• Try it Tuesday... June 9

    Sisters   Lion

     Do you have a favorite book? Pick your favorite book and design a cover for it. 

    Check out Draw with Drew and RosieDrew shows the best way to capture mood and use color in your drawings. Special guest, Raina Telgemeier , author of Sisters tells about how she became an author. She also tells about a famous series that she illustrated before she became an author…..do you know what it is?

    Click on the picture below to make a book cover with Draw, Rosie and Raina.

    Draw and Rosie

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  • Try it Tuesday... June 2

    Learn to draw a Master Copy with Drew and Rosie.

    Drawing a Master Copy is a great way to practice drawing. When you do this, you copy a famous painting.

    Join Time for Kids artists, Drew and Rosie, as they draw Rosie the Riveter. Just click on the picture below:

    Rosie

    After you draw a Master Copy, take some time to visit Buffalo's own Albright Knox Art Gallery  and check out a great at home art activity. Click on Ingrid Calame's drawing #313 in her series Drawings from Buffalo to find a neat drawing activity you could so at home.

    Click here:

    Ingrid Art

    Email pics of your drawing to Ms. Kelly....she would love to see them!!!

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  • Try It Tuesday... May 26 

    1. Visit the Tift Farm Osprey Cam.

    There are three osprey chicks due to hatch this week. Click on the picture to visit:

    osprey  

    2. Scholastic Super Science: Careers, Engineering and Art

    Learn about Matthew Reinhart who studied biology and anatomy and combines science, engineering and art to make great 3-D pop-up books. Make sure you watch his video ”Engineering the Perfect Pop” along with the article.

    Click on the picture below:

    3D

    Now try it! Think about what would make a fun 3-D image. Draw your picture on a sheet of paper and include a description of how you would make it pop! For an extra step, and if you have scissors and tape, you can try making a V-fold like Matthew Reinart describes. Try attaching your drawing to the V-fold to make it jump! Send a picture to Ms. Kelly and she’ll put it on the website.

    3D Pic

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  • Try It Tuesday... May 19 

    Challenges: Adapted from a site known as Friday’s Stem Challenges

     1. Paperclip Chain

    Engineering Challenge:

    Using one box of paper clips, can your group create a paper clip chain that will hold the most weight?

    Materials:

    One package of paper clips
plastic bucket or container with handle Weights (pennies are good to use as weights)

    clip           paper      tape

    1. Marble Madness

    Challenge:

    You and your team have been selected to make the longest, trickiest course in which to deliver a marble to its final destination. The
 longer and trickier the better!

    Materials:

    tape

    paper

    cardstock

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  • Try It Tuesday... for May 12 

    1. Learn about Roller Coasters

    Did you know the Leap-The-Dips in Altoona, Pennsylvania built in 1917 is the oldest roller coaster still running?

     Read about different types of Roller Coasters and their history from Kiddle. Click on the coaster below:

    coaster

    2. Rollin' Along

    The people at Destination Imagination created another STEM Challenge for you! Remember, the goal of an instant challenge is to practice your creativity. And, if you complete the challenge with a sibling, practice communication and cooperation.

    First of all, ask a parent for permission to attempt this. Secondly, if you don’t have something you can totally replace it with something you do have (if you do not have straws, use pencils). Thirdly, it is your responsibility to totally clean everything up when you are finished. Best of luck! Get the paper down below in Related Files.

    rolling

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  • Try it Tuesday... for May 5

    1. GOT EGGS?

    The people at Destination Imagination created another STEM Challenge for you! Remember, the goal of an instant challenge is to practice your creativity. And, if you complete the challenge with a sibling, practice communication and cooperation.

    First of all, ask a parent for permission to attempt this. Secondly, if you don’t have something you can totally replace it with something you do have (if you do not have straws, use pencils). Thirdly, it is your responsibility to totally clean everything up when you are finished. Best of luck!

    Got Eggs

    2. Try one of the Design Challenges  below: 

    Can you send a message to someone across the room without writing or speaking?  

    How could you communicate the number 3 to someone, but you can’t write it down or talk to them? What if the person wasn’t in the same room as you?  See how many different ways you can come up with to get your message to the other person.  Which worked the best?  How long of a message can you send?

    How can you use the sun’s energy to cook a s’more?

    Can you find a way to harness the sun’s energy enough to melt the chocolate and marshmallow?  Think about what you know about heat and light energy to create a solar oven.  Write down your plan. Show it to a oarent and with their permission try out your idea!

    Can you make a plant grow a certain way?

    Use what you know about plants and how they grow to see if you can get one to grow in a certain direction.  Can you make it turn?  Can you get it to grow and bend? What fun shapes can you create? Take pictures of your progress.

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  • Try It Tuesday... from April 27

    Check out our own great Art Alive entrants! Tomorrow is the deadline. Click on Keith Harings piece below to visit the Albright Knox website and learn about Art Alive.

    Art 1  Art Alive 1

     

     Here is a Photography Superhero!

     George Eastman was a famous New Yorker. He owned the Eastman Kodak Camera Company over 100 years ago. He made easy-to-use photo camera that helped camera and photography become more widely used.

    Click on the picture to learn a little more about George Eastman:

    Eastman

    And click on the picture to learn more about the Eastman Kodak Company located right near us in Rochester:

    kodak

    Here are some coloring pages related to George Eastman. If you are even more ambitious, you could make a flip book or a thaumatrope. (Don’t know what that is? Visit Eastman Museum at Home by clicking on the picture below to find out)

    at home

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  • Try It Tuesday...

    Historic People, New York State, Design, Forces

    You have all heard of Wilbur and Orville Wright (I hope). Well, read about one of their contemporaries. A contemporary is a person who lived at the same time. 

    Interested in motorcycles, seaplanes or airplanes? Check out New York Inventor Glenn Curtiss. If you’d like, maybe your family can visit Glenn Curtiss Museum in Hammondsport over the summer. Click on the picture to learn:

    Curtiss

    Next, check out Blanche Stuart Scott. A New Yorker, Blanche Stuart Scott, worked with Glenn Curtiss at the Curtiss Exhibition Company. She was the first female to drive across the United States and the first woman to fly in America! Blanche Stuart Scott is a member of the National Women’s Hall of Fame. (Also, in New York State!) Click on the picture to learn:

    Scott

    Now, make a paper airplane. Not just any paper airplane, a really cool airplane. You will need a sheet of plain copy paper (that works the best) and a measuring tape or a ruler /yardstick. There are a number of videos here. How can you make your airplane go the furthest?

    Check out the videos from Nerding. com for some help. There’s an Introduction video (Step One). A K-2 video, a 3-6 video and (if you have time) a 22- minute video about fight and forces (Step 3). Step Four is a share session. Write about it in your journal. There is even an extension video (Step 5) that deal with making tricky planes.

    Click on the picture to learn:

    Nerds

    Good luck!!!

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  • Try It Tuesday... April 13th

    1. Brainpop: Historical Figures

    Yesterday was the birthday of Thomas Jefferson our 3rd President. You all (hopefully) know how Jefferson wrote the Declaration of Independence, now is your chance to learn more about him. Watch the brainpop twice, then try the quiz. Try to score at least an 8.

    (Remember: Login: southdavis, password:lab)

    Jefferson

    When you are done, click on Related Reading. Choose Trivia to find out interesting facts about Thomas Jefferson. Read Arts and Entertainment to read about Jeffersons fondness for architecture and choose etc to find out some ways that Jefferson is memorialized.

    Extra

    If you want to put all the things you learned about Jefferson in an organizer, choose Make a Map and create your own.

    2. Try it Instant Challenge

    The people at Destination Imagination created a STEM Challenge for you! Remember, the goal of an instant challenge is to practice your creativity. And, if you complete the challenge with a sibling, practice communication and cooperation.

    First of all, if you don’t have something you can totally replace it with something you do have (if you do not have straws, use pencils). Secondly, it is your responsibility to totally clean everything up when you are finished. Thirdly, if you do the challenge, send a picture to Ms. Kelly and she’ll try to post them on our website. Good luck!

    marbles

    CHALLENGE

    Create a device that can transport marbles (coins) from one bowl to another. The bowls should be placed 10 feet (3 meters) away from each other. You may not touch the marbles (coins) when transporting them from one bowl to the other. Neither of the bowls may be moved or touched while solving the challenge.

    MATERIALS

    -2 pipe cleaners
 or straws, -1 sheet of paper


    -4 mailing labels or 8 inches (20 cm) of tape, -20 marbles (or 30 coins), -2 paper clips

    TIME :8 minutes

    SCORING

    • 5 points for each marble (coin) you successfully transport from one bowl to the other 

    1. 10 points if you use only 2 materials 

    2. Up to 20 points for the creativity of your device 


    REFLECT ON WHAT YOU DID

    Which materials were the easiest to use? Which were the most difficult? Which materials would you like to have had more of?

    EXTEND YOUR IDEAS

    Using the same materials, how can you create a different device to transport the marbles? Using the same materials, how can you create a different device to transport 30 coins?

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  • Try it Tuesday... April 6th

    1. MindUp

    By Mrs. Pietrantone and Dr. Roberts

    Lesson 15- Taking Mindful Action in the World

    Apply mindful behaviours to our interactions with our community and the world: Expressing Gratitude, Performing Acts of Kindness, Taking Mindful Action in the World

     Why Practice Taking Mindful Action?

    Through taking mindful action in the world, “children are able to see themselves as part of a larger community – they glimpse the big picture of the world around them, and link their own peace of mind to a more generalized sense of peace. Their role as active participants in building that community fosters a sense of comfort, belonging, and optimism and increases their desire to make thoughtful, ethical decisions both independently and with others."   

                                      -The MindUp Curriculum


    Activity:  

    Click on the the video and get inspired!

     Neighborhood rainbow hunts spread hope amid COVID-19 crisis l GMA

    Rainbow

    Putting it into Practice:

             Give it a try...with paper, paint, or chalk. Make it big, medium, or small! Hang your picture in the front window of your house or a place that others will see it as they walk by. We bet it’ll make them smile! If you go for walks in your neighborhood, see if you notice any rainbows, think about how it makes you feel. If you can, take a picture and share by email with Ms. Kelly.

    2. Science  Weather/Energy

    Rainbows

    Did you ever wonder what is at the end of a rainbow? Watch this Brainpop to find out when and why rainbows appear.

    Click on the picture to view the Brainpop. Watch it twice and then try the quiz. (Remember:login:southdavis, password:lab)

    Tim  

    After that, ckick on “Related Reading”and read Myths to find out about leprechauns. Then, in “Related Reading” read about color theory in Arts and Entertainment. If you like to draw-color theory is important to know!

    Extra for Artisits:

    If you want, check out the Brainpop on “Color Theory”. Then check out all the “Related Reading” in this section. You’ll find out interesting things about color in the movies, in food and even in music!

    Click on the picture below:

     

    color

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  • Try it Tuesday... March 30th

    1. MindUp: Kindness

     Performing Acts of Kindness

     Continuing with Taking Action Mindfully, Lesson 13-15

    Apply mindful behaviors to our interactions with our community and the world: Expressing Gratitude, Performing Acts of Kindness, Taking Mindful Action in the World

     Why Practice Kindness & Compassion?

    “Practicing compassion and empathy builds the social and emotional competence that children need in order to be resilient and confident.”   

    The MindUp Curriculum

    Activity: View the videos below. Then reflect on some ways you could practice kindness this week!

    Changing   life vest

    Putting it into Practice: Secret Agent Steps to Kindness

    kindness

    1. Brainstorm anonymous acts of kindness, or jobs, and select Secret Agent names for yourself. Some ideas might include: leaving a kind note for a parent/sibling help with a chore around the house without being asked, play with your younger brother or sister.
    2. Once you select their jobs and verbally commit to honor those jobs,  perform their acts of kindness every day for a week.

    3.  At the end of the week, have write reflections in your journal on how their jobs have affected them and those around them.

    2. Forces

    How does motion energy move and change?
    How does speed affect motion energy?

    What causes moving objects to slow down? Think about what happens when things CRASH. Try it with two objects (balls, toy cars, etc) and, in your journal, make a model to show what happens. Change the speed of travel and notice the difference. Write about what you notice and what you wonder.

    Watch Brainpop: Forces (remember: login with Clever or use: southdavis and lab

    Forces

    1. Watch the brainpop twice, then take the quiz and see how you do.
    2. Click on “Related Files” and learn about a number of different forces in Real Life and learn about the force of gravity in The Final Frontier.
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  • Try it Tuesday... March 23rd

    1. Remember our Gratitude Journals?...Watch the video by clicking the picture below and make your own journal to keep daily.

     Some daily topics could be....friends, music, favorite book, hobby etc. Write about what you are grateful for this week...

    Gratitude

    2. Be a Historian!

    Primary Document

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