Hello all! Last week we culminated our concussion PBL unit with the 5th grade dropping their “helmets” from the roof of our building. We have worked for a few weeks now doing everything from concussion research, SKYPE with a neurologist, real life stories/connections and now a student made device to simulate a concussion. Mr. Lee our lead facilities dude at SMES dropped our boxes from about 30 feet. The kids did a test drop earlier from a chair and recorded their results and made modifications. They were only allowed to use a Kleenex box as the “helmet” cotton balls, marshmallows, yarn or fabric for the “padding” and the egg for the “brain”. This was an awesome experience for our students and it really taught them so much about concussions. We came back from the drop and a few survived. We had discussions on why others made it and some did not. We ended the unit with a letter to Reebok persuading them to buy the design that made it through the trials! Great opportunity for our students! Have you ever done anything like this before? Have you ever had a concussion before? Come check the Lockwood Crew out and see what we have done!
Today the Lockwood Crew went on a field trip to the Arizona Science Center. We had a BLAST! The focus of this trip was to refresh our knowledge of the human body and dig deep into the many other exciting exhibits there! Look into what the crews favorite experiences were and what they learned… Have you ever been to a science center? If so, What was your favorite part?
The Lockwood Crew
Mr. Lockwood’s class and the entire 5th grade are creating new innovative ways to improve helmet protection to prevent concussions. We are studying effects on the brain and how concussions impact the brain both short and long term. The crew has worked hard to create protective “helmets” made from Kleenex boxes and certain, specific materials. We will be dropping from 20 feet to simulate the effects of a big hit in football or hockey in two weeks. Until then the crew will do several trial runs to see if their egg cracks and make improvements to be lighter and more efficient just like the big companies do for helmets.
The new winners for student council are Mckayla Adams for President, Jaden Miner for Vice president, Jasmine Gade for treasurer, Lizbeth Rodriguez for Secretary, and finally Brooke Wine for P.R.D (public relations director). Congratulations to all the winners! We just had our first meeting today and learned about all the upcoming events like Pennies for patients, Cookie dough fundraiser, and the golf tournament. This week is spirit week and the days are….
Monday- No school!
Tuesday- I wish it was still summer
Wednesday- Sports day
Thursday- School colors
Friday- Black and gold
WOW! What an awesome experience! The Lockwood Crew had Dr. Julie Lockwood SKYPE with us this morning to talk about effects on the brain from Concussions. The 5th grade at SMES is doing their first PBL of the year on concussions and they are trying to create a device that helps reduce trauma to the head. Dr. Lockwood is a neurologist and currently practices in Tucson Arizona. This was a great, relevant and real experience for the kids! Have you ever had a concussion? Look at the pictures from the event today!
The Lockwood Crew took part in a human body scavenger hunt! Did you know it takes more muscles to from then it does to smile? Did you know that your brain weighs about 3 pounds? These are some of the questions we found out today in class! Take a look at our pictures… Do you know any cool facts about the human body?
The Lockwood Crew used Beyond Textbooks story “The Emperors New Clothes”. We focused on Plot and the basic aspects of a story. The students identified Exposition, Conflict, Rising Action, Climax, Falling Action and Resolution. Take a look into the activity we did today!
The Lockwood Crew has been working on math using Beyond Textbooks! We are very excited and have been using some awesome resources and ideas! Do you have any other exciting ways to implement math? What are you learning in math in your class? We look forward to your response!
The Lockwood Crew is studying story structure and summaries and found this great resource to do story boards. It is called storyboardthat.com. Check it out and let me know what you think!
The Lockwood Crew took part in their annual block building challenge. This activity was designed to promote teamwork and creative “out side of the box thinking”! The challenge broke down into two parts: The first challenge was for 10 minutes all blocks (approx 50) and it had to be the tallest. Each challenge had a wrench thrown into it to make it more challenging. For this part, the first 5 minutes, the students could not talk…This was a great way to force them to work collaboratively and use eyes and hands to direct. The second challenge was 5 minutes and they could only use 25 blocks… It still had to be the tallest structure and the wrench this time was it had to survive the “earthquake test”(Where I come around and bump the table when time is up. If there structure survived the bump and was the tallest, they won. This was a great activity to teach teamwork and also to teach the basic principals of a solid foundation. Take a look into what the Lockwood crews structures looked like! Have you ever done an activity like this before?