The Nighthawk Talk
Your Quest for Excellence!
Edition #4--- Out of this World!
Q: What is an astronaut's favorite key on the keyboard?
A: The space bar!
Q: Why did Mickey Mouse go to space?
A: To find Pluto.
For Star Wars fans:
Q: What Jedi can you eat?
A: Obi Wan Cannoli!
Watch this video to see what our surprise guest has to say about space. We are 1/2 way through our summer newsletters! I hope you have been encouraged to continue your learning with all of these hands-on, engaging activities. Remember, our district content specialists in ELA, Math, Social Studies, and STEM have developed integrated activities that will boost, challenge, and enrich learning. Each week, activities focused around a different theme will be posted in this newsletter, along with IXL challenges and other learning opportunities.
If you missed anything in the past weeks, below are the links to those newsletters:
1. Edition #1--Weather related activities were the focus.
2. Edition # 2 included activities around the theme of cooking/baking. Did you cook up anything tasty?
3. Edition #3 brought you some amazing activities focused around gardening and insects.
ALERT: Remember to send pictures of you working on activities, reading, or of any finished projects to email@example.com. I will post them on the John Ross Library Facebook page as well as randomly selecting some for this newsletter.
Grades Pre-K-2:"Ready, Set, Learn! We're Off to the Moon! NAEYC"
See how children can learn about space with a variety of activities. Scroll down to the Math and Science section to see the high jump activity.
Grades Pre-K-2: To Infinity and Beyond
Pre-K-2nd: Pause & Think Online-Digital Citizenship cont. (commonsensemedia.org)
Check out the Digital Citizens who aspire to be safe, responsible, and respectful online! Discuss these questions after watching the video:
1. Which character do you relate to most when going online?
2. Why is it important to be kind online?
3. Why shouldn't you open a message from someone you don't know?
Grades 3rd-5th: Leap Years - NASA Science
Learn all about leap years and why they exist.
Grades 3rd-5th:To Infinity and Beyond
picture from Wikipedia
Grades 3rd-5th: Space Suit Challenge
NASA is always working to make space suits better and safer for astronauts! Their suits must keep them safe from debris and space dust. Your task is to design a protective layer for a space suit. The layer should protect an "astronaut" (represented by an object such as a marshmallow, inflated balloon, potato, or something similar) from "space dust and debris" (represented by rocks, gravel, sand, nails, or similar items).
Criteria: Your protective layer should not break when about 2 cups of debris is dropped on it. Your layer can be punctured, as long as the astronaut stays unharmed.
Challenge: make your protective layer out of 5 materials or less.
Grades 3rd-5th: Keeping Games Fun and Friendly-Digital Citizenship cont. (commonsensemedia).org)
Explore ways to be positive and to have fun while playing games online! After watching the short video discuss these questions at home with an adult:
1. Which social interactions do you notice in the video?
2. Who talks to whom? What do they say?
3. Overall, do you think the interactions in the video were mostly fun and positive or mostly negative? Why?
4. What norms do you think you should follow when playing online video games?
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