Breakout Box Challenge: Growth Mindset with Grades 5 & 7
Fifth Grade continues to explore aspects of Growth Mindset, not only in our weekly Brain Game sessions, but also in our academic subjects as well. This past Friday, we visited the 7th grade who had spent the past few weeks developing a Breakout Box challenge to help us review for our test on India.
If you’ve never heard of a Breakout Box, it’s an activity inspired by escape rooms—those group challenges that have popped up everywhere and can be done with multi-generational groups of relatives or friends. You’re trapped in a room (literally) and given a series of challenges, a few clues and a ticking clock to remind you that you need to step it up! Sometimes the escape room is a room, but it can also be an empty apartment or even an Egyptian tomb you need to excavate!
The Breakout Box is similar in that it’s an immersive collaborate learning experience where groups of students work together to solve puzzles and codes that allow them to unlock several padlocks, and ultimately, the box itself. The challenges encourage critical thinking skills and teamwork, and help to develop perseverance, along with giving an opportunity (in our case) to review concepts and themes of ancient India.
After providing 7th grade with the content I wanted to review, advisors Sue Benner and Sarah Pitcher mentored the students to create the challenges. And on Friday, we finally got together. I’m happy to say that 5th grade managed to unlock the box by the end of the period, and we loved the opportunity to spend time with the 7th grade. Ad added bonus was the surprise treat inside the locked box. Thanks to the Upper School students and Mrs. Benner and Mrs. Pitcher for their tremendous efforts to create this simply stellar brain game!
Hope you enjoy these photos from our Breakout Box session!
Oh what fun we had in 7th grade French class prior to the holiday break.
I wanted to share some pictures from a special project that the 7th grade French class was able to enjoy as a reward for being the first French class out of our 6th, 7th and 8th grades to earn 20 points in the ‘8 minutes consécutives en francais!’ competition. This friendly competition is to promote full immersion into speaking in French during class time. For each 8 full minutes that we speak in French, as a class, a point is earned.
Each of the 3 classes worked hard to take the lead, but the 7th grade was the first to reach the goal. Their reward was to have a ‘fete’ where they embarked on a culinary adventure…making their own Buche de Noel from scratch, and then enjoying it, bien sur!
Each student brought in a different ingredient to assemble the buche.
We spent one class period making and baking the buche, and another class period decorating, eating, and learning about the recipe. One the second day, once the bowls were washed and the last morsel of the cake enjoyed, the students were tasked to put in order a jumble of the recipe directions, all in French.
Here are some pictures of the fun we had!
By Mary Daire| 2018-01-02T10:57:32+00:00 January 2nd, 2018|Categories: Grade 7|Comments Off on 7th grade Buche de Noel
How We Celebrate ‘National French Week’ at BCD!
National French Week is a country-wide celebration of all things French, organized by the AATF (American Association of Teachers of French). This year marks the 17th year that this tradition has been celebrated with activities and projects taking place in schools, communities, and AATF chapters across the U.S.
Here are some of the themes that the AATF has identified that can be highlighted during the celebration of all things Francais:
This year it spanned from the 1st – 7th of November, and here at BCD we celebrated in our own unique way!
Each class level was assigned a different theme to focus on from French art, to music, geography to literature, with French cuisine peppered in…bien sur!
In our 4th grade classroom, students created their very own ‘Mon Restaurant à Moi’ menu, geared towards and highlighting classical French dishes. It was a great exercise to promote students creativity, as well as learn what makes French cuisine unique.
In 5th grade, the students were each assigned a famous French artist, such as Monet, Renoir and Cézanne. They each excelled in their research and understanding of the artist to whom they were assigned and came out of the project knowing more clearly why these artists and their works are still revered today.
Our 6th graders focused individually on a quote from the novel Le Petit Prince which we have begun to read in class. They took their quotes home to delve into the meaning of the quote and asked themselves whether or not they agreed with the message the author was trying to convey. They then presented their project to the class, in French, including a drawing or painting which they felt helps depict the meaning of the quote.
In the 7th grade, these young music-lovers chose a favorite contemporary or classic French musician to present to the class. The artists ranged from Debussy to Zaz, Vanessa Paradis to Satie. It was a wonderful overview of the richness of French musical history, showing firsthand the diversity and range of the genre.
Our 8th graders just wrapped up their first trial-run of being a ‘guide de tourisme’ and presented in pairs on a particular region of France. Each pair created a 3-fold brochure with which they highlighted the cultural attractions and historical relevance to the area, as well as regional culinary specialties. They all did a great job in ‘selling’ their regions to potential travelers/classmates.
Each class, no matter the content, learned something new and pertinent to the country whose language we are immersing ourselves in this year!
Learning a language is not an approach through which books and resource materials are the only useful tools. Being familiar with cultural specifics of a country plays a major role in the second language immersion experience, and will come into play throughout our curriculum at each grade level throughout the school year.
S’il vous plait, come by our French room to see the students work!