In honor of Thanksgiving and because it was such a short day, it was the perfect day for the Superstars to get cooking!! We practiced reading and following a recipe, discussed fractions and how we use them to measure and of course made and enjoyed a special treat! Every student had a chance to lend a hand in our cooking project and they were delighted! The pumpkin pudding turned out to be absolutely delicious!! Before digging in, we said how we were thankful for all the learning we have done so far this year, then we enjoyed every bite. We even got a little bonus whipped cream. :) The students also used the recipe as a chance to practice their functional text test taking skills with a little quiz on the back. I hope all the superstar chefs and their families have a lovely Thanksgiving and enjoy some quality time together over the break. In case you are interested, I sent the recipe home with the kids and am uploading it to the newsletter page on the website. Happy cooking! :)
There is a new toy on the market called Goldieblox and I just love everything that it stands for! It is a toy that gives girls a chance to be engineers! The superstar class is filled with female mathematicians! How empowering is it for girls to know they can become whatever they want to be when they grow up! I wish these had been around when I was little!
Here is an interesting article I read about Goldieblox and other toys marketed for girls:
If 3 Little Girls Did This To My House, I'd Do Everything I Could To Get Them Full Rides To Stanford
By: Adam Mordecai
Fewer than 3 in 10 graduates in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics are women. And barely 1 in 10 actual engineers are women. Early in a girl's life, the toys marketed to her are usually things that don't encourage her to enter those fields. GoldieBlox intends to change that by teaching them while they are young that these fields can be fun — and apparently epic, by the looks of this super-genius 2-minute video. Watch and learn.
We spend a lot of time in class talking about setting goals and working hard to achieve them. We have discussed that some goals are school/work related such as: "I want to read above grade level by April" or "I want to score a 90% on my next reading street test." Other goals are more personal, such as: "I want to learn how to skateboard" or "I want to learn how to cook a new recipe." The kids have been tracking their school goals in a goal folder that will be sent home every so often for sharing with families. During our discussions about goal setting, I shared that I had set a personal goal to run a 5K. We discussed how this goal was difficult for me to reach (as I was NEVER much of a runner) but it was achievable (I didn't start out with trying to run a marathon). I explained how we have to make plans to help us achieve our goals and then stick to the plan. My plan included running 3 times a week and signing up for the Color Me Rad run in Oct. Well, I SORT-OF accomplished my goal. I did run in the 5K. However, I did have to walk for about one-third of the way. I had a great time and am already thinking about my next 5K where I will strive to run the entire time. I hope this will inspire some kiddos to set goals and work hard to achieve them! Ever since the kids heard about my race, they have been dying to see photos so I thought I would share them here. Enjoy the color craziness!!
This week we are focusing on finding solutions to problems. I would love to hear about a time YOU solved a problem! Respond to this post by telling me about a time you came up with a solution to a problem. Quality answers will earn an automatic CLIP UP! :) Happy posting!