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2021-22 EY Challenge #3

Prosthetic Hands

Please follow these steps to complete this challenge:
1.  Read the article and answer the quiz questions.
2.  Watch the video on 3D Printed Prosthetic Hands

3.  Create a product based on your learning.  Below are a few tutorials if you need an idea.  NOTE:  Always ask for adult permission/supervision when using tools like hot glue guns, scissors, etc.
Make a video of your product and/or take pictures of it in use.  Upload your project to your drive and make it sharable.  Copy the link and paste it in the Google Submission Form:
This challenge closes October 15.

Language Arts Mini Spark #65: Spelling Bee Prep

Let’s get ready for spelling bee season. Watch this video, pause to take notes, and work along with the teacher to practice words that are spelled wrong over and over.
Spend at least 3 minutes taking notes. If you are a spelling PRO, spend more time watching!!

*This is a great word list to use as a practice session!

*Make sure you know how to pronounce all of the words from this list. You can use the internet to help you with this. Type in the word and the word “pronounce” and it will pop up for you.

#1 Start with the first five words.
#2 Whisper spell each one 5 times.
#3 Now practice spelling one word one at a time.
*Look at one word quickly.
*Close your eyes and spell the word using the strategy that works for you.
*Open your eyes and check your spelling from the list.
*Keep practicing until you can spell all 5 correctly.
#4 Repeat with the next 5 on the list.

Try more practice words

Find the list that is right for you
grade 3  grade 4   grade 5   grade 6   grade 7  grade 8
To earn credit for this mini spark, choose 10 words from the grade level that suits you.  Create a study guide. Have a teacher, parent, or peer give you a spelling test over the 10 words you choose. Submit your results and the study guide to your teacher or EY coordinator.
Happy Spelling!

2021 Nebraska Severe Weather/Preparedness PSA Contest: due November 19, 2021

2021 Nebraska Severe Weather/Preparedness PSA Contest

If you are interested in this contest, please email Dr. Spady and we can meet during Warrior Time to come up with a plan.

The winter severe weather season is quickly approaching and it’s time for a new Nebraska Severe Weather Awareness/Preparedness Public Service Announcement (PSA) Contest. The contest is sponsored by Nebraska Association of Emergency Management, the National Weather Service and the Nebraska Emergency Management Agency. The purpose of the PSA contest is to receive a variety of multimedia products from middle school students that promote preparedness, storm readiness, tornado safety, fire safety or other emergency topics.

The PSA contest is open to all seventh and eighth grade media classes in public and private schools and combined home school students. The infograms, short videos (3-5 minutes) and PSAs (30 sec. to 1 min.) should be on anything regarding preparedness including, home fire safety, home disaster preparedness (kits, plans, drills), safety tips for severe weather (tornadoes, severe winter weather, lightning, flooding)

The winning class infogram will receive $100, the winning class PSA will receive $250, and the winning class short video will receive $500. The prizes will be awarded to the teacher for use in the classroom.

Contest rules are as follows:

  1. The contest is open to all middle school (seventh and eighth) media classes in public and private schools along with combined home school students in Nebraska. Please one entry per category per school.
  2. Entries must be related to the theme of severe weather safety/preparedness and will be judged on originality, effort and accuracy. Entries may be a 30-60 sec. video PSA; a 2-5 minute Instructional video or digital image ensemble, Facebook cover image, educational infographic, etc.
  3. Each school is encouraged to conduct the contest. All submittals are to be made electronically to by November 19, 2021 by a link to either YouTube or Vimeo. All submittals become the property of NAEM upon submittal.
  4. Each entry MUST INCLUDE the following information:

All winners will be contacted by phone by December 20, 2021.

Any questions regarding the 2021 Severe Weather PSA should be directed to the local Emergency Management Director/Coordinator or to Laura Hintz (402) 288-5613, email

Contest rules and other information can also be obtained at the Nebraska Association of Emergency Management website at Judging will be done in December by representatives of the contest’s sponsors:  Nebraska Association of Emergency Management, National Weather Service and Nebraska Emergency Management Agency.


Innovation Seminar September 27

Attention 7th and 8th Graders

Have you ever wanted to have your own business? There are 9 spots available for students to spend a day at ESU #3’s Makerspace and Innovation Lab to help develop entrepreneurial ideas!

When:  Monday, September 27 from 9am – 2pm.  You will miss periods 2-9 so it is YOUR RESPONSIBILITY to check with those teachers to see what you’ll miss.
You will need to bring a sack lunch

Email Dr. Spady ASAP if you are interested.

Language Arts Mini Spark #64 Modifiers: What are they? Where do they go?

Modifiers are words, phrases, and clauses that add information about other parts of a sentence—which is usually helpful. But when modifiers aren’t linked clearly enough to the words they’re actually referring to, they can create unintentional ambiguity.

Incorrectly placed modifier: Perched up high on a tree branch, I yelled at the cat to leave the sparrow alone.

Meaning: I don’t tangle with a tabby unless I am perched 10 feet up in the air.

Correctly placed modifier: Seeing a sparrow perched up high on a tree branch, I yelled at the cat to leave him alone.

Meaning: ohhhh….the sparrow is up in the tree. Watch out little sparrow!

#1 Read this teaching page to look over some modifier examples.

#2 Watch this TED Ed video and take detailed notes about modifiers and their placement and navigate the sticky world of misplaced, dangling and squinting modifiers.

#3  Make a visual explaining modifiers with examples of how they are used. Also include your own sentence with a misplaced modifier and then correct the sentence so that the reader understands the meaning.

Challenge:  Do more research about misplaced, dangling and squinting modifiers. Include what you learned in your visual.

Math Counts

Math Counts is a national middle school mathematics competition that builds problem-solving skills and fosters achievement through four levels of fun, in-person “bee” style contests.

Math Counts Sample Problems

Bob is exactly 34 inches taller than his son, Tim. If Tim is 3 feet, 2 inches tall, how tall is Bob, in feet?

The digits 3, 4 and 8 can be used to make six different three-digit numbers in which each digit is used exactly once. What is the average of these six numbers?

If 36 + 64 + 45 + 55 + 56 + 44 + 67 + 33 + 78 + N = 500, what is the value of N?

2021-22 EY Challenge #2

Another Bitsbox Challenge

Thank you to those of you who tried the first EY Challenge of the year.  If you did, this challenge is an extension of that.  If you didn’t do the first challenge, no worries.  This video should help you get started.  Also, here are some basic steps:

1. Draw a picture on paper or using an app on your iPad.    Start with something simple like an animal. I drew this cow using Drawing Pad.  Take a picture of your drawing or take a screenshot.

2.  Go to Safari and type in and in the upper right corner select “kids sign in” and use your Westside Google Account to sign in

3.  From there, the video below should walk you through the steps.

This code is in the video, but here is another copy of what you’ll be typing in on Bitsbox.

Don’t forget to submit your work!

This challenge closes September 24

EY Submission Form Link:

2021-2022 Quiz Bowl at WMS

What is the term for a ball of gas in a liquid?

Russia and Canada are the two geographically larges countries.  Name the third largest.

Express this ratio in lowest terms: 1  3/4 to 7

answers below

The WMS Quiz Bowl team will start practicing soon.  To be considered for the team, please complete this 20-question Google Form quiz sometime before Friday, September 17.
NOTE:  Some of your answers might be counted wrong because of spelling.  I will go back and adjust the scores and NOT take off for spelling.  Just do your best!
Mrs. Weeks (8D History teacher) is the Quiz Bowl coach for WMS and she will notify you about practices, competitions, etc.

Google Form:

Answers to Questions Above: bubble, China, 1 to 4

#86 Football Roster Math

There is a plethora of data when it comes to sports!  Whether you’re looking at individual player stats, team rankings, or just want to see the breakdown of a particular game…MATH IS EVERYWHERE IN SPORTS!

This Mini Spark has you looking at the 21-22 Westside High School Football JV and Varsity Football Roster.  Download and print a copy of the worksheet and roster by clicking the links below.  Or, you can complete the worksheet digitally using Notability or other app on your iPad.

When you’re finished, show your classroom teacher and/or your EY Coordinator.


Football Roster:

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