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
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.”
Black Friday… Cyber Monday…Sales! Sales! Sales! Everyone is out looking for great deals on holiday presents. Don’t fall into this shopping craze. Use some imagination and creativity with Mrs. McBride’s monthly challenge, The Holiday Challenge. All entries are due Tuesday, December 17th.
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.
Last week’s card challenge encouraged us to use grit! There were many ways to solve the 10 card investigation – work backwards, start small, find a pattern, trial and error. There’s also a program created from the math equation – Order of the Cards.
Today you will need more grit to solve many puzzles. Here’s another reminder.
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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.
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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.
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.