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 201637213210789_image.JPG In Mr. McNeil's class students are using many different habits of thinking as they create, design, and communicate to create their own friction lab. Part of the materials the students use to create their frictions labs are called “Makedos”. Makedos are part of Wyandot’s Elementary K-Industry grant that will lead to the creation of innovation zones throughout the school. Innovation Zones provide a creative environment and space for students of all ages to build prototypes, explore questions, fail and retry, bounce ideas off one another and build something together. These spaces don't always include technology, since some prototypes and designs can be built out of anything many include technology. The enrichment team is working very hard to put together these innovation zones.
 20163721250127_image.JPG Fourth graders participated in a Mock Trial when Retired Ohio Supreme Court Justice, Andy Douglas, visited. After a review of the constitution and the three branches of government, seven justices (students) were selected to decide a case. The Prosecutor, Jason, presented the state’s case that the potential criminal’s fingerprints should be taken to prove that he committed the crime. The defendant’s lawyer, Emily, spoke to the judges about the Fourth Amendment to the Constitution which protects people from unreasonable searches (fingerprints) without probable cause. The audience thought flexibly about whether or not the defendant’s rights would violated if his fingerprints were to be taken. In the end, the justices voted 4-3 to have the defendant’s fingerprints taken. The students later found out that this was an actual case that was decided by the real Ohio Supreme Court, and they decided the same way, to have the defendant’s fingerprints taken. The fingerprints did match and the defendant was found guilty of the crime.

In Mrs. Schuth’s physical education class, students are learning how to collaborate in groups to learn and practice jump rope skills. Group work allows them to practice how to communicate their ideas with confidence. Students are being challenged to think flexibly to create jump rope routines and are using perseverance as they practice and refine their skills for performance.

 201637211112677_image.JPG Ms. Youkers' kindergarten classes have been thinking creatively to design ways to make the number 100. To help celebrate 100's day, the students were asked to find 10 pieces of 10 different items and design their own 100's day poster. The children used a variety of items, such as: stickers, mulch, seeds, nuts, small rubber bands, letters, dog biscuits, and shapes. Also, the students had fun building structures using 100 blocks, Legos, Lincoln Logs, Tinkertoys, and geoblocks. They had to think creatively to design their creations.

Second graders are encouraged to solve math problems using efficient strategies. It’s exciting to see them confidently share their strategies with one another. They are learning from each other, asking questions and persevering to work through challenges. Ms. Lehman’s students are developing great habits and becoming strong mathematical thinkers.

 201612017232447_image.JPG Mrs Hackathorne's fourth grade Language Arts students have been learning about making connections between the text of a story or drama, and a visual or oral presentation of the text. The students first learned key similarities and differences of prose, poetry and drama, by examining favorite books, poems and plays and the elements of each. Students then collaborated to create dramas of a favorite book. They are off to a great start demonstrating their creative and innovative thinking to bring a favorite text to the stage.
 201612017201067_image.JPG ​These two third grade students, Mia and Sadhana, shared a common interest in manatees. They started doing research together before winter break. During winter break, the two girls collaborated on their slide show using a Google Sheets document. They were excited to share their final product with the class. They definitely communicated their newfound information with confidence!
 20151211152252507_image.jpg Students used The Six Thinking habits in many ways during the launching of an informational writing unit in Mrs. Unger's class. They used the Thinking Habits of "Asking Questions" and "Collaborating with Others" in order to brainstorm and determine appropriate topics for this writing unit. They collaborated on ideas and took suggestions to pick the best topics to match their interests. Students also used the Thinking habit of "Thinking Flexibly" by using a graphic organizer to think on how best to narrow a topic for writing and formulate good topic ideas for the paragraphs in their writing pieces.
 20151211151925875_image.jpg Fourth grade music students are using their creativity to compose their own “STOMP” inspired pieces. Students watched the performance group STOMP, which creates percussion music out of everyday items. The fourth grade classes then created a huge list of items that we could play like a percussion instrument - by striking, shaking, or scratching. They created themes from these items and then each student selected the themes they were interested in. Currently, they are collaborating with their interest-based groups to create their pieces. They have written rhythms, deciding on their instruments, and practicing layering the rhythms by playing them at the same time. Often this is a difficult task for all students in the group to play 4-5 different rhythms at the same time and they must learn to persevere as a group to accomplish their piece. Next week they will communicate their final ideas by performing their pieces for their class. It will be an exciting week in fourth grade!
 20151211151627432_image.jpg With the Thanksgiving Holiday coming up, we took some time to think about what the word Thankful means. Using the Enrichment Habit Thinkers Collaborate with Others. Different Kindergarten groups made posters of things that they are thankful for. They presented the posters to the class and shared what they are Thankful for.
The First Grade celebrated the 50th day of school!
We connected this celebration with our social studies standard--Photographs, letters, artifacts and books can be used to learn about the past. The students
a topic they
interested in learning about (technology, school, clothing, transportation, or entertainment).
​In the morning,
students researched the topic and compared what life is like now compared to the 1950s.
​In the afternoon, each group communicated their new knowledge to the rest of their class. They were asking questions about how things were in the 1950's, collaborating with others to create a poster to share with the rest of the class and communicating their learning! ​During Related Arts, they learned how to do 'The Twist', 'Bunny Hop', and 'The Hand Jive'.
​Happy Days!​
Mrs. Theado's class had been studying weather and using weather tools to help us measure the weather. A few weeks ago we had a lot of rain, so we were excited to see how much precipitation our rain gauge collected. However, when we went to check on it we noticed that it had fallen over! This led us to ask questions such as, "What caused our rain gauge to fall over?" and most importantly, "How can we make sure it doesn't fall over next time?". The students then collaborated in groups to create a solution to our problem. After that, they communicated their ideas to the class. The class had the opportunity to ask each other questions about their solutions and defend it by communicating how they were solving the problem. The students voted that burying the rain gauge deeper was our best solution. We tried it out and...it worked!
In 3rd grade students are communicating ideas with confidence. They are taking ownership of their learning targets each day!
In Miss Kersey's class students are talking about persevering and conquering challenges. They wrote letters to children at Nationwide Children's Hospital and chose to have a "pink out" to celebrate and honor the patients that were affected by cancer. How creative and kind are they?
 clark enrich photo.JPG Students in fifth grade work collaboratively and think flexibly, as they infer meanings of unfamiliar portmanteau words and nonsense words, in poetry. Next up! Creating their very own portmanteau words!
Enrichment practices are embedded into the art process. All six habits of Asking Questions, Collaboration, Creating and Innovating, Persevering, Flexible Thinking and Communicating ideas with confidence are incorporated into art lessons across grade levels. This video demonstrates the process at the beginning of the planning for three large collaborative projects involving all 4th and 5th grade students.
In the Cognitive Education class, students worked on a self discovery project where they learned about their gifted characteristics, learning styles, and multiple intelligences. Each student had to put these pieces together into a presentation of their choice. Here students are sharing their ideas with confidence.​
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