Before the winter break, 5th grade finished watching the A&E videos that listed the top 100 most influential people of the last millennium. This week, they used the Depth and Complexity icons from Sandra Kaplan to think a little deeper about the people on the list. They spoke about the trends they saw, (such as war about religion), the ethical controversies over time (such as slavery), and other topics.
In addition, they continued to work on Genius Hour projects. I was particularly impressed with two groups who had hit some tough obstacles with their projects, but they persevered – and their persistence has paid off. We almost have a working wind-up car, and an interesting tetrahedra circle was created – despite many stops and starts!