March 21st is World Down Syndrome Day (WDSD.) “It is a global awareness day which has been officially observed by the United Nations since 2012. Down Syndrome International (DSI) encourages friends all over the world to raise awareness of what Down Syndrome is, what it means to have Down syndrome, and how people with Down Syndrome play a vital role in our lives and communities.”

Rock Your Socks tomorrow March 21st to show your support. Visit Mrs. McBride’s website for more information.

Integrity

Green with Integrity!

  • Integrity is the quality of being honest, having strong moral principles and total sincerity.
  • Honesty is often viewed as saying the right thing and integrity is doing the right thing.
  • Oprah Winfrey states, “Real integrity is doing the right thin knowing that nobody’s going to know whether you did it or not.”

Read and listen to our book of the month, Mr. Peabody’s Apples.

In the story, Tommy realizes the damage he has caused to Mr. Peabody. He says, “I have a lot of work to do.” Pretend you are Tommy and write an apology to Mr. Peabody which explains how Tommy plans to amend what he has done.

 

Pico, Fermi, Bagel

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

How to Play:
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 

“If you want others to be happy, practice compassion. If you want to be happy, practice compassion.” ~ Dalai Lama

This month at Cottage Lane we are focusing on compassion. At today’s assembly, we discussed the meaning of compassion and how we can show compassion in school, at home and in the world. Our Compassion Cards encourage us to perform random acts of compassion. From the Smile Train Fundraiser to Valentine’s for Veterans, our compassion can make a difference in the lives of others.

Our book of the month, Each Kindness by Jacqueline Woodson, gives a lesson about how even small acts of kindness can change the world. The main character realizes the lost opportunity for friendship and thinks about how much better it could have been if a little compassion was shown toward others.

Remember…Don’t be a wrinkle in someone else’s heart. Instead…make time this month to complete your compassion cards. Together we can fill our hallway heart!

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?

Challenges:

  • Extra Time? 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!

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.

Malala

SOCSD afforded an amazing opportunity for students in grades 5-8. Malala Yousafzai spoke to our students about the importance of education and especially for girls. She has a new book called, We are Displaced. Please read or listen (scroll to the bottom of page) to her biography – Malala Yousafzai. Watch an interview with her below.

“Malala is a symbol of hope and an inspirational role model, particularly for girls. On her 16th birthday, she gave a passionate speech to the United Nations. She was inundated with awards, culminating in the ultimate honor in 2014, the Nobel Peace Prize.”

Read more here:

What amazed you most about Malala? Post your comment to this blog.