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Nebraska Department of Agriculture Poster Contest

Nebraska agriculture contributes more than $23 billion to Nebraska’s economy each year.  Nebraska is home to nearly 50,000 farms and ranches utilizing 91% of the state’s total land area.  Nebraska IS Agriculture!

All 1st-6th grade students are invited to participate in the 15th annual Nebraska Department of Agriculture Poster Contest.  The theme is: Sharing the Story of Nebraska Agriculture.  Check out the poster rules here and visit the contest website at: http://www.nda.nebraska.gov/kids/

Deadline:  March 1, 2018

image source: https://goo.gl/images/ixgDYn

#32 Reading Enrichment: Designing a Library

“In a good bookroom you feel in some mysterious way that you are absorbing the wisdom contained in all the books through your skin, without even opening them.”
― Mark Twain

In early November, 2017, China opened a futuristic library.  Check out articles and pictures  by clicking on the links below:

  1. http://fortune.com/2017/11/17/china-library-photos-tianjin-binhai/
  2. https://petapixel.com/2017/11/14/photos-new-futuristic-library-china-1-2-million-books/
  3. http://www.newsweek.com/tianjin-binhai-library-710828

There are some articles focused on a bit of controversy regarding the library including this article: https://www.ndtv.com/offbeat/chinas-futuristic-library-more-fiction-than-books-1776720

Read about China’s futuristic library and post a comment about something new you learned and/or your reaction to the library.  Take it a step further and design your own library.  What kind of books would you have in your library?  Furniture?

Nebraska Robotics Expo

NEBRASKA ROBOTICS EXPO 2018

The Nebraska Robotics Expo will be held at  Strategic Air Command & Aerospace Museum on Saturday, February 17, 2018.  Westside would like to take 6 TEAMS to this amazing event!
A Loveland parent will be holding workshops on Saturdays in January to prepare for the event.  All 3rd-6th grade students at Westside Elementary Schools are invited to attend.  Even if a child decides he/she does not want to participate in the Expo, they are still welcome to attend the Saturday workshops.
Descriptions of the Robotics Expo events can be found by clicking the links below.

Please fill out the form linked below to reserve your spot for the Saturday workshops.  They will be offered on January 6, 13, 20 and 27 (all Saturdays) in the Swanson Library basement from 3-6pm.

There is only space for 20 participants at each session.

https://tinyurl.com/wcsrobotics

#38: Duplicator Lab Riddles

This Math Minute is brought to you by Steve Wyborney.  Steve is an award-winning teacher and instructional coach from Oregon.   Check out his blog at http://www.stevewyborney.com/

For this Math Minute, complete the following steps…

Step 1:  Click here to watch the Duplicator Lab Riddle

Step 2:  Answer 1, 2, and/or 3 riddles posed at the end of the video.

Step 3:  Give your answers to the EY Coordinator at your school.

Robot image taken from: https://pixabay.com/en/robot-machine-technology-science-312566/

Family Code Night

You’re invited to Family Code Night at Westside Middle School. Bring the whole family for a fun evening of computer programming. Don’t know how to computer program? No worries, there will be plenty of activities for the whole family to learn.
Date: December 7
Time: 5:30 p.m. – 7:30 p.m.
Location: Westside Middle School Library
Stations Include:
Sign-Up Here:  https://goo.gl/forms/ZiSEQRIsGex10jNw2

#31 Reading Enrichment: Growth Mindset Part 2

What did you learn today?  What mistake did you make that taught you something?  What did you try hard at today? ~Carol Dweck

Learn more about Growth and Fixed Mindset by completing the LearnStorm course on Khan Academy.  There are 6 activities total and each one has an accompanying worksheet (linked below).

You can either print the activity sheets yourself by clicking the links above, or you can ask your classroom teacher or the EY Coordinator at your building for copies.  When you are finished with all the activities, hand in your papers to your classroom teacher or EY Coordinator.  Make sure to fill out the Badge Request Form to earn your Mindset Badge.

brain image taken from: https://pixabay.com/photo-1295128/