Matholomew the Mad Mathematician came to visit our classroom today! Numbers had been taken and disguised as addition problems. The students helped him solve all the problems around the room to find the numbers. Then they took on a bigger challenge and used process of elimination to find some harder numbers, such as “It is not 3+11, It is not 4+9…” until there was one number left. This first grade class solved a ton of math problems while giggling and using their imaginations!
Design with Mr. Lenz & Mr. Seehausen
The first few weeks of school brought a lot of activity to the new design lab. As new teachers to Seven Peaks, we have been working hard to understand the school, its students, and collaborate with teachers in order to integrate design thinking with their current lesson plans. So far everything has gone extremely well, and the kids’ excitement and curiosity for the design lab has made the space even more rewarding. We are finally approaching 100% as we put the final touches on the design lab space. We worked long days all summer and built the lab from scratch with the help of other staff members, students, and volunteers. Recently we shut down the lab for two days to complete the installation of a dust collection system, but now that we have it in place, we can begin woodworking projects that require air filtration to keep our lab clean and safe.
Ms. Collins’ 1st grade class has enjoyed a lot of lab time. They started out by coming to the lab with a classroom table that needed the legs to be cut. After giving input on the best procedure, 1st graders measured the legs and disassembled the table so that Mr. Lenz could demonstrate the band saw, which he used to cut the legs to size.