The only thing that was similar to last year was that we built bridges with marshmallows and toothpicks. I divided the students into 4 groups and asked them to build a bridge that would support books. We used Clementine books which was interesting because one student told me that was her favorite book in 4th grade so I learned a little more about her reading life.
After 20 minutes, I asked the students to discuss their strategies that they used for building their bridge. Some the responses included:
-We had to stop and listen to each other.
-I had to slow down because the toothpicks were getting too sticky.
-We needed to cooperate.
-We took a bunch of strategies and put them all together.
-We needed to know the end result and work backwards.
After this conversation and charting their thoughts, we talked about how these ideas will be our class rules "motto" this year. I asked them to remember the feeling of accomplishment as well as the hard work it took to build the bridge. We then placed the books on the bridges. The goal was one book-all four bridges held 2-4 books. It's going to be a great year!!