Annnnnddd we’re back! What an exciting first couple of days back to school!! Today, we constructed the water cup origami for the first part of the class. The link to this is www.wipapercouncil.org/origami.htm I give them the instructions and then come around and pour water in their cup to see if they folded it correctly. It’s not hard origami, so it doesn’t take very long. After this exercise, we discussed Venn Diagrams. Venn Diagrams are a part of PASS for sixth grade math. The students were already in groups of two based on the seating for the day. I showed them an example using two of the kids and used funny items to compare and contrast them. I gave the students each a colored piece of paper had them each come up with five items (for a total of 10) and then place it on the Venn Diagram in the appropriate place. Most of the students knew Venn Diagrams already, so they were able to do it with ease. A couple of groups had a tougher time, but with further explanation I was able to get them on track. The best part was when there was an odd number of students, I had them make a triple Venn Diagram. After everyone was finished with the project, I asked different groups to go on the board and reproduce their diagrams. It was a great way for students to learn about each other as well as learn their names. I know this was probably one of the best “back to school” projects I’ve done in order to remember their names. Overall, a very successful day! So glad to be back, and I’m excited to get on with next week…….three dimensional shapes!!!