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The Marshmallow Challenge

The Marshmallow Challenge

Students in #Room20 took the Marshmallow Challenge. “The Marshmallow Challenge is a remarkably fun and instructive design exercise that encourages teams to experience simple but profound lessons in collaboration, innovation and creativity.”

The activity has been done by adults of all professions. You can visit the website by clicking here. The activity was modified for elementary. We substituted small marshmallows for the tape and string. Students had to come up with a plan to create and build a structure that would support a larger (1) marshmallow at the top under 20 minutes. We had a 4th grade group winner (7 3/4 inches) and a 5th grade group and overall winner at (8 3/4 inches). The students had lots of fun and we took some time to reflect on how we could of done things better. We talked about what worked and what didn’t work. We will try this again. 

Thumbnail photo from: By Dvortygirl (Own work) [GFDL, CC-BY-SA-3.0 or CC-BY-SA-2.5-2.0-1.0], via Wikimedia Commons

Our MysterySkype with Ohio

We connected with Miss Land’s class in Mentor, Ohio. This was their first Skype and our second of the year. This was a special Skype in many ways. It was their first one and it was a chance to surprise Mr. Seliskar’s niece. Mr. Seliskar grew up in Mentor and his niece is in 4th grade there. He connected with Miss Land via Twitter to get the classes involved in the fun of a Mystery Skype and to surprise his niece. It was a fun time for both classes. They learned about California and us about Ohio. They were intrigued that classrooms in California walk right out to the outside due to the warm climate.

It was a great time and a nice surprise for Mr. Seliskar’s niece. Below is the video from the Skype.

O-H-I-O! from your friends in California!

Here are some of the questions we asked:

  1. Are you east (west) of the Mississippi River?
  2. Does your state border the Atlantic (Pacific or Gulf of Mexico) Ocean?
  3. Are you in the __ time zone? (Can add Eastern, Central, Mountain, or Pacific)
  4. Is your state in the __ region? (Can add Northeast, Southeast, Southwest, Middle West, or West)
  5. Is your state one of the original 13 colonies?
  6. Does your state border another country?
  7. Does your state border more than ___ states? (Fill in a number)
  8. Does your state have a coastline?
  9. Does the ____ River flow through your state?
  10. Does your state’s name have two words in it?
  11. What is your weather like now?
  12. What kind of climate do you have?
  13. Do you experience any extreme weather?
  14. Do you live in an urban, suburban or rural area?
  15. What crops are grown in your location?
  16. What are some animals that you might see in the wild in your area?
  17. What are some famous places, tourist attractions or events from your location?
  18. Are there any famous people who were born in the state or country that you are from?
  19. What is your state or country have a nickname?
  20. Do you border any bodies of water?  If so, please name it.
  21. What part of the world are you located in? What Hemisphere?
  22. Name one state or country that borders you.

Happy Mother’s Day

Happy Mother’s Day out there to the moms, aunts, grandmas out there. Just celebrating all the women in our lives that have helped us. Some students wanted to say “Thank you” and Happy Mother’s Day in a video card. Here they are, enjoy!

Click on the “playlist” below to see individual videos.

Digital Learning Day

Yesterday we used our Chromebooks and iPads to practice our podcast on California Indians. We used Google Drive to script the podcast, and now we are using Garageband on the iPads to practice the recording of our segments.

This will help with proper fluctuation in voice, flow and level of entertainment. Looking forward to publishing the final product.