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Construction Problem Solving

 Posted by on January 29, 2013  Content Recommendations  Comments Off
Jan 292013
 

Do you have students who love inventing, designing new things, or working with machines?  Then we have the perfect digital content suggestions for you!  Engage your students’ problem solving, critical thinking, and spatial relations skills with these construction challenges.  Each challenge involves placing a series of parts in the correct locations and/or adjusting parts to result in a functioning machine.  Each functioning machine completes a task such as directing a ball into a bucket or focusing light through a magnifying glass.  Students are able to test their machines anytime during the building process to help them revise their machines to work more effectively.  Several levels of difficulty are represented to challenge a wide range of abilities.  Dish It Out and Launch Ball even allow students to create challenges for other students to complete.

Implementation Idea

These challenges would be most useful for individual student problem solving and/or for small group cooperation at a center.

Extension Idea

Have students bring in materials such as cardboard boxes, tin cans, string, empty milk cartons, etc. and move these online activities into the classroom by setting up an area for students to practice hands-on construction and problem solving by creating their own machines that complete tasks.

Suggestion #1 — Dish It Out

Students set up ramps to get the Mysterious Dim Sum ball into the take-out container.

 

 

Suggestion #2 — Tinker Ball

Students create a machine with an assortment of objects that will help the ball reach its goal.

 

 

Suggestion #3 — Goldburger To Go

Perfect the Rube Goldberg invention so it can deliver lunch to everybody.

 

 

Suggestion #4  Rube Goldberg Burglar Catcher

Make adjustments to the Rube Goldberg machine to get the burglar catcher working correctly.

 

 

Suggestion #5 — Mechanical Madness!

Put the missing parts into the correct positions on the kinetic sculpture to move the ball from the start to the finish line.

 

 

Suggestion #6 — Launch Ball

Slide, bounce, and spring your way through obstacles to direct the launch ball to the finish.

 

Bloom’s Taxonomy: Applying

 Posted by on January 23, 2013  Content Integration Ideas  Comments Off
Jan 232013
 

This is the third in a series of six posts dedicated to Bloom’s Taxonomy: Teaching Higher Order Thinking Skills with Interactive Online Content. Two previous posts on remembering and understanding can be viewed here and here.

Level Three: Apply

This level includes the skills of solving, illustrating, showing, classifying and completing. These activities require students to use their knowledge in a new situation. Students move beyond basic identification or comprehension and apply their knowledge of one or more concepts to answer more complex questions.

Here are four examples of digital content for applying:

 

 

 

 

K-2 — Foam Phonemes

Students select foam letters and letter combinations to shoot into the air where they can join their selections to create words.

 

 

 

K-2 — Classifying Lost Animals (StarrMatica Member Content)

Students sort animals into the correct rooms according to named characteristics.  (You must be logged in to StarrMatica to access this content.)

 

 

 

 

3-6 —  Symmetry Grid

Students apply their knowledge of symmetry to finish symmetrical patterns or to create their own symmetrical drawings.

 

 

 

 

3-6 — Main Idea Enrichment II (StarrMatica Member Content)

Students read short newspaper articles and apply their knowledge of main idea to write appropriate headlines which can then be compared with the editor’s title.  (You must be logged in to StarrMatica to access this content.)

To learn about more activities for remembering and to discover resources for understanding, applying, analyzing, evaluating, and creating, sign up for StarrMatica’s free Webinars: Bloom’s Taxonomy for K-2 and Bloom’s Taxonomy for 3-6: CLICK HERE TO REGISTER

New Numbers K-2 Lesson

 Posted by on January 21, 2013  Content Additions  Comments Off
Jan 212013
 

StarrMatica’s K-2 Lesson on Numbers has launched!  This lesson helps students learn to identify numbers, match numbers to names, understand the number zero, understand one to correspondence, compare numbers, and identify odd and even numbers.  A school theme is used to relate new learning to a student’s previous knowledge and experiences.

A few highlights of the lesson include:

Crack the Code – Students type the numbers they hear or the numbers they read into a keypad to unlock a surprise.

Make A Match – Students match numbers, number words, and objects to help their teams score touchdowns in this fun football challenge.

To access these resources, login and choose K-2 Lessons.  Then choose Numbers from the Math menu.

Bloom’s Taxonomy: Understanding

 Posted by on January 8, 2013  Content Integration Ideas  Comments Off
Jan 082013
 

This is the second in a series of six posts dedicated to Bloom’s Taxonomy: Teaching Higher Order Thinking Skills with Interactive Online Content. The first post on remembering can be viewed here.

Level Two: Understand

This level includes the skills of explaining, predicting, restating, discussing, outlining, and comparing. These activities go one step beyond basic skill building by requiring students to demonstrate comprehension of a concept.

Here are four examples of digital content for understanding:

 

 

 

 

K-2 – Give the Dog A Bone

Students demonstrate their understanding of a hundreds square, place value, and skip counting by identifying the correct square hiding the given number.

 

 

 

 

K-2 – Who’s Hungry?  Comparing Treats (StarrMatica Member Content)

Students demonstrate their understanding of the relative size of numbers by comparing amounts.  (You must be logged in to StarrMatica to access this content.)

 

 

 

3-6 – Large Addition Regrouping

Students demonstrate their understanding of multi-digit addition with regrouping by adding with manipulatives.

 

 

 

 

3-6 – Firefighter! (StarrMatica Member Content)

Students demonstrate their understanding of a main idea by identifying a main idea in a series of possible sentences and constructing a paragraph.  (You must be logged in to StarrMatica to access this content.)

To learn about more activities for remembering and to discover resources for understanding, applying, analyzing, evaluating, and creating, sign up for StarrMatica’s free Webinars: Bloom’s Taxonomy for K-2 and Bloom’s Taxonomy for 3-6: CLICK HERE TO REGISTER