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Constructing, creating, communicating, collaborating, and thinking critically in grade 5.

April 21, 2013
by Denise Krebs
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March Genius Hour Reports

We’ve had a busy spring. Because of snow days, Easter break, and TSA, we’ve not had genius hour for three weeks. We’ll be back at it this week.

Here are our March updates:

Cool Shot Basketball – Cooper Brian Dustin

Hula Hoop Rugs – Jade Kaylee Anna

Ripping Phone Books – Thomas and Lucas

Stop Motion with Race Cars – Deven and Joey

Sewing – Madi and Paige

Sounds 0f the Planets – Jared

Dodge cars – Jason

Writing another novel – Anna

Cross-stitching with love – Lauren

Teaching Piano – Atze

Rainbow Cake – Kennedy Sierra MaKenna

Stop Motion Animation Mini Farm – Jordan Mason David

Sewing slippers – John

March 1, 2013
by Denise Krebs
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February Genius Hour Projects

We’ve been taking two periods a week, about 85 minutes, to learn what we are passionate about. Students reports on their latest learnings are here.

January 31, 2013
by Denise Krebs
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Our Latest Genius Hour Projects

We had an opportunity to have genius hour for a three-hour block on Wednesday. Students thrive on long periods of time to learn. The bells are ignored. The learning sets in. The projects improve. The questions deepen.

Here are learnings from my geniuses:

Jade Anna Madi – sewing
Jason – building a city
Atze – rising up when he wanted to quit
Lauren Paige Kaylee – Junior High Survival Guide
Joey – hydraulic system
Lucas Deven – robotics
Thomas Dustin Jared Cooper – producing a blockbuster
Brian
Anna
John – carving a football from a block of wood
MaKenna – cupcakes
Sierra Kennedy
Jordan
Mason David

January 24, 2013
by Denise Krebs
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Genius Hour Today

Here are the questions our learners are answering today in genius hour:

  1. What’s a good way to make a Minecraft creation into a video to share with the world?
  2. What cool effects can we add to an iMovie?
  3. What do missionaries do and what risks do they take?
  4. How do we make moon bars?
  5. How many airplanes can I make with these random Lego pieces?
  6. Can we tell a story without telling the story?
  7. How do hydraulic systems work? How can I make a model hydraulic system?
  8. How can we create something to help junior highers survive junior high?

January 17, 2013
by Denise Krebs
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Genius Hour Challenge

Try something new with someone new (or work solo).

Master – Practice some skill. It takes 10,000 hours to get to mastery.

Create – Use your imagination to create something.

Learn – Gain knowledge about something that interests you.

Innovate – Solve a problem. Create a solution.

Produce – Make something.

Serve – Do any of the above for someone else!

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