Tuesday, March 25, 2014

An Ode To Doctor Who, Snow and Spring

Seriously we are done with snow.

Monday, March 24, 2014

A Little Fun with March Madness Unit Study and Star Wars

We are using the enthusiasm of NCAA tournament as a unit study to explore healthy debate habits, math concepts (decimals, probability, statistics, percentages, mean, median, mode and averages, writing algebraic expressions) and geography(history, geography and culture of a state, city or region).   Using inspiration and concepts from the following resources:

Selena @ Look We Are Learning has nice worksheets for young children.
Byrdseed : Academic March Madness
The Compass: March Madness Lesson Plans

Some families are even using brackets to learn the Presidents. (Washington vs Jackson).

While searching for ways to make this interesting and fun I have found that Lucasfilm released a Stars Star Wars March Madness bracket pitting the Light Side of the Force against the Dark Side. The March Madness competition being played out in the bracket will be held online, where fans can vote on who should win each day’s face-off. I know most of us have had our fill of Star Wars, but this is proving to be an interesting and engaging discussion. The whole mythology of Star Wars lends itself to great character character analysis.  Plus it is just fun. 
 analysis. Plus it is just fun. ;-)


Thursday, March 20, 2014