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STEM Rec Challenges / April 9 - 13

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STEM Rec Challenges April 9 - 13
Science Resources. In preparation for Earth day April 22, our next unit will be focused on conservation of our most critical resources on planet Earth. This week we'll discuss what a resource is, why it is essential to guard these resources, and ways to conserve.
Literacy Drum roll please…..Presenting Franklin Discovery's first ever Spelling Bee! Welcome to a two week long spelling party.  Over the next few weeks, literacy will be offering spelling games and practice for students who want to improve their spelling skills. Different challenges will be offered every day to assist students in the practice of their words.
Students who wish to participate will sign up April 9th. The actual spelling bee will be held on Friday, April 20th during STEM. All students who take part will get a participation award, but the last one standing will receive a grand prize!
Art Collage Art. Students will be learning about some really fascinating collage artists who a…

News from the Garden

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News from the Garden


Everything that slows us down and forces patience, everything that sets us back into the slow circles
of nature, is a help.  Gardening is an instrument of grace. May Sarton
Spring has sprung and it is time for us here at Franklin Discovery Academy to get serious about
planting our very first garden.  We are super excited for this new adventure and looking forward to
benefits the following studies mention.

A school garden supports student inquiry, connection to the natural world, and engages students in the process of formulating meaningful questions.

Students involved with school gardens generally take pleasure in learning and show positive attitudes towards education.  

Children who are familiar with growing their own food tend to eat more fruits and vegetables (Bell & Dyment, 2008), and are more inclined to continue healthy eating habits through adulthood.  

The school garden serves as a “safe place” for students. Studies show that large numbers of students report …

STEM Rec Challenges / March 26 - 30

STEM Rec Challenges March 26 - 30, 2018
Science Enzymes and catalysts. Some reactions occur spontaneously while others need activation energy to get going. This week we'll talk about how catalysts and enzymes change how much activation energy is required and how they make chemical reactions possible. Students will compare a reaction - hydrogen peroxide decomposition - with and without an enzyme present.
Literacy Literacy has several great activities sponsored by the FSO. STEM Rec would like to thank the FSO for all the time and effort they put forth promoting literacy in our school this month.  We are so grateful.
“Once upon a Time…” The FSO has prepared bags with various object that will have to be incorporated into a collective story made up by students attending the literacy challenge this week.  The stories will all begin with, “Once upon a time…” We cannot wait to see what stories our students come up with!
Read Out Loud. On Wednesday,parent volunteers will come into Stem Rec a…

STEM Rec Challenges / March 12 -15

STEM Rec Challenges March 12-15, 2018
Reminder: Friday, March 16 is a Professional Development Day for all teachers at Franklin Discovery Academy.  No School for students this day.
Science Chemical reactions. For the remainder of the month students will be studying chemistry at the science table. This week we will talk about reactants, products, activation energy and chemical equations. We will be using combustion as an example of a chemical reaction. Students will learn about the chemical reaction of a candle burning.
Literacy Rap it Up. In literacy this week, students will be learning about rhythm by making up a rap or song about a favorite activity we like to do.  Students will recite it to a rhythm while everyone else tries to guess what that favorite activity is!
Social Studies Step into the Renaissance. This week students will learn about the Renaissance and be introduced to Michelangelo.  They will learn how he painted the Sistine Chapel and then create their own ceiling art.
Tech…

STEM Rec Challenges / March 5 - 9, 2018

STEM Rec Challenges March 5-9, 2018
Science The World Around Us. For our final microscope week students will be making their own slides by scavenging for specimens from our STEMrec area and garden. What do everyday objects look like when magnified 400 times?
Literacy Pictionary. Get your drawing skills ready! In literacy our focus will be on people, places and things. Or in other words, we're talking about nouns and we will be playing a fun version of Pictionary to practice our knowledge of this important concept.
Social Studies Welcome to the OSS.  Since the bombing of Pearl Harbor, we need more secret agents.  We'll be working with MI5 to train you.  Maybe you can help us stop the war.
Technology & Math Coding.  Math and technology are teaming up to teach our students coding. The younger grades will be learning “LightBot”,  a puzzle game based on coding. This game secretly teaches students programming logic as they play. The older grades will be using Raspberry Pi computers an…