School Scattergories

Scattergories/Scattergories Junior is a fun trivia game that you can play solo or with friends and family. This game keeps the brain active and engaged, while increasing your fluency, flexibility and originality. There are several full versions of the game that are available online or through apps.  Today we will play in school with the following rules.

Objective: As quickly as possible, fill out a category list with answers that begin with the same letter that is chosen for that round.

How to Score Points:

1 point = a word that does not start with that round’s letter
2 points = a word that start’s with that round’s letter
4 points = double letters that start with that round’s letter (ex: bubble bath)
5 points = a word that no one else has

Roll the online diceScattergories Dice

Challenge: Play online Swellgarfo Scattergories List

Smart Mouth

It’s race to make the best word in 60 seconds! Students slide the “Letter Getter” to reveal two letter tiles. The first letter must start the word and the next letter must be the last letter of the word. The player who calls out the first word that meets the criteria wins the tiles. Once all tiles are gone, the player with the most tiles wins the title of “Smart Mouth.”

You can have fun anywhere any time using this online letter generator tool – Random Letter Sequence.

Make your own rules:
1. Play different word lengths.
2. Play categories.
3. Play teams.
4. Try in a different language…yikes!
Have fun stretching your vocabulary!

You Matter!

Dr. Maya Angelou wrote about this book, “The reader is shown that it is a blessing to be a blessing.” When you want to help others, you may never know or see the people that benefit.

Let’s let others know they matter too. We will create origami hearts with the words “YOU MATTER” inside. Leave it in a place for someone to find, and they will discover that you are grateful for him/her.

Heart Origami Challenge

If you have not entered the Origami Challenge, this video might encourage you to start – Engineering with Origami.

Grit!

Do you have the grit to solve today’s problem, The 1-10 Card Investigation.

What I love about this investigation…

  1. Do you know how to put numbers in order?
  2. Do you need an answer key?
  3. Does everyone need to solve it the same way?
  4. How will you tackle the task?

Don’t give up.  GRIT is the key to your success.

Explore:

  • Use the cards 1-5 to get a grasp on the task.
  • Use all the cards A-k and try the same task.
  • Vary the task.  Place two cards at the bottom of the pile after each flip.
  • You don’t need playing cards.  Create cards with index cards.  Use numbers 1-20.



Acceptance

“Acceptance is not love. You love a person because he or she has lovable traits,
but you accept everybody just because they’re alive and human.” ~ Albert Ellis

  • Acceptance is the willingness to embrace feelings, habits, or beliefs that are different from your own.
  • Acceptance is the ability to experience or survive something unpleasant.
  • Acceptance is the willingness to tolerate a difficult or unpleasant situation.
  • We all have the human need and right to be accepted.

Book of the Month:
The Day You Begin By: Jacqueline Woodson

What is one way you can show acceptance to someone who may have differences to you?

Please Sign Up for Our Class List

Dear Families,

I have been asked to forward this information from the PTA about class lists.

Class Lists

If you are interested in being included in the class list (which is distributed to all families in our class). Please fill out the form at the link below. This information is typically used for birthday invitations, contacting friends in the class, etc. The list is created by the PTA and maintained by the Class Ambassadors throughout the school year.

Class List FORM: https://forms.gle/MCsp7ePvWzcCVkMY7

Thank you!

Rebus Puzzles

A rebus is a puzzle device which combines the use of illustrated pictures with individual letters to depict words and/or phrases.   Remember when you needed pictures to help your read a story – When Small is Tall.  Now you need pictures to give you clues to solve puzzles.  Here are two examples:

Let’s have fun practicing, drawing our own and/or generating with a computer – Rebus Generator.

If you are ready for a Rebus with a challenge, harder puzzles have a representation of words or pictures whose names resemble the intended words or syllables.  Here is an example.

The next level of rebus puzzles are sometimes called Word Winks.  These puzzles require you to look at size, location and direction. Try a few online – Rebus Brainteasers.

Enjoy solving rebus puzzles because they can develop your concentration, critical thinking skills and verbal reasoning.

Start With Hello Week!

This week we will celebrate “Start with Hello” week, which is a week to remind us how important and powerful it is to get to know one another, make new friends, say hi to new people, and make people feel good if they are feeling sad or alone. Every day you can do a special activity to remember to try and include others. Whether on the school bus, in the playground or in class, it is important to make sure others feel included and welcome.

Sometimes to do this, you need courage. Courage can mean a lot of things and people can act courageously in a lot of different situations. Listen to Bernard Waber’s book, Courage. Think about what courage means to you and how you too can act courageously in every day kind of ways.

Courage is also staring with Hello! Let’s try to be courageous by getting to know new people and by helping others who might need a friend.