Much like our Wind car trials in science, I had the children build paper airplanes for two days and figure out which on they wanted to enter into the contest. One child went home and watched you tube videos and built a plane that passed all the others. I didn't put many restrictions on their planes only that they had to fold their final one independently on a special piece of paper I gave them the final day.
We flew in the cafeteria for the contest and then went out side for more fun. There was so much sharing , clapping, encouragement and fun! What a fun way to fly into the next grade and end our final day.
The children earned another AR party so this time I decided to be seasonal and do some Valentine engineering challenges with some fun! I gave them two timed challenges. 1) Make a candy chute and roll all of your heart candy into a cup using very specific dimensions, materials and time limit. We started by reading an informational article on how we have used chutes in the past, present and future and how they act like incline planes something we studied and worked with in our pumpkin math/science unit. 2) Make a tin foil barge carrying candy hearts that floats and not sink in a tub of water. We must be able to see all the candy hearts.
Stop motion apps require practice , patience , time, planning and a bit of humor. As we start several new units in fractions, poetry and pirate club the stop motion app will be useful. Trying to learn it myself took several attempts and much trial and error. It involves numerous well though out sequential steps. I understand now what I am asking the children to do.
So, here is my sample to brighten my mood that I will use to teach the children how to introduce themselves with a I felt with my busy week ahead and it being the week before a long break requires teachers to stay calm and carry on.. :-)
The children will be asked to do something similar after watching several videos using a variety of materials including clay. They also watched while using the LCD TV, I walk through the process of making a small video using their ideas.
iMotion app is free
Below are a few pictures of how we set up each desk as a work station and a few children working. They all did an excellent job for their first attempts this year. One boy even figured out how to 'toss ' a ball though a hoop using pipe cleaners. Not one pipe cleaner was seen in his movie! They had a few directions- 1) Not to capture the hand moving or placing objects. 2) Their 1st name and one thing they liked in any form. 3) Under 1 minute