Sell That Thing!The Tuesday afternoon and Thursday classes looked at different strategies that advertisers use to try and get you to buy their products (the Tuesday morning class did a similar thing a few weeks ago). We watched a number of different TV ads and identified different strategies. Students then played 'Sell That Thing!' They went forward in time 5 years using the portal and were charged with creating advertisements for some of the inventions that their peers from the other classes had designed and that were now ready to be marketed. Students had 5 minutes to come up with an ad that they then acted out. The ads were creative, funny, and did a great job of using the different strategies! This type of activity is challenging as students have a limited time to come up with a skit and often team members have quite differing views on what they'd like to do. I was impressed in particular with the Tuesday afternoon class in terms of their ability to work collaboratively, solve problems and include all team members. This group of grade 2 and 3s has come a long way since the beginning of the year!
InventionsThe Wednesday afternoon class continued to work on their playground inventions. Students are either creating 3D models of their inventions using craft supplies, or making a Pivot Stickfigure animation of their invention. Some of the inventions are whimsical and others packed with adventure!
The other classes continued to work on their inventions. The focus now is on deciding how to advertise their inventions; poster, TV ad (as a skit), Power Point presentation, Scratch animation, poster...
Cubism Art ProjectsStudents in the Tuesday morning and Thursday afternoon classes finished up their cubism drawings. You can view student artwork from these classes as well as the Thursday afternoon class in this post. For slideshows of the Picasso style portraits created by the Tuesday afternoon class see here and the Wednesday afternoon class here.
RemindersThere are a number of important events occurring in the upcoming weeks:
- Field trip to UBC-O Engineering labs Wednesday May 1st. This field trip is for students in grades 3, 4 and 5.
- Regular Elementary Gifted Classes Cancelled Tues April 30, Weds May 1st, Thurs May 2nd.
- Open House Tuesday May 7th and Wednesday May 8th during the afternoon classes. Parents of students in those classes are invited to join us for all or part of the class.