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# 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.

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Virginia Frank Memorial Writing Contest

The Friends of Omaha Public Library are currently accepting submissions for the Virginia Frank Memorial Writing Contest.  The contest is for students in 5-8th grade.  First prize in each grade is $100.

The Virginia Frank Memorial Writing contest is held each year in the spring to recognize the creative writing talent of area students. This contest, sponsored by the Friends of Omaha Public Library, recognizes the top three winners from each grade. Each winner receives a cash prize and certificate, is recognized in a ceremony at the library, and has their story published on the library website. The school libraries of each winning student are also recognized with a matching cash prize.

Eligibility Requirements

  • Students must be in 5th to 8th grade and live in Douglas or Sarpy counties.
  • Students may be enrolled in public, private, parochial or home school.
  • Stories must be typed and no longer than 750 words.
  • Include a separate cover page with the title of the story; the writer’s name, current grade, address and phone number; and the name, address and phone number of the writer’s school.
  • Entries must be original fiction featuring a character from a book you have enjoyed and read on your own. Identify the book and author from which your character originated in the title or subtitle of your story.
  • Only one entry per contestant will be accepted.
  • The decision of the judges is final.
  • All entries become the property of Friends of Omaha Public Library (FOPL) and may be featured by Omaha Public Library on its website or social media.
  • Deadline for entries is March 2, 2018.


  • First ($100), second ($50) and third place ($25)
  • Prizes will be awarded to the top three winners from each grade.
  • The school library of the winning students will be recognized with matching cash prizes.

Read the winning stories from the 2017 Virginia Frank Memorial Writing Contest

About Virginia Frank

The Virginia Frank Memorial Writing Contest began in 2003 and is named in honor of a longtime Friends of Omaha Public Library volunteer. Virginia Frank was a Central High and UNO graduate. She acquired a master’s degree from Brown University and taught English literature and creative writing at UNO for many years. Her passion for students and young people inspired everyone around her, and her enthusiasm encouraged many students to explore their creative writing talents. Frank volunteered thousands of hours with the Friends of OPL to help ensuring a bright future for our public libraries.

#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

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.

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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:
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#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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#30 Reading Enrichment: Growth Mindset Part 1


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:
  2. Cartoons and Growth Mindset:

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

  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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WOW! That’s Engineering Event Sept 30, 2017

Who: 6th-10 Grade Girls interested in engineering fields 
When: Saturday, September 30, 2017 – 8:30 AM to 3 PM
Where: College of Saint Mary
7000 Mercy Road
Omaha NE  68106
Cost: FREE!! Pre-registration is required due to limited space.
Parents & Educators are welcome to join us for our Parent & Educator Track!!
Our event is aimed at encouraging young women to pursue careers in Engineering and Technology!
Students will experience:
Mechanical Engineering
Chemical Engineering
Civil Engineering
Systems Engineering
Registration Materials  Click here
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#25 Math Minute: Sweet Math

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You can think of almost anything as a math problem!

Ms. Fibonacci in Math Curse by Jon Scieszka

This week’s math minute has you diving into a box of donuts and solving a variety of math problems.  Correctly answer all the problems on the worksheet and earn a round prize. You can work individually or as a class.  Due to the complexity of some of the questions, It’s acceptable to use your resources (ie. teacher, older brother or sister, Internet to look up a formula, etc.) and ask for help.

“Donut” let this opportunity slip by!
Start solving these “sweet” math problems today!

Click here for a .pdf version of the questions

Click here for a digital version of the questions