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Career Day

Well, I'm a little late in writing this, but our 2nd annual career day was a huge success! Thanks to all our presenters, many of whom were Franklin parents!

Students got to hear from three different people, plus the keynote speaker. All together, there were 13 different careers represented. Have your student(s) tell you all about their favorites! I just wish I had thought to get pictures from all the presentations. If you haven't already, check out the pictures our awesome music teacher took of the Summerhay's Music groups (career day media post).

Careers represented were:
Engineer
Summerhay's Music
Software development
Police officer
Youtube producer
Wedding planner
Entrepreneur (Waffle Love)
Retail Manager
Mental health therapist
Artist
Mom
Vet
Baker (Cravings Cupcakes)


Career Day Media

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STEMRec Challenges / Jan 29 - Feb 2

STEM Rec Challenges January 29 - February 2, 2018

Science Temperature and kinetic energy.  Temperature is the average kinetic energy of an object's molecules, but why do some materials feel colder than others when they are the same temperature? We'll learn about materials that are thermal insulators and thermal conductors, and how both are useful.
Literacy Escape Room: Will you escape in time? Literacy's first ever Escape Room will consist of a mix of different literacy challenges that students will have to figure out themselves. They will work together to try and escape the room, using all their best literacy skills, problem solving skills and reminders of concepts we have gone over and practiced before. They have to hurry though before the time runs out! Whichever STEM group gets out the quickest (1st-2nd) (3rd-6th) will receive a prize!
Music Luke Skywalker vs Harry Potter.  Students will learn to play Star Wars and Harry Potter themes on the Marimba. Hopefully the force wil…

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…

Our Fish Tank Runneth Over

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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 …

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 Littlest Reindeer

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The Littlest Reindeer Pictures and Videos
Special Thank you to Heather Buell, Heather Zemp, and Rachel Smith for providing these pics and videos
Video link: https://www.dropbox.com/sh/3abw8ikpae81e1o/AAALHxV16UV2CCDsc-Ayo8_3a?dl=0











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 i…

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 pre…

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 man…