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Early Enrichment #3: Similes


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Watch this Word Girl about similes

Fall Simile Writing Activity

Option 1

Use this keynote to collect your fall similes. Click the link and when prompted, click open in keynote. My Book of Fall Similes

Option 2

Here are some sentence starters for you to complete on paper.

You may add in your own ideas if you wish.

Add color/designs to your finished page.


A fall leaf is a red as a _________________________.

A jack-o-lantern is a round as a______________________.

A fall leaf is a crunchy as a___________________________.

A fall leaf is as ____________________ as ________________________.

A pumpkin is _______________________like _______________________.

A bat is as ________________________as __________________________.

Halloween is __________________________as ___________________.

The scarecrow is ____________________like__________________________.

Share your key note or sentences to the EY coordinator in your building.

Post a comment with a sentence you wrote that you would like to share.

Include your First Name, your school and your favorite sentence

Example: Dottie, Sunset  Fall leaves fall to the ground like snowflakes.


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# 9 Reading Enrichment: Can you Haiku?


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Haiku is a form of Japanese poetry. It often centers around nature.
Haiku poems don’t rhyme; they follow a pattern.


The pattern for haiku is the following:
Line 1: 5 syllables
Line 2: 7 syllables
Line 3: 5 syllables

Try to count out the syllables in an example written by Basho Matsuo’s

An old silent pond…               (How many syllables did you count?)

A frog jumps into the pond,           (How about this line?)

splash! Silence again.                  (Does this line follow the rule?)

How to write your haiku
Brainstorm words that are about your topic     For example: rain, clouds, soft breezes
Choose the words that you like from this list.
Count the syllables (parts) of the words.
Put them together using the pattern.

Your challenge-Choose a topic or theme (nature, sports, family, school, friendship, etc.) and brainstorm a list of many words related to your topic.
Then, write 3-5 haiku style poems about the topic/theme you picked out.
Your poems need to follow the 5-­‐7-­‐5 syllable pattern.
Include at least one original picture with your poems.

Send your work to the EY coordinator in your building.

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Money Confident Kids Writing Contest

Learn about spending, saving, and setting smart financial goals by participating in this Money Confident Kids Website

Essay Prompt:

Discover and describe a true story of a time when your parent or guardian set a financial goal and then Screen Shot 2015-08-25 at 8.20.36 PMachieved it. Include: the goal; a description of the spending and saving choices that were made to achieve the goal; and lessons that you can apply to your own future financial decisions

Here’s how it works:
1. Read an issue of Money Confident kids- Click here for an issue of Money Confident Kids

2. INTERVIEW a parent or guardian about money

3 . ASK about a time when he or she set a financial
goal and then made saving and spending choices to
achieve it.
4. WRITE a 200 – to 250 -word essay (based on your
interview) that describes the true story of achievement,
and what lessons you can apply to your own future
financial decisions.
Optional: Consider including a photo or drawing
with your essay!

5. ****CONTEST CLOSED*******
Submit to the EY coordinator in your building by  October 1st,  2015

Click here for more information about the process, prizes and to find the entry form for the contest.

If you read the magazine, conduct an interview, and write an essay and would like to enter it in this contest, please fill out the entry form and send it to the EY coordinator in your school by Oct 1st. If you need help with getting the permission form printed out, or any part of this contest, please contact the EY coordinator at your school.

Contest Presented by T. Rowe Price

Early Enrichment #2: You can be an inventor

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Did you know that the popsicle, ear muffs AND the trampoline were invented by kids? You can be an inventor, too. Take this challenge to create a new and improved pencil.


Inventors are motivated by things that don’t work. Imagine that your pencil keeps slipping out of your hand and it presses on your fingers and they get sore.

Figure out the problem!        Is the pencil too narrow?               Is the paint  to slippery.

Think about what might improve the pencil so that the problem is erased (no pun intended). Write your ideas down in a notebook.


Brainstorm as many ideas to solve the problem of as possible. Next, turn these ideas into designs. Draw them in your note book. No matter how bizarre or unrealistic a design may seem, make sure to make sure to include it. Although a design may seem impossible, it might inspire a realistic solution.

Comment below to share your ideas or Snap a picture of your best pencil idea and share it with the EY coordinator in your building.


Welcome back!

The beginning of the school year is always busy-but I have met with all of the students. I am so looking forward to spending time with them in the classrooms, in small groups, and at seminars.

Seminars-There will be seminars offered throughout this school year. The seminars topics  offered can be found at this link. These will be 1/2 day or full day events held at the Westside Community Center.  We will transport to that event and back to school.  If your child is interested in participating, he or she will need to complete the ticket and submit it by the due date. There will be some seminars where we have a more interest than spots, so please  encourage your child to turn in his/her best work on the tickets and to get them in by the due date.

Seminar ticket posted for a coding seminar ticket-click for info

Ticket posted for the invention convention ticket-click for info

All tier 2/3 students will be attending a seminar on Sept 3. The students will be creating his/her online portfolios.  This is a 1/2 day event and will be held at the Westside Community Center.

Reading-We are creating accounts in Storybird and the student have started making an “All About Me” book. This resource  is amazing, and we will be using it this year to create projects.  Screen Shot 2015-08-23 at 8.27.37 AM

Math-We are dusting off our khan accounts and spending time exploring the resources found here. please encourage your child to spend time working at khan during the school week. Khan is lovely, since can children work at his/her own pace. Screen Shot 2015-08-23 at 8.28.11 AM





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#7 Reading Enrichment: Book Spine Poetry

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Have you heard of “book spine poetry?” It’s a kind of poetry that you don’t really write from scratch – instead, you “find” it by arranging book titles to make a poem. This type of poem can be serious or funny, just like in regular poetry.

Screen Shot 2015-08-11 at 2.52.18 PMOkay, ready to make your own book spine poetry? All you need is a stack of book with interesting titles from around the house or your school library. Place a few books on top of each other. Play around with the titles to create a short poem, words that create an image, feeling or scene. Write down the titles when you find a combination you like.

As you write down titles, you might notice some that seem to go together to tell a funny or interesting story.  Try to include 4 or more book titles in your poem

When you have several finished book spine poems, you can document your favorite by taking a picture. If you come up with one that you would like to share, please email it to the EY coordinator in your building. After doing this project, share a comment below about your poem.

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Early Enrichment #1: Pebble Go


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Do love to learn new things? Pebble Go is your go-to for facts, pictures, videos, and games.

These are the steps to find Pebble Go.

 1. Click here

2. Find your your school name and click

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Now you are ready to explore!

Show what you have learned

After doing research at Pebble Go,  Create a pic collage, Haiku Deck, Explain Everything, or your favorite presentation tool to share your findings. Share this presentation with your teacher. Respond to this post and share what topic you choose to research.



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Research to find out more about the parts of a plant

1. Watch this video

2. Study the parts of a plant at this site- kids growing strong

Show What You’ve Learned

You are a botanist who has just discovered a new type of plant. As every good scientist does, you will document your exciting finding. Design a fact sheet highlighting your new plant discovery. Be sure to include the following key pieces of information:

• your plant’s name
• your plant’s basic needs
• your plant’s parts
• where your plant lives
• a colored illustration of your plant in its natural habitat

Your fact sheet might have text features like labels, captions, maps, bold words, subheadings, and more.

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#6 Reading Enrichment: How Do Lungs Work?

How do we accomplish this crucial and complex task without even thinking about it?  Let’s learn about these hard working organs.

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This TEDed lesson takes us into the lungs to investigate how they help keep us alive.


Your lungs make up one of the largest organs in your body, and they work with your respiratory system to allow you to take in fresh air, get rid of stale air, and even talk. Take a tour of the lungs by reading this article

 Show what you learned

Choose one of these prompts and respond with 3-5 sentences

Why do you think the body’s cells need oxygen?

Why is it better that the lungs are spongy rather than empty like a balloon?

How do you think your breathing and lungs adapt when you’re exercising?

Take it a step further

Lungs are important for breathing, but also for talking. Conduct research to find out how your lungs allow you to talk. Create a visual explaining how this process works. Include as many details as possible. Please share this project with your classroom teacher and the EY coordinator in your building.

Student Created Wonderopolis Pages

The grade 4, 5,  and 6 studentScreen Shot 2015-04-17 at 12.48.18 PMs have spent the last several weeks creating Wonderopolis pages to share. Each student picked a topic, came up with question to answer, researched this topic in great detail, and set out to work on creating an informational product.

This is the link to find the projects– > EY WIKI

Please check out these projects. They turned out wonderfully!


Wonderopolis has a Online Summer Screen Shot 2015-05-06 at 12.09.21 PMEnrichment Program  that I am going to check out for my own kids

We have many children who will be invited to attend the Extreme Math Day on May 13th.

Look for invites towards the end of this week. It will be a fun day of math puzzles!

If you are looking for some math problem solving, Noetic math has a few free online math contest practice resources @,

If you like those you could consider subscribing to the sumScreen Shot 2015-05-06 at 12.24.17 PMmer program @

Please let me know if you have any questions or concerns