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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.

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Social Studies Enrichment # 19: People and Places

What words would you use to describe Nebraska?  What about a famous Nebraskan like Buffalo Bill?  This Social Studies Enrichment post has you digging into Nebraska history and writing about our great state.

Step 1:  Research Nebraska Facts & Famous People

Step 2:  Write a poem

  • Acrostic: The first letter of each line begins with a letter of the person’s name. The lines consist of words or phrases describing the person’s characteristics.
  • Diamante: A diamond-shaped poem using this formula:
    • person’s name
      two adjectives to describe the person
      three “ing” words related to the subject
      four nouns that describe the person
      three verbs that tell how the person acted or felt
      two adjectives to describe the person
      person’s last name
  • Your Choice:  Choose another poem format

Share your writing with the EY Coordinator at your building.

Ideas taken from: https://www.scholastic.com/teachers/articles/teaching-content/classroom-activities-making-social-studies-come-alive-grades-6-8/

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#30 Reading Enrichment: Growth Mindset Part 1

FIXED vs GROWTH MINDSET

Do you have a fixed mindset or a growth mindset?  Does it depend on the situation?  Do you believe you are born with innate talents and gifts?  Find the answers to these questions and more by checking out the resources below.
  1. Video from John Spencer: https://youtu.be/M1CHPnZfFmU
  2. Cartoons and Growth Mindset: https://youtu.be/0Q6a_rD85X0

Common Lit is a great resource full of reading passages.  Check out the 2 reading passages that relate to a Growth Mindset.

  1. A QUICK NOTE ON GETTING BETTER AT DIFFICULT THINGS by Ta-Nehisi Coates
  2. I PRACTICED by JonArno Lawson

Write about your mindset.  You can model your writing after the reading passages (i.e. something you struggled to learn or a poem) or come up with your own way of expressing your thoughts on mindset.  Share your writing with the EY Coordinator at your building.

Early Enrichment #36: Sign Language

Do you know sign language?  Can you spell your name in sign language?  The next 5 Early Enrichment Mini Challenges will help you to learn how to sign your name, common requests, and more!

Week 1:  Animals

After watching the videos, you can…

  1. create a video of yourself doing 5 animal signs.
  2. work with a partner (if it’s OK with your teacher) and create a video of 10 animal signs.
  3. make a class video where each child does a different animal sign.

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#37: What’s so special about that number?

Why is 2 important?  It’s the only even prime number!
What’s so special about 1323?  It’s an Achilles number!
What about 1975?  Well it’s the year I was born! 😉

For this Math Minute post, explore:

http://www2.stetson.edu/~efriedma/numbers.html

and find out why different numbers are special.  If you’re like me, you’ll only understand a few of them.  For the ones you don’t understand, click on the link or do a Google search.  Many of the links on the site take you to Wolfram Alpha which is a great resource, but I sometimes like to watch videos to explain things.  For example, the link for the number 5 takes you to a page where you can read about the Platonic Solids, but when I searched it on Google, I found this video (https://youtu.be/gVzu1_12FUc) which explained things a little further.

What special number(s) did you discover?  Post a comment below.

Engineering Challenge

Are you up for a challenge that can win you lots of fame and money?  If so, don’t continue reading.  This challenge is not for you.  However, if you’re interested in an engineering challenge just for the fun of it, read on!

Step 1:  Watch this video that gives an overview of the engineering challenge.

Step 2:  Draw out different designs/ideas on paper.

Step 3:  Work with 1-2 other people to decide on the best design.

Step 4:  Gather materials (listed below) and build your design.  Test, modify, test again, modify.  Repeat as needed.

  • Large (approx. 18 oz) paper or plastic cups (10)
  • Small (approx. 9 oz) paper or plastic cups (20)
  • Aluminum foil; cut a larger roll into pieces no larger than 10.75 by 12 inch sheets
  • Popsicle sticks (50)
  • Scotch® tape (1 roll)
  • Approx. 12 mm or 1/2 inch diameter wooden or plastic beads (10)
  • 1 liter (or 32 oz) plastic water bottle
  • Tap water
  • Metric ruler
  • Large, shallow plastic tub to catch water if you are doing the project indoors, or an outdoor area where it is OK to spill water.

View designs here: https://www.sciencebuddies.org/fluor-challenge

If you need help gathering materials, check with your classroom teacher or the EY Coordinator at your building.  Make sure to send a picture of your final design to the EY Coordinator at your building so we can post them on our Student Showcase.

Finio, B. (2017, July 28). Follow the Flow. Retrieved October 5, 2017 from https://www.sciencebuddies.org/science-fair-projects/project-ideas/CE_p025/civil-engineering/water-flow-system

ASA Statistics Poster Competition

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The American Statistical Association (ASA) is dedicated to and involved in enhancing statistics education at all levels.  Check out their annual Poster Contest for students in grades K-12.

Posters are due each year on April 1.

What is a statistical poster? A statistical poster is a display containing two or more related graphics that summarize a set of data, look at the data from different points of view, and answer specific questions about the data.

Check out additional details/rules and look at the winners from last year by visiting the ASA website.

More Writing Opportunities

Stone Soup
  • Stone Soup welcomes submissions from around the world by writers and artists ages 13 and younger.
  • To get an idea of the kind of work Stone Soup has published in the past, look through our Archive of Children’s Writing.
  • Deadline: Ongoing

For more information, visit: https://stonesoup.com/how-to-submit-writing-and-art-to-stone-soup/

Amazing Kids! Magazine
  • This contest is open to kids ages 7 – 18 with separate age categories (7 – 9, 10 – 11, 12 – 14, and 15 – 18).
  • One winner will be selected in each category to win the choice of either a Solitaire Chess game or FootBubbles along with an official certificate verifying their winning entry and publication in the Amazing Kids! Magazine.
  • All entries are due by October 1.

For more information, visit: http://mag.amazing-kids.org/ak-contests/amazing-kids-adventure-contest-create-an-adventure-story/

Mrs. P’s ‘Be a Famous Writer’ Contest
  • Mrs. P’s 9th Annual “Be-A-Famous-Writer” Contest is open to students in  Kindergarten through 4th grade.  
  • The contest starts October 15, 2017 and the 2017 theme is dragons.
  • To get an idea of the kind of work chosen in the past, visit: https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PLF6D83D5011B3185A
  • Deadline is December 15, 2017 (winners announced January 30, 2018)

For more information, visit: http://contest.mrsp.com/