Category Archives: Learning Opportunities

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.

#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 .

# 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/

#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

#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?

#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/

#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/

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/

Image taken from: https://pixabay.com/p-43788/?no_redirect