This week the Shannon students listened to the story, The Most Magnificent Thing by Ashley Spires, in library class. This book is a great book and is on the Goldfinch Award nominated list. We discussed how the character in the story never gave up on her plan to make something magnificent throughout the story. She got very upset during the story and the students talked about ways to get calmed down when someone gets very angry.
After we read the story the kids got to test out making things by using Strawbees. The students were given straws and connectors and were told to make a shape. After they worked together they were able to make squares, hexagons, pentagons, and triangles. The next challenge I gave the students was to make a 3D shape. Students were able to make large pyramids and cubes with their groups. The next few challenges were to make letters with the straws and then to make anything magnificent. Some of the pictures below are some of the many magnificent things the students made during the week.