Do you know about neurons? ClassDojo's Growth Mindset Videos

Do your students know about neurons?

Neurons Take-Home Bracelets - Class Dojo Growth Mindset

If you have been following along with Class Dojo’s amazing growth mindset series, you know how much the students are getting into it! My students have LOVED learning about developing a growth mindset and are learning so much! In Episode 4, we learned all about neurons and how we can promote connections between our neurons by trying new challenges! To encourage my students to share their new learning with their families, they decorated these fun bracelets to wear home! Want some for your students? Click the cover picture above!

Do you know about neurons? ClassDojo's Growth Mindset Videos

Symmetry with Pattern Blocks

Symmetry Fun

Symmetry with Pattern Blocks

We had lots of fun learning about symmetry this week! Besides the lesson in our math book, we did all sorts of great activities to practice creating symmetry. We have our standardized tests next week, so we enjoyed doing some fun activities to unwind and relax before our long week.

Symmetry with Pattern Blocks

First, we did a symmetry gallery walk activity. Each group got rulers and either pattern blocks or base ten blocks. They had to create half of a design on one side of the ruler. Then they had to collect the pieces someone would need to make the other half be symmetrical. This step is VERY important. Students that didn’t pay attention to that step created problems for the students that later tried to do the second half. After the students were done, they had a chance to walk around and choose another design to finish. Once they finished the design, they got to mix up the pieces and create a new design for someone else to finish. They loved creating designs and walking around to see everyone else’s designs!

Symmetry with Base Ten Blocks

Our next activity was probably my favorite! I took pictures of each student in front of the whiteboard. Then I went into PowerPoint and cropped each picture so it was cut in half – right down the middle of the nose. I printed them out (I used color, but you could also do it black and white) and surprised each student with their “half of a face”. I used an example to show them how they could use a ruler to measure to best match the other side of their face. Some however chose to just “eyeball” it. Then they mounted their picture on construction paper to post in the hallway! Some turned out amazing, others struggled, but they will make great memories for their family!

Symmetrical Photos Classroom Activity

Lastly, I wanted to do something for Valentine’s Day that incorporated symmetry into a Valentine’s gift they could give to family members. I found this great post on Pinterest – Create Art with Me: Valentine’s Day Projects. I decided to use the bookmark idea to create Valentine’s Day bookmarks using symmetry.

Symmetry Bookmarks

Go to the blog post for all of the directions. I let my students create any design they wanted. Some obviously turned out better than others, as with any craft, but overall it was definitely a success.  Instead of using packing tape, I just laminated them. If you don’t have a personal laminator for your classroom, I highly recommend it! So what symmetry activities are you doing in your classroom?

Symmetry Bookmarks

Class Dojo Big Ideas - Chapter 3 - The Power of Yet

The Power of Yet

My students finished episode 3 today of Class Dojo’s Big Ideas series. We are learning all about developing a growth mindset using these great videos. Today’s episode focused on the “Power of Yet”. We had great discussions about not saying “I can’t do this”, but instead saying “I can’t do this YET!”. Then we watched a fun music video from Sesame Street (only a few students groaned, but they enjoyed it once it started) about the power of yet. My students had such great discussions about the power of yet, that I wanted them to remember to share everything they learned with their family. I created some “Power of Yet” take-home bracelets and was curious how the third graders would take it. Would they complain and think the bracelets were for “little kids”? Surprisingly, they LOVED them! One student even said, do we get to keep these? We quickly colored them and used a stapler or tape to attach them. Unfortunately, I forgot to take a picture of them in action! Sorry! We are expecting a snow storm in Iowa tomorrow and the kids were so wound up by the end of the day – I was lucky to get them out the door on time! You can still download the bracelets to use with your students! There are a few different options and all are meant to be decorated by the children – so there aren’t any extra decorations to them. Click on the cover below to download them for yourself!

Class Dojo's Big Ideas - Episode 3 - The Power of Yet Free Take Home Bracelets