We are in the midst of the SAIL Inventions Unit, and everyone is using Divergent Thinking and brainstorming fantastic ideas. We have discussed the Engineering Design Plan that students also use in their STEM classes. We’ve talked about Critical and Creative Thinking, constraints, designing, and modifying. Each grade level has a different challenge. 5th graders have learned about Rube Goldberg and will design a Rube Goldberg-type machine with at least five different steps. The challenges are 1) drop a ball into a cup, 2) drop a cup over a ball, or 3)pop a balloon. 4th graders are designing a balloon-powered vehicle that will travel in a straight line and pop a balloon. 3rd graders are building something that will deliver a message at least 15 feet without throwing or rolling it.
The students are working in groups of 2 or 3, designing plans, making lists of supplies, and building. SAIL teachers have some materials and the balloons, but students should find odds and ends at home to make their devices. A number of students have utilized empty water bottles, parts of toys and games, rubber bands, boards, stryofoam, cardboard, and string. Many students have raided recycling bins for parts. All work on the projects will be done in class. Parents can help by reminding students to bring materials to school each week, but work on the project itself will be completed by our students.
Groups will present their projects during the week of November 30th. The District-wide SAIL Inventions Fair will be on Wednesday, December 2nd at Skyview Elementary School from 6:30 -8:00. We are sure you will be amazed at the creativity of our students!
As part of the Inventions Unit students use creative and critical thinking skills to tackle a variety of complex challenges. The unit utilizes a process that focuses on hands-on inventive thinking, tapping into creative skills. Each student will go through a process to choose a problem and create an invention to solve that problem. The students have an inventions log that guides them through the process.
In the Research Unit students will learn researching skills. The students will choose a topic and go through the process of researching that topic. Each student will have a final project based on her/his research. This product will then be displayed at the ISD 622 Research Fair. The date and location of the Research Fair will be determined in early September.
In this unit, students learn basic algebra. They will transform a given abstract equation into a physical model and then proceed to solve the equation through use of “legal moves,” which are the physical counterparts of the mathematical principals involved. Each year, students build on knowledge and principals learned in the previous year.
Please remember that we are able to meet with each group for only a short amount of time. Please help to remind your child to be prepared for SAIL classes. Good behavior and being prepared for class are very important. If behavior becomes a problem, students will receive only one warning before being asked to leave the group for the day.
In this unit students work on developing higher level reading and thinking skills as well as basic comprehension in listening to and thinking about works of literature.
In this unit, students in 1st grade complete math activities that provide a connection with a different picture book each week. Second grade students learn about different numbering systems and practice using the Egyptian numbering system to further their understanding of place value.
Students learn how to gather factual information as they research a variety of animals. They present the information they have learned in a formal manner.