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STEM Rec Challenges October 22 - 26, 2018

Science
Our Beating Heart.  
The heart is one of the most important organs in the entire human body. In this challenge, students will learn the different functions of the heart. We will also be doing an activity to demonstrate these functionalities.




Literacy 
Lights, Camera, Action.
Literacy is wrapping up our reading unit this week with a fantastic activity. Students will be working in groups, creating their own stories that include all the elements that we have talked about thus far and then acting them out. We can’t wait to see what they come up with!

Social Studies
Castle Hierarchy
We will be doing a challenge that resolves around learning about the hierarchy within a castle town and then they will be making their own coat of arms for their family.


Math, Engineering & Technology
Balloon Cars 
Math will be teaming up with Engineering and Technology for this FINAL week to build cars powered solely by air. Students will learn the scientific princi…

STEMrec Challenges October 15- 17

STEMrec Challenges October 15- 17
Math
Color by Equation
Solve simple math problems and color the math page to create a picture. This guided lessons helps the students master this concept, focusing on shape, addition, subtraction, multiplication, and division. Having a firm grasp of addition, subtraction, multiplication, and division is crucial for math fluency.

Science
Blood
Students will learn the different roles of red, and white blood cells. Also we will be learning the importance of oxygen during exercise to help blood move faster we will be demonstrating this importance through an outdoor running activity.

Literacy 
Sneaky Story Makers-
Students in literacy this week will be reviewing all the elements of a story they have talked about in STEM so far and applying them into the fun running game called sneaky story makers.

Art
Egyptian Characters
In ancient Egypt names we're not written with traditional letters they were written with characters we will be exploring those characters …
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STEMRec October 8-12
Social Studies
California Gold Rush!
This week we will be learning about the California Gold Rush! Students will study how gold was found and why people went west in search of it. They will also learn the process of how they pan for gold. They will get to try panning for gold themselves.



Art
Bubble Lettering
In art this week we will be looking at making names with either bubble letters or 3D letters, and shading. It should be fun as we learn a new way of lettering on paper.





Literacy
SUPER SENSES
Literacy this week is looking for people with eyes, ears, noses, hands and mouths because we’re talking about our senses! We’ll be practicing and doing some exercises with some mystery boxes and playing a game! Come if you dare!


Science
Plant life cycles and seeds
This week we'll be talking about plant life cycles. The role flowers play (or don't play), the role of seeds, and plants' ability to clone themselves.

Math, Engineering & Technology
Balloon Cars, Group 2
Math wil…

STEM Rec Challenges October 1-5

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STEM Rec Challenges
October 1-5
Announcement
The Art Station is trying to round up volunteers who know how to decorate cakes. Are there any talented parents out there who would be willing to volunteer a bit of time and energy assisting the art station with this activity? They are hoping to present “cake decorating” as an art challenge around the first of December.  If you are interested in helping, please email Jenale at jenale.ullman@franklindiscovery.org


Art

Paul Klee - Castle and Sun

Art will be discussing a famous artist by the name of Paul Klee who is known for his unique and creative style. Students will be using shapes and paint to make castles reminiscent of his style.


Literacy
UNO
Game of the Month is UNO! Come learn all the rules of UNO and play with your friends at literacy this week.

Social Studies
Archaeology
We learn about cultures from almost every era of time-but how do we know what life was like back then? Let's head to MesoAmerica and practice some archaeology skills…

STEM Challenges September 24-28

STEM Challenges September 24-28 
Science
Photosynthesis
Plants are autotrophs which means they are able to make their own food. Plants combine energy from sunlight with carbon dioxide in the air to produce sugar in a process called photosynthesis. We're going to learn the basics of photosynthesis and talk about the pigment that makes it possible: chlorophyll.

Math
Build Geometric Shapes
Students will learn the names of geometric shapes and become familiar with what they look like. They will be given a set of cards (2 dimensional and 3 dimensional shapes) to build using toothpicks and marshmallows.

Literacy
Characters and setting in stories
This week we are talking about characters and settings. How are they different? How do they contribute to a story’s tone and mood? We need some students with strong imaginations to come and create their own characters for a story by playing a fun game. Be careful though, there is a twist!

Art
Native American Shields
In art this week we will be talk…

STEM REC Challenges September 17 - 21

STEM REC Challenges September 17 - 21
Engineering and Technology
Lego Craze! 
Our Lego challenge cards are getting more complicated. Come visit us if you haven’t had a chance.

Social Studies
Navajo Code Talkers
Students will learn about the Navajo Code Talkers and their significant impact in World War II. After, they will use the Navajo Code Talker dictionary to decipher codes, and then have the chance to make their own codes to be deciphered by other students.

Literacy
Central Messages in a Story
Literacy will continue exploring stories. Students will find out more about how to improve reading comprehension by understanding a story's central message and plot. Students will be going on a scavenger hunt to find clues about  popular movies and seeing how well they know them by playing a matching game!

Art
Art Games
This week we are going to play games that involve art. Bring your best drawing skills, creativity, and imagination. You’ll need all three. 

Science
Plant Kingdom
The plant kingdom is one…

STEM REC Challenges September 10 - 14

STEM REC Challenges September 10 - 14
Engineering and Technology
Lego Mania
Engineering will be conducting a 3 week unit on Legos.  We will start this week with a basic Lego building game. Students will receive cards with instructions of something to build and they will have a certain amount of time to complete what is on their card. The goal is to see how many challenge cards they can get through in the time allotted and how creative they can be.  This fun game will prepare them for more advanced Lego building in the weeks to follow.

Social Studies
Patriots Day
September 11th will remain seared into the minds of many Americans. What happened and how did people respond? We’ll learn about that day and provide an optional take home challenge where students can ask their parents about their 9/11 experiences.

Literacy
Creative Details
Students will dive a little deeper into stories because we are focusing on all the juicy details that make up good stories! We are playing a guessing game and…