# Early Enrichment #28 Fall into Fall

I don’t know about you, but I love fall! My favorite part is when the leaves change colors and fall to the ground.

Watch this time lapse video to see it for yourself!

This week, for early enrichment you are going to investigate why leaves change colors and fall to the ground.

First, listen or read the Wonderopolis article Why do leaves change colors in autumn?

Third,  create a Chatter Pix video explaining why leaves change colors and fall to the ground.

Share your video with your EY Coordinator!

Check out more fun Fall Science experiments and activities at home. See below!

Leaf Chromatography

Why do apples turn brown?

Fall Nature Walk Bingo

# Early Enrichment #27: Be a Famous Writer

If you like reading, writing, or illustrating stories, you are in the right place!

Each school year, you learn important skills at school that help you become a better writer. Writing a story can be challenging sometimes, but Jeff Kinney, the author of Diary of a Wimpy Kid, has some great tips for you to follow:

1. Take your time writing. To become an expert, you need lots of practice!

3. Be unique. Try something new and make your work stand out.

For this week’s early enrichment, check out

Mrs. P’s 8th Annual “Be-A-Famous-Writer” Contest

To enter, your class will need to write a story on the topic of the LIBRARY. Your story can be nonfiction or fiction, but it has to be at least 250 words, and it cannot be more than 1,000.

When you are finished have your teacher email the story to your EY Coordinator! We will share your stories on the blog 🙂

Good luck!

# Early Enrichment #26: Metric Me!

Did you know that during the Olympics things are measured differently?

At school, we learn how to measure with inches, feet and yards. However, during Olympics races are measured using the Metric System. They use centimeters, meters, and kilometers.

If you look closely at a ruler you can see the centimeters system.

Download and print the Metric Me! worksheet to practice measuring using the metric system.

You’ll be ready for the Olympics in no time!

# Early Enrichment #25: The Olympic Games

Ready to dive into the new year with Early Enrichment?

Let’s learn all about the Olympics!

Listen to this story called Olympic Dreams by Claire Llewellyn.

Once every four years countries put together teams of  the best athletes  to compete for a gold, silver, or bronze medals. During the summer olympics, athletes compete in wrestling, weightlifting, volleyball, track, tennis, swimming, gymnastics, and many more sports.

You can read more about the Olympics on the Time for Kids.

If you were to be an olympic athlete, what sport would you want to compete in?

Comment Below!

# Early Enrichment #24: Goodnight, Elephant and Piggie

On May 3, the 25th and final book in the “Elephant & Piggie” series goes on sale. In “The Thank You Book,” Gerald (the elephant) and his pal Piggie thank everyone they know, but not before embarking on one more endearing experience.

Elephant and Piggie books, by Mo Willems have been children’s favorites since they were first published in 2007. Since then, Willems has published 25 adventures with the beloved characters. The final book, The Thank You Book, was released on May 3rd, 2016.

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To celebrate the Elephant and Piggie books, check out the Thank-O-Rama Website. You can create a thank you for someone special, learn how to draw Piggie, make puppets, and color.

Mo Willem’s Thank – O – Rama

Also try:

Before you go, comment below and share your favorite Elephant and Piggie book or memory!

# Early Enrichment #23: Dream Learning Spaces

Our school district is going through a lot of changes, and classrooms will begin to look very different over the next few years. Have you ever imagined your classroom looking different?

Would you have cool seating in your classroom?

What about a place to create?

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How will you showcase your learning?

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Are you like me, and like quiet areas to read?

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Here’s your chance to become an architect and design your new learning space.

Design your dream classroom or learning space. Grab a poster and other materials to create your new learning space. You can add whatever features you think would help your learning, but make sure to include  the following:

(1) A place to collaborate or work with your classmates

(2) A area to create and make things

(3) A space to showcase your learning

(4) A quiet area to work and read

We will post the top designs on our Student Showcase!

# Early Enrichment #22: Roman Numerals

I II III IV V VI VII VIII IX X

I just counted to ten can you believe it?! It doesn’t look like I did, because they are letters,  but long ago that is how numbers looked liked. Number like that have a special name,

Roman Numerals

We don’t use Roman Numerals often, but you can find them on clocks, in books, and even at the super bowl each year.

Can you figure out your birthday in Roman Numerals? Here is an example:

Abraham Lincoln was born on February 12, 1809. That is the same as 2/12/1809

2 = II                           12 = XII

(1809 = 1000 + 800 + 9)                           1000 = M                           800 = D C C C                           9 = IX

II – XII – MDCCCIX

# Early Enrichment #21: Are We There Yet (Ep.3)

This week we are going far, far away.

To get there you will be traveling almost 6,500 miles! It would take you at least 18 hours to fly there. Curious where you are headed? Check out these photos to see if you can figure it out.

Welcome to China!

Modern day China was formed after World War II, and it is the country with the biggest population in the world. There are over 1.3 billion people that live in the country! The capital of China is Beijing (bay-jing), but it’s largest city is Shanghai (shang-hi). To learn more intersting facts about China, check out National Geographic Kids’ country profile and try the activities below.

(1) Learn to count to 10 in Mandarin Chinese— Watch the video and share with friends

(3) Make your own Chinese Abacus—  (Chinese calculating instrument, also called Swan-Pan.)

(4) Chinese Tangrams— Cut out shapes and to create different images

# Early Enrichment #20: Math Challenges

Do you have what it takes to be a math olympiad?

Try these math challenges to find out!

(1) How many squares and triangles are there in the following drawing?

(2) Draw the following shapes in one stroke without lifting the pencil and without retracing the same line.

(3) Sam lives in an apartment building. There are 3 levels above her and 2 levels below her. How many levels are there in the building?

(4) What do the following letters have in common?

Y M A O T U V X

(5) There are 2 rings and 6 triangles. Move the rings and triangles so that each ring has 4 triangles in them.

(6)  Alphabet Spaghetti Puzzle

Spaghetti is famous for the way it all gets tangled up on the plate. Those of you who think they know their alphabet are bound to get all tangled up with this puzzle too, unless you read it and think about it very carefully!

What letter of the alphabet is the one which comes eight letters before the letter which comes five letters after the fourth appearance of the first letter to occur four times in this sentence?

Questions from Math Top 10 and Math is Fun

# Early Enrichment #19: Are We There Yet? (E.2)

This week we are traveling to visit one of the largest cities in the world,

London, England!

England is a part of Great Britain or the United Kingdom, and makes up the southern half. You can see it below in Yellow. Can you believe London, England is 4,287 mi away from Omaha, Nebraska. To get there you would have to take at least two different planes!

Checkout these activities about London, England: