Thursday, December 14, 2017

STEM Rec Challenges / December 18 - 22

Wishing you a season of gladness, a season of cheer and to top it all off --
a wonderful year !

Happy Holidays to all of you from the STEM Rec team at FDA

STEM Rec Challenges
December 18 - 22

Science
Touch Focus Challenge.  We can learn a lot about an object through a single touch. This is possible because of the many different nerve cell types we have in and under our skin. We'll talk about where these nerve cells are concentrated and what that means for our brains.

Literacy -
All aboard the Polar Express. Students will participating in activities centered around the book, The Polar Express. Will they be able to hear the magic Christmas bell? There will be games, puzzles and even a cup of hot cocoa with marshmallows!!

Social Studies
Givers Unite. You’ve surely heard of Santa Claus, but he’s not the only generous character this time of year.  Let us introduce you to some new-to-you winter-time gift givers from around the world.

Engineering
Gift Workshop.  Creativity and ingenuity will be in demand as students prepare presents from materials in the makerspace.  

Math
Frosty the Snowman and the power of Pi. For this challenge students will be building snowmen and measuring the radius and circumference of each of their circles. They will then see how close they can get to Pi using those measurements. On the back of the snowmen  students will try and write down as many digits of Pi as they can memorize throughout the lesson.

Art
Christmas Ornaments. Students will be making a variety of ornaments this week. Glitter will be involved again much to the excitement of the students and the chagrin of the art station masters.

Monday, December 11, 2017

Dinostars, the Musical





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Dinostars, the musical, will be presented by the First and Second Grades during the next block. (Jan-Feb)
Sadly, we couldn’t fit all the younger students into the Christmas Musical,
so, the next block will be dedicated just to them.

Thank you for all your support!


Thursday, December 7, 2017

STEM Rec / December 11 -15

STEM Rec Challenges
December 11 - 15

Science
Hearing Focus Challenge. We have a single mouth and nose, but two ears. Do we benefit from hearing in stereo? We're going to experiment to see if two ears are really better than one and compare our ears to some animal super-hearers.

Literacy - Morgan D
Letter Writing.  In literacy this week students will have the opportunity to practice their writing skills as they write letters to those who might need a pick-me-up. In the spirit of the holiday season, students will have the chance to brighten the lives of others such as children in the hospital or military members serving away from their families. Tis the season to spread some warmth into the world!

Social Studies
Chinese mythology.  When I say ‘dragons’ you probably think King Arthur.  When you hear about gods and monsters Ancient Greece likely comes to mind.  Perhaps we should stay in China another week and open up a new world of mythology.

Engineering / Math / Art
Foxville Christmas Village. Students will continue the design and construct of their own building to be included in our FDA Christmas Village. Students will then paint and decorate their building at the art station. The village will be on display through the month of December. We are hopeful this will be an exciting and unify project for our student body.  We need parents to help in the design/construction process and the painting/decorating process. Thank you to all those who helped last week. Please see sign up page on facebook if you are interested.  

Thursday, November 30, 2017

STEM Rec Challenges / December 4 - 8

STEM Rec Challenges
December 4 - 8

Science
Smell Focus Challenge. Humans are thought to be able to distinguish a trillion unique smells. We'll learn about how our nose recognises smells, compare our sense of smell to some animal super-smellers, and then see how how many of our mystery smells the students can identify.


Engineering / Math / Art
Foxville Christmas Village. Students will design and construct their own building to be included in our FDA Christmas Village. Students will then paint and decorate their building at the art station. The village will be on display through the month of December. We are hopeful this will be an exciting and unify project for our student body.  We need parents to help in the design/construction process and the painting/decorating process. Please see sign up page on facebook. Examples as follows:





Social Studies
Great Wall of China. One of the seven Wonders of the World, the Great Wall of China is so massive it can be seen from space.  Constructed across centuries, it protected the people of China.  Can you work with kids across classes to build your own Great Wall?

Literacy
Conversation Jenga.  This week students will be testing balancing skills by doing Conversation Jenga in literacy! It's Jenga but with a literacy twist, so you have to answer questions as you play!


Tuesday, November 28, 2017

Food Drive

Our annual food drive will take place from Dec. 1 to Dec. 15. Homerooms will be competing to see who brings the most food, with the winning homeroom receiving a special party. The deadline to bring food is 5:30 PM Dec. 15. The final count will be done on Monday the 18th and the winning homeroom will be announced as soon as everything is counted.

All the food donated will be taken to Community Action in Provo. The following items are the most needed:
  • Wet goods: condiments, peanut butter, jelly, syrup, etc. 
  • Canned meat: tuna, chicken, beef etc. 
  • Canned Fruit: Mandarin oranges, peaches, pears, etc. 
  • Soup and stew 
  • Items for kids’ nutrition packs: granola bars, natural juice boxes, raisins, peanut butter crackers, fruit and grain bars, Easy Mac, Chef Boyardee microwave meal, etc.

Monday, November 27, 2017

The Littlest Reindeer



The Littlest Reindeer
A Christmas Musical will be presented by
Franklin Discovery Academy
Dec. 20th 
at 10:00 a.m. 
and at 6 p.m.
Rehearsals will be 
Dec. 18th and Dec. 19th
from 3:30 to 4:30.

Sunday, November 26, 2017

STEM1 Rec Challenges / November 27 - December

STEM Rec Challenges
November 27 - December 1

Science
Taste Focus Challenge. We've completed our month on magnets, and this week move on to studying our senses. First up is our sense of taste. Gustatory cells allow us to experience taste, but not everyone experiences taste the same way. Students will compare their sense of taste to others and see if they might be a supertaster.

Literacy - Morgan D
Making books come to life. We will be reading selected children's books, discussing them, and then making books come to life by acting them out! The focus will be on the elements of a story.
Art
2D Snow Globes. It is getting cold outside, so on our journey around the world we are going to Austria to learn about snow globes  and how they are made. Students will then have fun making their own 2D snow globe!

Technology
Photography Scavenger Hunt.  Students will be introduced to photography and given the opportunity to explore their creative side.
Math
Building shapes with cubes. Students will be building shapes with cubes and learning the difference in how shapes are made up and the different ways to find their perimeters and areas by counting the cubes that make up the outside of the shape and filling in the entire shape to find the area.

Social Studies
Samurai Training. This week we head East to Feudal Japan.  We’ve seen soldiers before, but nothing quite matches up to the Samurai training.  Could you live up to the Bishido code?

Thursday, November 16, 2017

Veteran's Day Rehearsal


We will be having a 
Veteran's Day rehearsal
in the gym for 
all music students (1st-6th) 
Thursday afternoon 
at 3:30 and also 
Friday morning at 7:30.

The performance will be in the gym Friday at 10:00.

STEM Rec / November 20 -21

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Due to the short week, STEM Rec will not be offering challenges. We will be having a few days of crafts and games instead. Students will also be able to purchase some Christmas items with their fox dots at our "Pre-Christmas" sale.  

The STEM Rec team wishes everyone the happiness of good friends, the joy of a happy family, and the wonder of the happy season.  Have a memorable Thanksgiving!

Monday, November 13, 2017

Angel Tree

The Angel Tree is now up! In addition to helping local families, the tree also includes tags for donating to refugees in Bangladesh.

Participating is easy. Just take a tag from the tree- angel tags ask that you fill out the bottom portion and return it to me- and read the information on the back. Then go shopping! Bring unwrapped gifts and donations back to the school by Dec. 15.

Donations of wrapping materials (paper, bows, ribbon, etc) are also welcome.

Applications for the tree are still available!

Thursday, November 9, 2017

STEM Rec Challenges / November 13 -17

STEM Rec Challenges
November 13 - 17

Science
This week’s topic is the largest magnet on earth - the planet earth! The earth’s molten iron core produces a magnetic field around the planet. Students will learn about how compasses are affected by earth’s magnetic field, the difference between magnetic north and geographic north, and then will build their own compass.

Standard: Students will understand that magnetism can be observed when there is an interaction between the magnetic fields of magnets or between a magnet and materials made of iron.

Literacy
Do you love reading? Do you love relaxing? What about reading and relaxing at the same time? And pillows? If you love all of those things and more, then you'll definitely want to check out literacy this week! We're focusing entirely on reading by doing fun read alouds and having a nice, quiet and relaxing Pillow Party that we think everybody will enjoy!

Art
We are going to be learning about the Aztecs in art this week. It'll be a lot of fun we will be talking about the importance of the sun. We will be making our own Aztec sun. We will be learning about patterns, shapes, and symmetry.

Technology
We are taking the design process a little further with user-centered design. This will be a fun game looking at the design process and thinking about needs of an Extraordinaire. You could get a cooking utensil for a knight.  It's game time in engineering.

Social Studies
This week in Social Studies, it's time to travel to America during the Revolutionary War! Would you have been a Loyalist or a Patriot? Find out for yourself what caused the war and pick a side.

Math

In math, we will be looking at area and perimeter in our surroundings. Using rulers and other instruments,, students will be  measuring everyday items.

Monday, November 6, 2017

Music Concerts and More

 Our music classes are excited to present a Veteran’s Day Program on Nov. 17th at 10 a.m.



These same classes get to present a Christmas Musical, the last week of school in December.

Also, we’ve been asked to perform in the concert called Hope Of America this spring.  An extended block will be offered for this exciting opportunity. 

The following is a description of the courses offered this block in music:

Music Discoveries (1st and 2nd grade)  - Students will be engaged in a variety of singing activities that nurture the natural development of the singing voice. In this class, students will experience tempo through listening to and moving to slow and fast beats. Students will also explore dynamics through many different classroom activities.  This class will have the opportunity to sing in the school’s Veteran’s Day Program.   

Group Piano, Level 1 (4th-6th) – This class will sing in the school’s Veteran’s Day Program.    Additionally, students will learn how to read and play music on the piano. This class will incorporate the middle C position method along with intervallic reading. Individual practice time is a part of group piano that will require headphones.  I have headphones available that will be sanitized after each use, but if you’d like to have your own headsets please label them and they will be placed in the student practice folders.  The Dollar Tree has headsets available for $1.00 and they have $1.00 binders that also will be used in this class. 

Group Piano Level 2 (4-6th)– This is an extension of the first group piano class. Students will continue learning to play the piano through the intervallic and middle C approach. This class will also sing in the school’s Veteran’s Day Program. Individual practice time is a part of group piano that will require headphones.  I have headphones available that will be sanitized after each use, but if you’d like to have your own headsets please label them and they will be placed in the student practice folders.  The Dollar Tree has headsets available for $1.00 and they have $1.00 binders that also will be used in this class. 

A Different BeatThis class will sing in the school’s Veteran’s Day Program.    Students will experience a variety of songs and singing games, chosen to develop the voice in a healthy manner. In this class, students will be playing recorders, xylophones, ukuleles, piano, and boomwhackers.  Students will also gain an appreciation for music through movement, listening, and an in depth look at worldwide musical cultures. 


Music Moves Me - Students will learn to create their own musical style through improvising and practicing a wide variety of instruments and song literature. Students will also develop skill in balancing vocal and instrumental timbre in a group performance.  Many instruments will be played in this class including the ukulele, piano, recorders, and percussion instruments. This class will sing in the school’s Veteran’s Day Program and the Christmas Musical.

Thursday, November 2, 2017

STEM Rec Challenges / November 6 -10

STEM Rec Challenges
November 6 - 10

Science
Electromagnet Focus Challenge.  Continuing with our theme on magnets we'll discuss the connection between electricity and magnetism. Students will then experiment with different types electromagnets to see which work best.

Standard: Students will understand that magnetism can be observed when there is an interaction between the magnetic fields of magnets or between a magnet and materials made of iron.

Literacy
Sneaky Story Makers.  We are going to be learning how to be story makers by playing a game outside where we have to sneak up on the "publisher" before he catches you!

Art
This week on our art journey around the world, we’re doing a molas lesson. Molas are fabric appliqué folk art from Panama. The Kuna people on the San Blas Islands cut and sew these bright and colorful panels and stitch them to the front and back of their clothes. We will be using paper to create similar patterns. So be thinking about an animal you can use in your molas pattern.

Technology
We will be using the design process to create a marble maze. We will also discuss the first ever recorded maze, the “Egyptian Labyrinth”.

Social Studies
Now that you've learned about mummies, come learn all about where these mummies are laid to rest: the pyramids! How were they built? Why were they built? Join the Adventurer's Guild to see if you can find the treasure hidden deep in the pyramid tombs!

Math
We will be playing a math game where the students will team up. Each team will take turn drawing a card from a category ranging from arithmetic to logic puzzles. The first team to answer the question gets to keep the card which equals one point.