The entries for the optional Art Challenge are in, and we have lots of amazing artwork! Click on the image below for a slideshow of all the entries. Enjoy!
Now that you have seen the different entries, use the poll that is linked through the picture at the bottom to vote for your favorite artwork. (If it is too hard to vote for only one, you may make up to two selections.)
Please try to vote for the artwork you like the best, regardless of who the artist might be.
Voting is open to anyone with a Google account - feel free to spread the word!
Click on the image below to access the poll.
Voting will close Thursday night, February 28th.
Our art challenge is pretty open - just create a piece of art! You can submit a drawing, a painting, a sculpture, a craft, a Lego creation, etc. It can be as big or as small as you'd like. The only real requirements are that you made it in the last 6 months and that the artwork is physical, not digital.
The artwork will be judged on a combination of creativity, style, technique, and overall "wow!" factor. The submitted works of art will be featured in a blog post with a poll for voting. Voting will be open to students, parents, teachers, and friends.
The top two vote-getters will get either a set of twelve fine-point Sharpie markers or a $10 gift certificate to Michael's Arts and Crafts.
Entries will be due Friday, March 1st.
I look forward to seeing what you create!
Our next optional challenge is a Minecraft build! The due date is Monday, January 14th. The guidelines and requirements are listed below.
That's it for the requirements! Beyond those, you can add anything you want. Judging will be done by students in both classes and they will make their decisions on which build has the biggest "Wow!" factor. So, the more original and impressive, the better.
*Oh, one last requirement: You need to screen record a walk-through of your build (or take a bunch of screenshots) so the class can see your creation. I'll help you with that as much as I can, some we can record in class, but you may need to do a bit of Googling and YouTubing of "how to record a Minecraft walk-through on a... (Nintendo Switch, XBox, PC, PE, etc.)"
The top two vote getters will receive either a plush baby pig or baby mooshroom.
Best of luck to everyone, but more importantly, have fun!
This last Monday, October 22, was the deadline for our optional baking challenge. We had lots of creative and delicious entries!
I (Mr. Salsich) wish I had displayed the desserts in the classroom for all of the students to admire and had given more time for the "celebrity" judges (principals and teachers) to sample the desserts. I'll do it differently next time - that's all part of trying something, reflecting, and adapting!
Here are pictures of the entries. (A slideshow of the bakers in action is coming soon!)
And here are the deserving winners!
Thank you to everyone who participated!
Be on the lookout for round 2, coming sometime this winter or spring...
For the next optional learning challenge, we are focusing on baking and cooking. The challenge is to prepare a tasty dessert following the guidelines listed below:
Entries are due Monday, October 22nd
Judging: More information about the judging process will be coming soon - the students, parents, and principals are going to help figure all that out! If you have ideas, leave a comment!
Prizes: The top three desserts, as selected by the judges, will earn the winners one of the following prizes: A $10 gift card to Sift Bakery, a mysterious kit to make sushi from a box, or an equally mysterious kit to make cheeseburgers and soda from a box. The first place winner will pick their choice of prizes, the runner-up will choose next, and the second runner-up will get the remaining prize.
Of course, the real prize is having fun, learning, and making something delicious!
We had to work in groups and use the "habits of mind" (adaptability, persistence, creativity, cooperation, reflection, courage, and self-awareness) to build the tallest balloon towers we could. We had 15 balloons, one roll of masking tape, and we could only tape one balloon to the ground. Oh yeah, and we couldn't talk to each other!
Here are our final results:
More team building during the second week. Groups had to move a tennis ball from one beaker We have been focusing on techniques and guidelines for effective discussions. We have also been talking a lot about using reflection (thinking about what happened and why it happened that way) to improve on something we are trying to do. During our "Balloon Tower Challenge" we combined reflection with discussion to figure out how to make our next attempt at a balloon tower even better!
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