Mysterious March 3/5-3/9

Thinker Activity:  This week, the students wrapped up the last of their analogies lessons.  They completed an analogies review page where they had to solve mixed up analogies and label the relationship shown in each analogy.  This proved to be a challenging activity that required the students to analyze and label each analogy correctly.

Mystery Unit Activities: We focused on reviewing secret codes and D.N.A. in our lesson this week. 

  • The students studied D.N.A. in greater depth, and built 3D models of D.N.A. from twizzlers, marshmallows, and toothpicks.  (Check out these pictures on the picture tab!  This was definitely the favorite activity of the day for the kids!)
  • The students created their own secret message about themselves using one type of secret code we discussed over the past 2 weeks.  They then traded papers with a buddy and had to break each other’s secret codes independently.
  • The students independently completed a reflection page on D.N.A. and secret sodes involving a summary of learned information and deep thinker questions.
  • The students completed their “Planning Your Mystery” Graphic Organizer using ideas from the student created charts.  The students will use their plans to begin writing their mysteries next week!

I am so proud of all of your hard work on our mystery unit Discovery Kids!

Parents, ask your child to share some information with you about D.N.A. or strategies behind breaking secret codes.  They should be “experts” on these topics now! :)

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