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STEM Rec / June 2018

STEM Rec Challenges June 2018
Week #1 / June 4 - 8 Healthy and Happy Me - Morgan DeRoche, Team Lead

To kick off summer session, we want it to be all about the students. We will be focusing on how to be healthy and happy by learning about self-esteem, gratitude, good sportsmanship and citizenship. Students will be doing art projects, playing team building activities outside, participating a special kind of scavenger hunt, and lots more!
Week #2 / June 11 - 15 Camping….How and why people sleep outside for fun - Keaton Wight, Team Lead

What equipment do you need to go camping? Students will get to go shopping and decide which camping supplies are essential and which are luxuries. They will plan a menu, learn camping games, hear campfire stories and write their own. They will even learn to pitch a tent.

Week #3 / June 18 - 22 Be Sunbeatable - Rhylee Nordgran, Team Lead
It’s not just plants that absorb and metabolizes sunlight, humans do it too. However, the relationship between sun exposure and he…

STEM Rec Challenges / May 29 - June 1

Schools Out for Summer!! (Except for students coming in June, of course)
STEM Rec Challenges May 29 - June 1
Our hearts are full of gratitude and love for the students at Franklin Discovery Academy. It has been such an amazing journey this year. Before school started, our STEM Team authored a mission statement that governed our interaction with your children. It reads like this:
Why do we exist? To ignite a passion for learning
How do we behave? We love, support and challenge our students
What do we do? We create a rich, engaging and positive learning community
How do we succeed? We believe in our students
From the STEM Team to all of our wonderful parents, we thank you for entrusting your amazing children into our care. We wish you a delightful summer full of great memories with your family.  
Our last week in STEM Rec will be filled with fun activities…...memory books, board games, penny bridges, and sponge volleyball to name a few.  

STEM Rec Challenges / May 21 - 25

STEM Rec Challenges May 21 - 25

School is out Monday, May 28. See you on Tuesday!!
Energy Sources. This week at the science table we’ll be discussing different energy sources that humans use to power their cities. How do fossil fuels compare to nuclear power and renewable clean energy? Are some sources of energy truly superior to others? We’ll then go outside to experiment with solar energy first hand. Students will use lenses to focus the sun and try using a solar oven.
Math Sudoku. Students will play the popular Japanese puzzle game based on the logical placement of numbers. The goal of sudoku is to fill a 9×9 grid with numbers so that each row, column and 3×3 section contain all of the digits between 1 and 9. Playing sudoku can improvement concentration and overall brain power.
Literacy MadLib Mania. Do you think you know your adjectives, adverbs, verbs and nouns? Well come outside with us and put your knowledge to the test! We will be playing a fun game outside where you will h…

STEM Rec Challenges / May 14 - 18

STEM Rec Challenges May 14 - 18

Science Healthy Teeth. Scientific research has shown that healthy teeth have an important effect on our diet, health and overall sense of well-being. Healthy teeth cannot be taken for granted. Students will learn the names of each tooth, how to take care of them and how healthy diet choices keep them strong.  
Wellness Good Sportsmanship. Students will need their running shoes and kind hearts for this wellness challenge. They will be discussing good sportsmanship and what being a good friend means. They will then play a game of tag with a partner to practice their friendship skills. Technology Binary Code. How does the computer know what I want it to do? Students will be learning binary code then code and decode messages to each other.
Music Drum Circle. Grab a drum and join us outside this week!  We’ll have fun keeping time and learning rhythms.
Art Gustav Klimt. Klimt was an Austrian symbolist painter and one of the prominent members of the Vienna Secession…

STEM Rec Challenges / May 7 - 11

STEM Rec Challenges May 7 - 11
A few reminders:

Franklin Discovery Academy’s first ever Entrepreneurial Market is this Monday, May 7th from 6:00 - 7:30.  Bring the family and support our budding entrepreneurs as they sell their wares.  We have everything from bath fizzies to vinyl fox cutouts. Many students will be donating a portion of their profits to the school.

Volunteer Hours Available. Meet Ben Nilson. He was been in STEM the last few days helping out and the students have LOVED it.  We called him “Mr. Ben” but his son called him “Mr. My Dad”. If you would like to teach a lesson or provide a challenge for our students, we welcome you. If you don’t want to prepare anything but would just like to stop by and lend an extra hand, please do. Your children will be thrilled.

STEM Rec Challenges

Music Music Challenge. To help students learn the notes of the grand staff, we will be heading outside and playing a game on a large chalk staff. The students will have to place themselves on the c…

Re-Post / Entrepreneur's Market

Parents, Please note: We have extended the deadline until Monday, April 30. Currently we only have 4 students signed up. We need at least 10 students or we will cancel the event and try again next year. Cindy . Franklin Discovery Academy
Entrepreneur’s Market 2018
Dear Franklin Discovery Family, We have a new and exciting opportunity for Franklin Families. On Monday evening, May 7th, FDA will host its first annual “Entrepreneur’s Market”.  This is an opportunity for your student(s) to learn about setting goals, deepen their understanding of financial and business concepts, inspire creativity, improve communication, and foster leadership.    Students who choose to participate could work alone, with siblings, or team up with classmates to come up with a product they can sell at the fair.  The night of the fair they will sell their product to delighted Franklin Families who come out to support their entrepreneurial endeavors. Things for consideration when picking a product to sell….. Student int…

Rec Challenges / April 30 - May 4 / Greek Week

STEM Rec Challenges April 30 - May 4
Greek Week!!

Experiential Learning Activity: Phalanx Reenactment, Thursday, May 3rd
As part of Greek Week, we will be doing a unique experiential learning activity. On Thursday, 3 May, during each STEM REC period, students will be part of a reenactment of a Greek Phalanx (or ‘shield wall’).  This will happen in Gammon Park, just west of the school.
The Phalanx was a powerful force on the ancient battlefield, but also a profound influence on Greek society, culture and communities.  There were fundamental lessons learned by the ancient Greek hoplites (citizen-soldiers) as they stood together, shields interlocked, and faced their opposition head-on.  This experiential learning activity lets our students feel a little of what it would be like to stand and march in a Phalanx, and will instill some of those fundamental lessons of unity, mutual support, and courage.  
Many Franklin students have been creating shields out of cardboard and tape, painting them …

STEM Rec Challenges / April 23 - 27

STEM Rec Challenges April 23 - 27
A huge shoutout to our wonderful parent volunteer, Kate Brotherson. Kate organized and is currently running our “Garden Club” that meets on Tuesdays at 3:15. The club has gotten the ground ready and will start planting next Tuesday, April 24. Way to go, “Garden Club”!
Social Studies Supply and Demand. Everything has a cost. If there is more of something it cost less, and if there is less of something it cost more. Supply and Demand. We will be having a candy supply and demand auction to demonstrate this point.
Literacy ABC Nature Walk. If you like nature, walking, and the alphabet then this is the challenge for you! Literacy this week is leaving the desks and chairs behind and heading outside to experience nature and its incredible beauty. While going on a fun and relaxing nature walk, students will also gather words that begin with each letter of the alphabet. Is that a zebra? Or a penguin? What will you see?
Math Animal crossing. Math students will be pla…