Archive for the ‘3 – 21st Elective = C3’ Category

Wednesday 27 February 2013

Wednesday February 27, 2013

Mousetrap Race Car Results

Speed Event (fastest to go past 5 meter mark): 

1st – Oscar at 2.1 seconds

2nd – Aidan & Robb at 3.3 seconds

3rd Cameron & Landon at 5.1 seconds

Total Distance:

1st Olivia & Nikko at 24.5 m

2nd Liam and Chase at 19.5 m

3rd Owen and Quinn at 19.0 m


Monday 25 February 2013 – Mousetrap Car Critique

Monday February 25, 2013

This is your last entry for this elective – part of Chapter 4, Mouse Trap Cars.

1. Describe your car – materials used, dimensions, etc.

2. Draw – top, side, front end, back end views – with dimensions/measurements.

3. Discuss the engineering challenges that you faced.

4. Discuss the engineering successes that you have had.

5. Predict how well your car will do in the competition: Speed at 5 meter point and Total Distance

21st Century Skills Tuesday 8 January 2013

Tuesday January 8, 2013

In class today:  Today was the final class time for building bridges.  When finished, students were to EACH do a final report in their composition book/folder that they keep for this class.  The information to include is:

Final Bridge Report

Bridge Company Name:

Names of all Employees:

Total number of Tooth picks used =

Weight of Bridge + Land (in grams) =

Number of visible triangles and arches

Front  triangles =                arches =

Side/End    triangles =                 arches =

Top      trianges =                 arches =

Company estimate of weight  that it will hold =

Final drawings (all 3 views) and description of bridge

21st Century Skills – Tuesday 11 Dec. 2012 – late post

Wednesday December 12, 2012

For our warm up, bridge companies used the Story Cube dice (each group had the set of 9) to practice some improv story telling.  They were to do three rounds of story telling – three times through all 9 die.

The rest of the elective period was spent on bridge construction.

21st Skills Elective – Friday 7 December 2012

Friday December 7, 2012

Students worked on their bridges.  All seven companies finished preparing their land and started construction.  Due to some off task behavior – primarily from 8th grade, each bridge company is now receiving a daily “on-task” score.  A few companies earned “2” but most companies earned “3”.

21st Elective – Wednesday 5 December 2012

Wednesday December 5, 2012

Students got with their bridge groups and drew out plans for their bridge – front, side/end and top views.  Each student was to copy the plans in their journal/folder.  Once the plans were completed, groups obtained land from Mrs. Du Houx (one group went on search of better cardboard from the recycle bins), drew out the base/land and then used exacto knife or box cutter to cut out their land.  A few groups even started construction.

21st Skills Elective Monday 4 December 2012

Monday December 3, 2012

We began with some improv, following the alphabet.  The whole class told a story – the scene was being at the mall, but each person had to start their portion with the next letter of the alphabet.

After everyone got the idea, students numberer off by 3 to form three smaller groups and do the same thing – story telling following the alphabet.   The first person was to set the scend.

We then switched into three new groups (all girls, 8th grade boys and 6th/7th grade boys) and students had more experience creating a group story while following the letters of the alphabet.

We then switched gears and began talking about our upcoming bridges project.  Mrs. Du Houx went over the requirements and then let students self select into groups of three, with one group of two.

Students then copied down the building criteria (see link:3_Bridges ) in to their journals and began making plans on how to build.

21st Elective Thursday 29 November 2012 – Late Post

Monday December 3, 2012

We began with students adding any information they had learned by our end of class structure building the previous lesson.

We then moved on to improv – what it is, and its rules.  Students were given a copy of the ruless (see link:2_ImprovRules ) and taped it in their journals.  We then practiced some improv stories – in groups of four using the Magic cards.  After a few rounds, students wrote in their journal about what rules they did well with, and which ones they need to work on.

21st Elective Tuesday 27 November 2012

Wednesday November 28, 2012

Warm up: Each student pulled 3 random cards and then used the images to create a story that they told to a partner.

In class today: We reviewed our building activities from the previous class by looking at pictures taken during that class and discussing strategies different groups used.  Students then set up their composition books or binders with a Table of Content, then made their first entry 1: Building a tall structure (using magic).  These composition books/binders/spiral notebooks will be kept in class.

Once  the first entry was finished students could try new techniques for building tall structures out of Magic cards.

Next class we will be doing more improv story telling and discuss the bridge making challenge that we will start next week.

21st Tuesday 20 November 2012

Tuesday November 20, 2012

HW: Bring a composition book, or a small 3 ring binder with paper to class on Tuesday 27 November.

In class today: We began by explaining that this class is about skills that are important to have for the 21st century, with a focus on Creativity, Collaboration, and Critical Thinking – hence C3 or 21st century skills.

Students filled out an index card with their name, homeroom and two truths and a lie – in any order.  Mrs. Du Houx then read each card and the class members had to vote on what they thought was the lie for each student.

Next students got into groups of 2 or 3 from at least two different grades.  They then used old commons Magic cards to build the tallest structure that they could without adding or taking away anything from the cards or folding, bending or harming them.  At first students struggled with this, but some creative thinking and observation of what other groups were doing got us to a height of 28 cm for a legitimate tower, and 59 cm for thinking out of the box.