STEM Rec Challenges January 14 - 18, 2019

STEM Rec Challenges
January 14 - 18, 2019

Instructions for Life.  All life on earth has something in common: deoxyribonucleic acid. That's DNA. All living things use DNA to store their genetic information; like a recipe book for their bodies. This week we'll learn about DNA as a language and how our cells read it.

Math War A card game where each player gets dealt half the deck and the cards are put face down in a stack in front of the players. Both players turn their top card face up at the same time. The person with the higher card wins that draw. A little twist, our game will include lots of addition for students to practice their basic math skills.

Shading and contrast. In art this week we are going to design our own snowmen using charcoals as the medium. By exploring the degrees of color available in this weeks project, we will also learn the principle of shading and contrast

Punctuation Panther. Get ready to learn about punctuation: periods, commas, and parentheses. Punctuation is  used in writing to separate sentences and to clarify meaning. You need all this knowledge to run away from the Panthers!

Lego Mazes. Students will be building a maze with Legos and then write a code to help their LEGO man get through the maze.

Social Studies
Sneetches by Dr. Seuss. We are going to read the Sneetches by Dr. Seuss and talk about racial segregation and discrimination during the civil rights Era and what was done to overcome these problems.

Music Monday
Handbells.  Playing handbells is a great way to foster the development of strong rhythmic skills, physical coordination, and listening skills. It's also an effective way to teach the basics of music-reading (direction, reading lines and spaces) and provide young children with an active way to play and make music together.

Wellness Thursday
Yoga. Yoga cultivates competencies in mind-body awareness, self-regulation, and physical fitness which leads to improvements in students’ behavior, mental state, health, and performance. Plus, yoga is super fun!

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