My google link for COLLABORATION, questions, editing: https://docs.google.com/document/d/1n0S90ZVIXFrbIVowQ6DsjCZ4YiMG1qo22hXpUFYZVEw/edit
Allow the students to manipulate and create on Fridays with anything and everything. At times we focus so much on the curriculum that we don't allow students to have hands on experience with the real world. Giving them the class period on Fridays to just create can begin to ignite the creativity in their brains. They will then begin to see the classroom as a place to create and problem solve.
Will need: Bins of materials which can be donated or bought. The point is to have random things in them because every student will have a different idea or thought on how to solve the real world problem.
Teacher prep: Finding the real world question that relates to the students current lives or to the math and science they are currently learning (the point is to make them realize that what they are learning IS IMPORTANT and not irrelevant). Also have the bins prepared and space for where they will keep their creation/invention. Having technology available (computer lab, ipad, their phones) to do a little bit of research or look up a how to video.
Student work: Creating/ Inventing a solution to the real world question. If the teacher wants they can also spend an additional Friday to create a presentation so it can be displayed for other students/ adults/ teachers to view.