Tuesday, April 19, 2016

Day 7 - Second Passion Projects

Hats off to another day of incredible learning! These “experts” taught, demonstrated, experimented, and impressed us with their knowledge. On this day, we learned about Adrian Beltre, the pros and cons of a sewing machine, the history of basketball, the history of Play-Doh and how to make it at home, 3D drawing, war dogs, the solar system, how to make an edible water bottle, dachshunds, and we learned some interesting facts about a few safe cars.

 Here’s a sneak peek into this day’s wonderful learning ~ enjoy!

Sunday, April 17, 2016

Day 6 - Second Passion Project Presentation

With almost 130 fifth graders, our incredible Genius Hour (or Passion Projects) continue. We're still learning from "experts" galore.

On this day, we learned about the Beatles, optical illusions, goats, Albert Einstein, what it takes to be a painter and an effective hunter, the negative effects of smoking, the pros and cons of tanks, Robert Downy Jr., how humans are similar to gorillas, stop motion movies and how they're made, how to make a shelter and a fire, Anime, the Titanic, Canada, the acoustic guitar, watched a milk and soap experiment in action, the Eiffel Tower, sugar gliders, dogs and the colors they see, Emmitt Smith, and the Warriors basketball teams.

Saturday, April 16, 2016

Day 5 - Passion Project (Genius Hour) Presentations

More Passion Projects occurred for our learners! On this day, our "experts" taught us about Pediatric Oncology, the pros and cons of hoverboards, what the future might look like, the difference between a 20 gauge shotgun and 243 rifle, the difference between aluminum and wooden bats, all about labradoodles, global warming and its effects on arctic animals, Pearl Harbor, Osmo and its different games, Michael Irvin, the Bermuda Triangle, various spiders, and how to do a DIY project to help with school work and organization. What a fun and educational day!

 Here's a sneak peek into these fabulous presentations. Enjoy!


Thursday, April 14, 2016

Day 4 - Second Passion Project

We continue to be taught by some fabulous "experts" in the classroom.

Today, we enjoyed learning what it's like to be a game warden, all about the osprey and how it catches fish, we learned about law enforcement (cops), we learned about Haiti, mechanical leverage, how to survive in the wild, how color blindness affects people, the sinking of the Edmund Fitzgerald, the history of sniper rifles, France and what it's like, backyard biology, watched milk create "magic", how Play Doh was discovered, and we were told all about elephants, cats, and four kings of the Bible. What a fun and educational day! I'm so proud of our "teachers!"


Tuesday, April 12, 2016

Day 3 - Passion Project Presentations

Today we enjoyed more "experts" presenting their passions. We learned about Post Traumatic Stress Syndrome (PTSD), fishing and various lures, pros and cons of owning chickens, the history of soccer, sign language, the life of an orca (killer whale), the sinking of famous ships including the Titanic, the characteristics of three snakes, red pandas, and gymnastics with disabled children.

Here's a sneak peek into this fun and memorable day! So proud of our experts!

Monday, April 11, 2016

Genius Hour Presentations - Day 2

Today, we enjoyed more Passion Project presentations (Genius Hour presentations). Our experts were incredible! I love seeing my students' passions!

We learned about one of our classmates who lived in Germany, the different stages of Alzheimers, how to ride a Segway,  the pros and cons of Hoverboards, how the Volkswagen was used in the army, how a student became closer to God, the history of the MLB, the red panda and how they aren't good with people and why, how to make rock candy, Victorian dolls, how crystals are made and how to grow homemade Borax crystals, random acts of kindness we can show others, 4 types of doctors and what they do, how scabs are formed and how they prevent us from getting infections, about giants and their differences from normal-sized humans, and the Chernobyl disaster.

Wow! Here's a little sneak peek into this educational and memorable day! Enjoy!


Saturday, April 9, 2016

Genius Hour in the Classroom (AGAIN)

Do you do Genius Hour in your classroom? It's been one of the most incredible, memorable, and engaging things I've added. We've completed two projects this year, and I'm so glad I evaluated the pros and cons and went with it.

Check out my students' first day of their second Passion Projects. Students research, and present, on a topic they're passionate about. On this day, we were “wowed” with topics such as what it's like to be a firefighter, we learned about the history of drones and how useful they can be, the pros and cons of airplanes, how to build a doghouse, how to make wacky sacks (we all got one of these to keep and take home), how cars are made, how the DEA was involved in bringing down one of Colombia's largest drug dealers, Pablo Escobar ( we all got DEA ribbons and stickers of our own), we learned about the spinosaurus, the Bermuda Triangle, and we heard the results of a sports survey taken by our fifth graders.

SO proud of these "experts"! Here’s a sneak peek into this fun and educational day!