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/
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
3. 3 X 3 Square
- 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
5. 4 X 4 Square
- something that we want to achieve
- an evil giant
- to show the way
6. 4 X 4 Square
- 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
“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:
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?
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/
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/
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/
Image taken from: https://pixabay.com/p-43788/?no_redirect
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.
- Video from John Spencer: https://youtu.be/M1CHPnZfFmU
- 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.
- A QUICK NOTE ON GETTING BETTER AT DIFFICULT THINGS by Ta-Nehisi Coates
- 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.
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…
- create a video of yourself doing 5 animal signs.
- work with a partner (if it’s OK with your teacher) and create a video of 10 animal signs.
- make a class video where each child does a different animal sign.
Image taken from: https://pixabay.com/p-28716/?no_redirect
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:
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.
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