Games Creation and Origami

Hi parents,

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With our class titles and focuses changing so often (every 2 weeks) I want to be sure that you know how to view the course descriptions of each one. Within the course descriptions you can see the academic goals that the teacher has laid out for the students for that 2 week period. You’ll find that though the class content changes often, the academic skills that we are emphasizing stay consistent and go deeper with each unit. 

 When you go onto your child’s Canvas account you’ll see a ‘Dashboard’ that looks something like this.

When you go onto your child’s Canvas account you’ll see a ‘Dashboard’ that looks something like this.

 ‘Computer Science’ and ‘Intercultural Studies’ are your students’ broad, overarching themes for this quarter. If you go into Computer Science you’ll see Modules titled like this. Weeks 5&6 are what we are currently in.  Under each module title you’ll see a page that says ‘Course Description- Name of Class’.

‘Computer Science’ and ‘Intercultural Studies’ are your students’ broad, overarching themes for this quarter. If you go into Computer Science you’ll see Modules titled like this. Weeks 5&6 are what we are currently in.  Under each module title you’ll see a page that says ‘Course Description- Name of Class’.

 Having clicked on that Course Description page, you can view the teacher for that class, a brief description, and 2-3 academic goals that your students will be practicing for that 2 week period. 

Having clicked on that Course Description page, you can view the teacher for that class, a brief description, and 2-3 academic goals that your students will be practicing for that 2 week period. 

Hopefully you are already familiar with navigating Canvas, and have seen these kinds of Course Description pages! I wanted to highlight it again however, as we near the end of the quarter. You’ll be able to see how classes having been building on each other.

Now, enjoy a few pictures from our week!

 In our “Wait, What!” Language Arts class, students are learning the skill of providing clear, detailed, linear instructions. They are practicing this by developing a set of instructions to their own board game! After analyzing the instructions provided in 2-3 board games, they each put together a list of components they wanted to include, from object/goal, to rules of the game, game setup, scoring, and even warnings regarding choking hazards of small game pieces! 

In our “Wait, What!” Language Arts class, students are learning the skill of providing clear, detailed, linear instructions. They are practicing this by developing a set of instructions to their own board game! After analyzing the instructions provided in 2-3 board games, they each put together a list of components they wanted to include, from object/goal, to rules of the game, game setup, scoring, and even warnings regarding choking hazards of small game pieces! 

 “Board? Create a Game!” Is the Creative Arts sister class to “Wait, What?”. In Mr. Cameron’s board creation class, students were assigned to small groups of 3, and given a set of materials to construct their own board game. The emphases of this class have been on innovation and collaboration.

“Board? Create a Game!” Is the Creative Arts sister class to “Wait, What?”. In Mr. Cameron’s board creation class, students were assigned to small groups of 3, and given a set of materials to construct their own board game. The emphases of this class have been on innovation and collaboration.

 “1,000 Paper Cranes” class is about more than just folding paper. Students are learning to follow visual instructions with great attention to detail, with the kind of repetition that produces a noticeably better product in just a short amount of time. In that way, their perseverance is affirmed and creates enthusiasm to push forward when encountering difficulties in learning something new. Problem-solving and diligence become habit. Though it is a small, 2 week project, they have taken to heart the verse from Luke 16:10a which says, “One who is faithful in a very little is also faithful in much”. They are working with faithfulness to complete 1,000 of these paper cranes, by next Friday! 

“1,000 Paper Cranes” class is about more than just folding paper. Students are learning to follow visual instructions with great attention to detail, with the kind of repetition that produces a noticeably better product in just a short amount of time. In that way, their perseverance is affirmed and creates enthusiasm to push forward when encountering difficulties in learning something new. Problem-solving and diligence become habit. Though it is a small, 2 week project, they have taken to heart the verse from Luke 16:10a which says, “One who is faithful in a very little is also faithful in much”. They are working with faithfulness to complete 1,000 of these paper cranes, by next Friday! 

 Mr. Streeter is using Origami to teach introductory principles of Geometry.  Check out this article  to read more about the many academic benefits that can be drawn from using Origami in school!

Mr. Streeter is using Origami to teach introductory principles of Geometry. Check out this article to read more about the many academic benefits that can be drawn from using Origami in school!