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STEM Rec Challenges February 11 - 15, 2019

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STEM Rec Challenges February 11 - 15, 2019


Science 
Clouds and Weather. This is the first week of the sciences table's weather unit. Students will learn to identify different types of clouds and what they do. They will also learn the causes of precipitation.


Technology 
Coding. Students will be building the layout of a game, creating the art and animating a character to play in the game using Bloxels. Bloxels is a hands-on platform for kids to build, collaborate, and tell stories through video game creation. Thank you to the Trueblood family for donating this fun program.

Art
Watercolor.  Art will be working on some watercolor Valentine's Day art.  Give your watercolor art piece to your favorite Valentine or you can use it to decorate your room.

Literacy
Don't Eat Pete! Students will learn new vocabulary words by reading a fun book. They will reinforce the new vocabulary by playing a fun game called “Don’t Eat Pete”!

Social Studies
Ruby Bridges was six when she became the first Afric…
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STEM Rec Challenges February 4 - 8, 2019

Yarn Needed
 Students have started crocheting in STEM and we are in need of yarn.  If you have any extra, please consider donating it to the school. 



This week STEM is traveling to China to celebrate Chinese New Year!

Art Year of the Pig. The Chinese zodiac is a classification scheme that assigns an animal and its reputed attributes to each year in a repeating 12-year cycle. Students will learn about the different animals that represent each year. This is the year of the pig and in art we will be drawing one.

Social Studies
The Lion Dance is a form of traditional Chinese dance performed on joyous festivals, such as Chinese New Year. Students will learn the history behind this dance and other Chinese folklore. 

Technology 
Chinese Checkers - Game of the Month. Chinese checkers is a simple, entertaining game that is both mentally challenging and easy to learn. The star-shaped board consists of a 61-hole central hexagon and six 10-hole equilateral triangle…

STEM Rec Challenges January 28 - February 1, 2019

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STEM Rec Challenges January 28 - February 1, 2019


Shout out to a couple of awesome parents at Franklin Discovery.

Deirdre Davis, thank you for purchasing materials for STEM.  Remember, any $10 purchase is counted as one volunteer hour.  Tiffany Rogers & Alicia Hawks, thank you for leading after school clubs. After school clubs in STEM run from 3:15 - 4:00. Clubs change every term so the commitment would be about 6 weeks.  As a parent you could work with a small group of students to teach them a new skill or craft.  We would especially love to have some STEM related clubs. Some of the past clubs we have offered are: drama, dance, chess, science, art, ASL, snap circuits, coding and sports to name a few. What are your talents? Come and share them with the children.



Social Studies
All That Jazz! Students will explore the origins and evolution of jazz and how it has influenced our culture.  They will then play a rousing game of musical chairs using jazz music!


Science 
Population genetics. Ov…

STEM Rec Challenges January 22 - 25, 2019

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STEM Rec Challenges January 22 - 25, 2019
No School - Monday, January 21
Martin Luther King Jr Day
“Darkness cannot drive out darkness; only light can do that. Hate cannot drive out hate; only love can do that.”

Social Studies
Martin Luther King Jr. Students will listen to clips of Martin Luther King Jr’s famous I Have a Dream speech and then make a unity mural to remind us that in standing together, we can accomplish a lot. "Alone we can do so little, together we can do so much." --Helen Keller

Science 
Inheritance. What does it mean when we say we are related to someone? This week we'll learn about how chromosomes are passed between generations. How many chromosomes do you share with your siblings? How many would you share with a cousin?

Technology 
Coding Unit. Week three of the coding unit continues by introducing the students to code.org, a programmed designed to teach students how to code.


Art
Alma Woodsey ThomasA role model for women and African-American artists, Alma Wood…

STEM Rec Challenges January 14 - 18, 2019

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STEM Rec Challenges January 14 - 18, 2019



Science 
Instructions for Life. All life on earth has something in common: deoxyribonucleic acid. That's DNA. All living things use DNA to store their genetic information; like a recipe book for their bodies. This week we'll learn about DNA as a language and how our cells read it.




Math
Math War A card game where each player gets dealt half the deck and the cards are put face down in a stack in front of the players. Both players turn their top card face up at the same time. The person with the higher card wins that draw. A little twist, our game will include lots of addition for students to practice their basic math skills.



Art
Shading and contrast. In art this week we are going to design our own snowmen using charcoals as the medium. By exploring the degrees of color available in this weeks project, we will also learn the principle of shading and contrast



Literacy
Punctuation Panther. Get ready to learn about punctuation: periods, commas, and…

STEM Rec Challenges January 7 - 11, 2019

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STEM Rec Challenges January 7 - 11, 2019


Art
Game of the month:  Sleeping Queens. Rise and shine! The Pancake Queen, the Ladybug Queen, and ten of their closest friends have fallen under a sleeping spell and it's your job to wake them up. Come and play a FDA favorite invented by a six year old child.

Science 
Crime scene prints.  As humans touch surfaces throughout the day they may leave behind copies of their fingerprints. This can be useful during crime scene investigations as it helps detectives identify people who were present at the crime scene. We'll discuss the different types of prints that can be left behind and practice matching crime scene prints to a group of suspects.

Literacy 
Capitalization. Capital letters are incredibly important. Literacy will be reviewing the rules for using capitals: the first letter of a sentence, a proper noun, or a proper adjective. The names of the days of the week and the names of the months are also capitalized. Whether you know all the rule…

STEM Rec Challenges January 2 - 4, 2019

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STEM Rec Challenges January 2 - 4, 2019


Science 
Marie Sklodowska Curie.  We'll wrap up our unit on the Nobel prize by talking about one of its most successful laureates. In the past 118 years that the Nobel prize has been awarded just over 600 individuals have won a Nobel prize in the sciences (Physics, Chemistry, or Physiology and Medicine). And only one person has ever won a Nobel prize in BOTH Physics and Chemistry. Arguably one of the most hard working and successful scientists in recent history, this week we will learn about the life and discoveries of Marie Curie.

Literacy 
Happy Dreamer. Literacy will be discussing dreaming big and then setting goals to help us accomplish our dreams. The lesson will be focused around the book "Happy Dreamer" written by Peter H. Reynolds.

Social Studies
New Year Traditions. How do other cultures celebrate the start of a new year?  Students will explore traditions from around the world and then make their own 2019 glasses!

Engineering 
LEGO…