolate and then taste each sample to determine which one was best!!! We developed a hypothesis, prior to our taste test, to name the sample we thought looked the best.
For our home extension activity, each child will develop his/her own chocolate recipe for the perfect chocolate bar and will write this recipe neatly on the special sheet we sent home. Students may bring in samples of their recipe for the class to try if possible. We are all very excited about this assignment!