Synthesis Week 5/13

Synthesis Teams | 团队:
我们正在为下周的 Synthesis-wide 综合协作活动做准备,在本周的游戏和讨论环节中练习“合作竞合”。
We’re preparing for a collaborative Synthesis-wide event next week by practicing “co-opetition” in this week’s Play and Discussion sessions.  

Synthesis Tutor | 导师:
We have some new Tutor lessons for your child to enjoy.

游戏 | Play
电池未含 | Batteries Not Included

详情 | Details

In life, there are times we must compete head-to-head. And there are times we need to work together and collaborate. But sometimes, there’s a third option. “Co-opetition” may be a weird-sounding word, but the definition is interesting: it’s when two competing sides come together and cooperate to reach a goal — and that’s what students explore this week while playing Batteries Not Included. Although the scenarios are competitive, the goal is collaborative: test strategies and build cohesion for next week’s cooperative challenge against the Supercomputer. How will students handle this tension?

场景:6 maps
模式:🟢竞争 ⚪合作

GAME: Batteries Not Included
SCENARIO: 5 challenges
MODE: 🟢Competitive ⚪Collaborative
Second Order Thinking
Role Specialization

反思 | Post-play

Here are some follow-up reflection questions, in case you’d like to discuss the experience with your child.

  • “电池未含”中最具挑战性的方面是什么?
    What’s the most challenging aspect of Batteries Not Included?
  • 这周的体验感觉更具竞争性,更具合作性,还是两者均衡?
    Did this week’s experience feel more competitive, more collaborative, or an even mix of the two?

任务简报 | Mission Brief

讨论 | Discussions

竞合 | Co-opetition

This week’s Discussion session will deepen students’ conceptual understanding of “co-opetition” by examining hypothetical situations from real-world domains. Should two coffee shops share equipment to make competing products? Should two science labs compete to cure a disease, or merge their teams together? As always, there are no right or wrong answers to these conundrums. There are, however, many opportunities for interesting conversations with kids from around the world.

讨论介绍 | Discussion Intro

导师 | Tutor
新课程 | New Lesson

加法中的减法 | Adding to Subtract

In the previous subtraction lesson, your student was destroying dots by zapping them out of existence. But what happens if you want to subtract more dots than you have? Enter a new invention from the Tutor: Negadots (short for negative-dots). With these handy critters, your student will learn all about negative numbers and how seeing subtraction as the addition of negatives can solidify their understanding of arithmetic. This lesson can be found in the Addition and Subtraction Unit.

翻转除法 | Flipping Division

The Tutor is throwing another dot party. And this time, it’s a double dose of division. In this lesson, your student will build their understanding and intuition around two ways of doing division: dividing into groups of a certain size or dividing into a certain number of groups. That sure is a mouthful, which is why your student will learn to use division both ways through actions, not words. Flipping Division can be found in the Multiplication and Division Unit.

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