Thursday, January 18, 2018

STEM Rec / Jan 22 - 26

STEM Rec Challenges
January 22-26, 2018

Science
What is matter?  Our new unit for this month is about matter. We’ll talk about the difference between atoms, elements, and molecules. We'll also discuss how molecules behave when they are in a solid, liquid, or a gas.


Literacy
Look at the evidence.  Oh no! Miss Morgan and Miss Rhylee need your help! A crime has been committed in the Literacy Reading Corner!!! Using your best detective, problem solving and reasoning skills can you figure out what happened? Who did it? And why? We need your help to solve this case!


Objective: Students will practice making inferences and using them to draw conclusions.


Social Studies
Civil War. North vs. South. Neighbor vs. neighbor. Brother vs. brother. Come to Social Studies and learn about the Civil War--the who, the what, and the why.  Will you survive?


Technology
Power Up the Potato.  Now that our research is finished, we are ready to make vegetable and fruit batteries. Students will be measuring several fruits and vegetables to see which one registers higher on the meter. We'll start with a hypothesis, make observations, and then gather data to obtain a conclusion.


Math
Superheroes to the Rescue. How do you get children interested in math?  By involving superheroes of course. Students will be playing a superhero card game where they power up by adding numbers together fast to beat the super villains. The objective is to do the math as efficiently as possible while memorizing math facts.


Art
Origami Anyone? The art station will be stopping in Japan this week where students will discussing the fine art of origami. There will be a variety of projects for everyone. S

Friday, January 12, 2018

Our Fish Tank Runneth Over

Hello Fabulous Franklin Discovery Families!

After many weeks of discussion and contemplation (and a break that produced about 100 new baby guppies), it is finally time for Guppy Giveaway Day!  This is FREE event!

Guppy Giveaway Day: Friday, January 19, 2018 @ 3:20 PM - 3:50 PM



This is a special day that your child or children may have spoken about previously.  We are offering a chance for your family to adopt a Guppy from our main fish tank.  This offer if for (1) fish only.  There is an option for adopting more than one fish, but there are specific ratios for males and females in one tank that would need to be considered.

Please read the information below and use the link to submit your request if you are interested.

Considerations:

1.  This offer is for a fish only.  The tank, supplies and food are NOT included.  Please visit the link below for proper Guppy care.

http://guppy-fish.com/

2.  There is a permission form for families to complete (in Google Forms-see link below).  This is to ensure that students do not take a fish home without parent knowledge.

https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLSdLccu_lHvb4pZ-w850ElLdOaDl4KQCNqcF6ZqtrJB6YR-yLg/viewform?usp=sf_link

3.  There are enough guppies right now for about 20 families to take home a fish, so this is a first come, first served event.  I will track responses and make a list of families eligible for a fish.  I will then contact those families with further instructions and to answer any questions.

4.  The fish will only survive in the bag for about an hour (maybe two) so it is important to get him or her home right away.  Also, since the weather could turn very cold any time, it is important not to have the fish outside for any amount of time.

If you have any questions before filling out the form, please feel free to contact Ms. Gallup at the school: Ph: 801-785-6500 or Email: janette.gallup@franklindiscovery.org


STEM Rec Challenges / January 16 - 19

STEM Rec Challenges
January 16-19, 2018

No School - Monday, January 15 (Martin Luther King Day)

Science
Morning:
Optical Illusions use color, light or patterns to create images that can be deceptive or misleading to our brains. Students will scrutinize some illusions to sort out reality from perception.

Afternoon:
Seed germination is an essential step in a plant’s life cycle and very well regulated. We'll be setting up experiments to both determine which conditions encourage germination, and to practice experimental design. Students will learn about forming a hypothesis, choosing treatment conditions, and the importance of a control group.

Literacy
Illustrators For A Day.  Get your best drawing and coloring skills ready because this week in literacy we are talking about pictures books! Students will have a chance to do some illustrations for some popular and classic picture books and then compare their work with the illustrators!  

Social Studies
Escape to freedom.  What was the purpose of the Underground Railroad?   Come learn about the heroic men and women who made their way North and see if you have the skill and luck needed to make it through yourself.

Technology / Engineering
Science Fair Research. This week students will be using technology to research science fair projects. They will be focusing on the brainstorming and research portion at school. Projects will need to be completed at home.  

Math
Plotting and Graphing.  In math this week, students will be learning about plotting points and how to graph them.  Students will learn about the four quadrants and their placements and how they work. They will complete the assignment when they plot specific points on the graph and connect the points to create a picture.

Art
Russia Bound. On our journey around the world, Russia will be our next stop. We will be talking about the famous visual artist Wassily Kandinsky. Students will re-create their  own version of his work working with color study, squares and concentric circles. It will be a great project with lots of color.

Thursday, January 11, 2018

The Littlest Reindeer

The Littlest Reindeer
Pictures and Videos

Special Thank you to Heather Buell, Heather Zemp, and Rachel Smith for providing these pics and videos


         











Thursday, January 4, 2018

STEM Rec Challenges / Jan 8 -12

STEM Rec Challenges
January 8-12, 2018


Science
We are trying something different in science during the month of January.  We will be conducting a morning session with one objective and an afternoon sessions with a different one.  The following week, these sessions will flip so every student will have a chance to attend both.  

Morning:
Seed germination is an essential step in a plant’s life cycle and very well regulated. We'll be setting up experiments to both determine which conditions encourage germination, and to practice experimental design. Students will learn about forming a hypothesis, choosing treatment conditions, and the importance of a control group.

Afternoon:
Optical Illusions use color, light or patterns to create images that can be deceptive or misleading to our brains. Students will scrutinize some illusions to sort out reality from perception.

Literacy
Look at the evidence. What do you think? Oh no! Miss Morgan and Miss Rhylee need your help! A crime has been committed in the Literacy Reading Corner!!! Using your best detective, problem solving and reasoning skills can you figure out what happened? Who did it? And why? We need your help to solve this case!

Objective: Students will practice making inferences and using them to draw conclusions.

Social Studies
The Civil War. It was hard and heavy. This week, with the help of Dr. Seuss and The Sneetches,  we'll try to make this historical landmark more, well, elementary.

Engineering
What makes a building strong? It's not just the material but also the shapes. We will explore other structures to see what has worked in the past. We will then build a building out of paper and straws to make a structure that will hold a textbook.

Math
Common Denominators. We will be talking about common denominators and how they are used. Each student will reach into a bag that has an assortment of different numbers. They will grab three different numbers and then break down each number into all of the common denominators that they can find.
Art
Radial Balance. Art this week will be a lot of fun. We will be discussing symmetrical designs like Mandalas and Rangolis from India. Students will then make similar patterns called radial designs.

Wednesday, January 3, 2018

A New Term!

In our third term, I have several new classes and an updated regular that will be part of my curriculum on a yearly basis.

1st and 2nd graders get Economics and Citizens and Communities.  In Economics, students will learn the basics of economics by building their own businesses.  While our businesses will be fake, I'm hoping that students will get an idea of what it takes to build an actual business.  In Citizens and Communities, we'll learn about the people that help our communities to function, including police, firefighters, and soldiers.

3rd and 4th graders will learn about Vikings and Utah.  Vikings is a Core Knowledge-based class, in which we'll learn how Vikings lived, died, and fought.  We'll learn that Vikings were not brainless fighters, but rather people with a plan, and that plan is world domination.  Utah is my yearly class.  It is the Utah social studies requirement for 4th grade.  In this class, we'll learn about this history of Utah, which will prepare students to take leadership positions in the state.

4th graders also get to take part in a class with 5th and 6th graders.  This class is based on the Civil War.  I've had success teaching 1st and 2nd graders about the Civil War, and hope to bring that curriculum up to 5th and 6th graders, with some 4th graders in the class as well.  We'll learn the causes, results, and some of the battles of the Civil War.

The other 5th and 6th grade class is a philosophy class called Logical Fallacies.  In this class, student arguments (including argumentative writing) will be improved as we learn how not to make arguments.  Expect fun as we practice making good arguments by learning the bad ones!

If you have any questions, I'm always available!  Feel free to let me know, and have a great term!

Tuesday, January 2, 2018

New Year, New Writing Skills!

Happy 2018 Franklin Foxes!

I hope your break was restful, fun, and restorative, and welcome back to Literacy! With a new year comes a new engage block and, for literacy students, lots of new writing skills. All literacy classes this block will be learning and refining the fine art of informational writing. While the the term "informational text" may sound boring, writing with the intent to teach or inform is empowering for many people. During these classes, students will not only be learning the writing skills of the genre, they will have the opportunity to be "experts" in the topics most important to them; I fully expect to be well versed in all things Minecraft by the time this block is done! Check out the rest of the post to get some more details about what each grade group will be focusing on this block.

1/2 Informational Writing 1
For many of the 1st and 2nd grade students, this will be the second time they have focused on the writing skills in literacy, as many took either Narrative or Opinion writing last block. Kids who had writing last block will come in with lots of great Writer's Workshop skills that will allow them to take more leadership in their learning this block. Informational writing at this grade group is focused on establishing and growing technical writing skills, such as writing to teach or inform and staying on topic. In addition to practicing these skills, students will also be growing their writing endurance and independent work skills through the use of a Writer's Workshop framework. A stretch goal that we have for this class is to start integrating real facts into our writing. This aspect is not a focus in informational writing until later grades, but the kids love informational texts so much that it would be silly to not use this material in our writing!

3/4 Information Writing 1
The 3rd and 4th grade writers will be focusing on refining and stretching the foundational informational writing skills that they learned in earlier grades. The goal of our writing will still be to inform or teach, and students will still have ample topic choice, but they will now be spending more time looking at the "little" parts of their writing. In addition to adding skills like appropriate paragraphing and using linking words to help convey meaning, we will be placing a focus on using real facts in our writing. A stretch goal that we have for this class is to start integrating researched facts into our writing. Research is not a focus in informational writing until later grades, but supporting your writing with real, credible evidence is a valuable skill that students will use throughout their lives.

5/6 Information Writing 1
Starting in 5th grade, the standards push students to research evidence to support their writing. In addition to writing pieces that follow the rules of the information writing genre, we will have to make sure that we are using evidence we found in research in our writing. While the addition of research may seem daunting, it opens up more topics for students to explore because they can now research something they don't know a lot about and write about what they learned. A stretch goal that we have for this class is to start integrating citations into our writing. This aspect is not a focus in informational writing until later grades, but it is a necessary skill for informational writers, as part of being a credible technical writer is the ability to show were you get your facts from.

Ring in the New Year by remembering to get your read on every day; reading for at least 20 minutes every day outside of school makes for stronger readers.

Love,
Literacy