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Social Studies Enrichment #20-Geography Wonders

    Calling all Geographers!

 

Stretch your geography skills by studying several of these Wonderopolis Wonders :

Where is the Forbidden City?- #644

Where is the Windy City?- #897

Where is the Quietest Town in American?-#1557

Which City Has the Longest Name?-#1123

Where is the Oldest City in America?-#692

Where are the Suburbs?-#1547

Have You Ever Been to the Big Apple?-#718

Where is Timbuku?- #1064

Where is the Big Easy?-#1143

How are Cities Founded?-#1229

For each wonder that you study, come up with a creative way to show what you learned. If you would like, create some geography bee style questions. Share your questions and answers in the comments.

Science Related Art & Writing

Stone Soup is in the process of gathering work for their September issue which will be science themed.  Check out the many types of work you can submit:
  • write up a science fair project or experiment for Stone Soup readers to try
  • write a short essay about any area of science that fascinates you (i.e. comets, dinosaur coloration, the geology of a place near where you live, something about the weather, etc.)

Check out more details here.  All entries are due July 1, 2018.

Poetry Contest-Deadline April 24, 2018

The Omaha Local Section of the American Chemical Society (ACS) is sponsoring an illustrated poem contest for students in Kindergarten through 12th grade.

Write and illustrate a poem using the CCEW theme, “Dive into Marine Chemistry.”

Contest Deadline: April 24, 2018

Contest Details: https://www.acs.org/content/acs/en/education/outreach/ccew/illustrated-poem-contest.html

Prizes: Local winners advance to the national contest for a chance to win cash prizes. ACS will award $300 to first-place and $150 to second-place national contest winners in each grade category!

Winners of the Omaha Local Section’s Illustrated Poem Contest will advance to the National Illustrated Poem Contest for a chance to be featured on the ACS website and to win prizes!

 

#40 Math Minute: What day of the week is it? #2


Did you try math minute # 30?

If so, you might like this puzzle as well.

Please watch this video to learn the process.

https://youtu.be/714LTMNJy5M

Take notes as you watch. It is also helpful to pause the video while you are watching to do the calculations.

Pause the video and calculate the date 10.19.1902.

Unpause the video to see if you were correct.

Please complete two date calculations of your choice from start to finish and share your date and your solution in the comments below.

This cheat sheet is very helpful, you can print it off to help you, click here .

Tech Savvy April 21, 2018

Tech Savvy, a program of AAUW,  introduces girls in 6th through 9th grades to many types of science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) careers and teaches “savvy skills” such as critical thinking, sharing opinions, financial literacy, and negotiation.

Tech Savvy will be held April 21, 2018, from 8:00 am to 4:00 pm at the College of St. Mary, 7000 Mercy Rd, Omaha, NE.

Find out more at: https://aauw-ne.aauw.net/tech-savvy/

# 39: Hexaflexagons

Learn how to make a really fun geometric toy—a Hexaflexagon

There are many types of flexagons. The names of flexagons tell the type of polygon and the number of faces.  Hexaflexagons are paper polygons you will create in this math minute. They were first discovered in 1939 by Arthur Stone, who set up a Flexagon Committee to investigate their properties.

Watch this Vi Hart video and print off thes PDF  instructions to help you.

Snap a picture of your finished project and send it to the EY coordinator in your building.

Info from http://www.auntannie.com/Geometric/HexaHexaFlexagon/

Central Honors Institute

The Central Honors Institute (CHI) is a five-day residential academic camp for middle school students who have completed the 6th or 7th grade and who have demonstrated academic accomplishments, leadership and maturity among their peers.

Students attend classes during the day (see below) and socialize with peers in the evenings while experiencing life on a community college campus.

  • CHI Stream Team: During this biology based track, Stream Team campers will investigate living and non-living objects, food web, and biodiversity in a nearby aquatic ecosystem.
  • FLY CHI Track:  This track will focus on the fascinating aspect of flight from archery to ornithology, rockets, gliders, combustion and beyond!
  • CSI at CHI Track: Campers in this track will investigate and solve a number of puzzling cases throughout the week.
  • CHI Creativity Track: Campers will explore their creative potential through teamwork and cooperation.

To learn more, visit: https://www.cccneb.edu/chi/

Applications are due May 1, 2018

Virginia Frank Memorial Writing Contest

The Friends of Omaha Public Library are currently accepting submissions for the Virginia Frank Memorial Writing Contest.  The contest is for students in 5-8th grade.  First prize in each grade is $100.

The Virginia Frank Memorial Writing contest is held each year in the spring to recognize the creative writing talent of area students. This contest, sponsored by the Friends of Omaha Public Library, recognizes the top three winners from each grade. Each winner receives a cash prize and certificate, is recognized in a ceremony at the library, and has their story published on the library website. The school libraries of each winning student are also recognized with a matching cash prize.

Eligibility Requirements

  • Students must be in 5th to 8th grade and live in Douglas or Sarpy counties.
  • Students may be enrolled in public, private, parochial or home school.
  • Stories must be typed and no longer than 750 words.
  • Include a separate cover page with the title of the story; the writer’s name, current grade, address and phone number; and the name, address and phone number of the writer’s school.
  • Entries must be original fiction featuring a character from a book you have enjoyed and read on your own. Identify the book and author from which your character originated in the title or subtitle of your story.
  • Only one entry per contestant will be accepted.
  • The decision of the judges is final.
  • All entries become the property of Friends of Omaha Public Library (FOPL) and may be featured by Omaha Public Library on its website or social media.
  • Deadline for entries is March 2, 2018.

Prizes

  • First ($100), second ($50) and third place ($25)
  • Prizes will be awarded to the top three winners from each grade.
  • The school library of the winning students will be recognized with matching cash prizes.

Read the winning stories from the 2017 Virginia Frank Memorial Writing Contest

About Virginia Frank

The Virginia Frank Memorial Writing Contest began in 2003 and is named in honor of a longtime Friends of Omaha Public Library volunteer. Virginia Frank was a Central High and UNO graduate. She acquired a master’s degree from Brown University and taught English literature and creative writing at UNO for many years. Her passion for students and young people inspired everyone around her, and her enthusiasm encouraged many students to explore their creative writing talents. Frank volunteered thousands of hours with the Friends of OPL to help ensuring a bright future for our public libraries.

#33 Reading Enrichment: Word Squares

Word squares are grids of letters that cross horizontally and vertically. In the puzzle below, the word TRAP is located in the top row and left-most column; ROME can be seen in the second row from the top and the second column from the left; AMEN is found in the third row from the top and the third column from the left; and PENT occurs in the bottom row and in the right-most column. All the words cross each other in a perfect square arrangement. (taken from Psychology Today)

Take a look at this one.  DEN is spelled vertically and horizontally in the first column and row respectively.  EYE is spelled vertically and horizontally in the 2nd column/row, and NET is spelled vertically and horizontally in the 3rd column/row

Try These 3 Word Squares

If you’re really up for a challenge, try creating the Word Squares from these given clues!  Use this sheet to record your answers.  When finished, show your teacher or EY Coordinator.

1. 3 X 3 Square

  • young male
  • a natural mineral
  • an affirmative answer

 

2. 3 X 3 Square

  • to allow
  • a time period
  • a key on a computer
  • a cereal grass
  • unit of currency
  • what everything comes to

4. 4 X 4 Square

  • place to sit
  • repetition of sound
  • greeting used by sailors
  • playthings

5. 4 X 4 Square

  • something that we want to achieve
  • an evil giant
  • region
  • to show the way

6. 4 X 4 Square

  • story
  • to assert something as a fact
  • intense feeling of affection
  • large jug with a wide spout

7. 5 X 5 Square

  • competitive pastime
  • material on which we write
  • the art of Giuseppe Verdi
  • repeat of a TV show or series
  • prefix meaning across or beyond