Pico, Fermi, Bagel

Today we will look at the logic that underlies the game “Pico, Fermi, Bagel”.

How to Play:
The the game begins with one person secretly choosing a number with no repeated digits. We will start with a three digit number. Then others attempt to guess the number, and the one who chose the number responds to each guess as follows:

  • If the guess has no numbers correct, they respond: “Bagel.”
  • For each digit when the guess is correct but in the wrong place, respond: “Pico.”
  • For each digit when the guess is correct and in the correct place, respond: “Fermi.”
  • When all three digits are correct and in the correct place, respond: “CREAM CHEESE.”

We will play a few rounds of the game together, and then try to solve a couple problems related to the game.

Play this game at home with family or play online here – Pic, Fermi, Bagel or on Scratch – Pico, Fermi, Bagel 

Snowball Catapult

A catapult is a ballistic device used to launch a projectile a great distance without the aid of explosive devices. Using the materials provided, design and build your own catapult.  Here is a “How to” video.

Now experiment! Who can launch the cotton ball to a specific target?


  • Play Civiballs.  Cut the chains to launch a series of events. The journey of the civiballs is filled with catapults, ramps, moving platforms and more!
  • Use your catapult to lob various objects. Measure the distance for each object. Let’s apply Newton’s 2nd Law to our own results. Watch here.
  • Use S.C.A.M.P.E.R. to design a new catapult.  Use materials from home to create a catapult.  We will have a catapult contest on Friday, February 15th!


It’s “Snow” Cold Outside

There’s been some record temperatures this past week and into 2018.  We can warm up with these challenges.

  1.  Get your creative juices flowing Mrs. McBride’s challenge of the month – Snowflake Challenge.
  2. Snowflakes also have their own unique characteristics. Thanks to the “Snowflake Man” we know that every snowflake is unique. Wilson Bentley was the first person ever to photograph microscopic images of snowflakes.Watch the documentary and the news report about his life. Watch this video of the images he photographed under his microscope.
  3. Today we will play a physics game called Snowball Siege.  Let’s see what level you make it to!

Power of Persuasion

Over the last few weeks, students worked hard on the Power of Persuasion!  Students clearly stated their opinions around a specific topic and then repeatedly reinforced opinions with external facts or evidence.  A strong concluding statement should leave the reader with little doubt about what to do.  Enjoy these writing pieces and maybe we persuaded you!

Looking for a Snow day!

It’s January, and we haven’t had much snow.  Let’s have a snow day in school!  Have you ever heard of insta-snow? It might not work for a snowball fight, but this instant snowball is very cool… almost freezing.  Wouldn’t it been fun to Make Instant Snow today?  Let’s find out how How Instant Snow Polymer Works.

Take this quiz to see how well you listened – Quia’s Snowflake Bentley
Here are the images he photographed under his microscope – Snowflakes.

Diamante Poems

Let’s enjoy some creative writing.  A diamante poems is an unrhymed seven-line poem. The beginning and ending lines are the shortest, while the lines in the middle are longer, giving diamante poems a diamond shape. “Diamante” is the Italian word for diamond, so this poetic form is named for this diamond shape.

A diamante poem is made up of 7 lines using a set structure:

Line 1: Beginning subject
Line 2: Two describing words about line 1
Line 3: Three doing words about line 1
Line 4: A short phrase about line 1, a short phrase about line 7
Line 5: Three doing words about line 7
Line 6: Two describing words about line 7
Line 7: End subject

An example of a diamante poem

Shiny, quiet,
Pedaling, spinning, weaving
Whizzing round corners, zooming along roads
Racing, roaring, speeding
Fast, loud,

Read Write Think is a great resource to help you develop your diamante poem.

Challenge – Go to Mrs. McBride’s website to find out more about the Snowflake Challenge.

Magic Squares

loshu1A magic square is a group of numbers arranged in a certain way so that the numbers have an interesting property. In a magic square the sum of any row, column, or diagonal is the same.

Historians believe the first magic square called lo-shu dates from Ancient China before 2000 B.C. There is a legend about its discovery that says an emperor saw the special number sequence on the shell of a tortoise near the bank of the Yellow River.

Magic Square Puzzles

December is Empathy

Empathy is the feeling that you understand and share another person’s experiences and emotions.

  • Empathy is the ability to understand and share the feelings of another.
  • Empathy is about standing in someone else’s shoes, feeling with his or her heart, seeing with his or her eyes.
  • Empathy makes the world a better place.

Practice empathy by being observant of others, using active listening and donating a pair of new or gently used shoes for Soles to Souls.

Our book of the month is The Yellow Star by Carmen Deedy. After reading and listening to the Legend of King Christian X of Denmark, explain why the author titled the book The Yellow Star. What does the yellow star symbolize?