During March we took the CMTs, our state’s standardized tests. They turned out to be pretty easy as long as we gave our best effort.
But we worked so hard in the mornings – silently and by ourselves – that we needed to do something active, noisy, and with partners in the afternoons. So Mr. Salsich challenged us with a construction project.
We had to work in groups to build a marble maze that would make the marbles reach the ground s-l-o-w-l-y.
Here is a video about our mazes, and what we learned from the project:
The project was fun but challenging. As a class we spent a lot of time talking about the things that didn’t work – “mistakes” and “failures” – and how we could learn from them.
We also watched this cool video about a 7 year old boy that made a Rube Goldberg machine, and we talked about how he wasn’t worried about failures at all.
(If you enjoy construction challenges, PBS Kids Zoom has lots of great ideas!)