The Nighthawk Talk

Your Quest for Excellence!

Welcome to the first edition of the Nighthawk Talk!

Before you continue, please watch this introductory video. Students will be encouraged to continue learning over the summer break with hands-on, engaging activities. 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. Let's get started! This week we will be learning about wonderful and wacky weather!

Grades Pre-K -2: Marvelous Meteorlogist

You are a meteorologist this week. Draw, write or record the weather each day; then share it with your family. You can learn more about the weather by reading and talking about weather stories.


Marvelous Meteorologist

Grades Pre-K-2: Weather Graphing

This is a simple introduction to collecting and analyzing data in grades K-2.


Weather Graphing

Grades Pre-K-2: Weather Surprise

Imagine you work for a science museum You've been asked to create a poster about weather. Review "Weather Surprise" with Sid the Science Kid. Draw an image of either a warm region or cold region. What could only live in a cold climate? What could only live in a warm climate?


https://pbskids.org/sid/games/weather-surprise

Grades Pre-k-2: Wind Direction

How can you test the direction the wind is blowing? Make a device that shows which way the wind blows. It can be made from any materials you like, but it should blow easily in the wind.


https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SqbTrbxWT1o

Pre-K-2: Yoga

Practice Yoga! Incorporate a few minutes of yoga into your morning routine to prepare for the day or at night to help you relax. Choose the poses you like best. These videos can help get you started.


https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=X655B4ISakg

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vMMRb10LtGM

Pre-K-2nd:Balance is Important Digital Citizenship (commonsensemedia.org)

Balance is important! Watch the video and discuss a balance between technology and other activities.
Now talk about this together:
1. What was your favorite part of the song and why?
2. How can we work together to have media balance as a family?
3. What would that look like? You can even draw a picture that shows your whole family
practicing media balance!


Balance is Important

Grades 3rd-5th:Cloudy with a Chance of....

It's raining food where you live! After reading or watching a video of the book, write or record your own version of Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs. Share your story with your family.


https://youtu.be/2mGkYkgTdVw

Grades 3rd-5th: Make an Anemometer

The site gives instructions for how to make an anemometer and measure the speed of the wind. Speeds could be kept in a log and various analytical questions could be answered about the data.


Make an Anemometer

Grades 3rd-5th: Weather Wiz

Imagine you work for a science museum You've been asked to create a poster about weather. Review one of the games from the National Weather Service. Draw an image of either a warm region or cold region. Add plants and animals that could live in your region. Write a caption for each image explaining how the plants and animals' adapted to the environment.


Learning Games for Kids

Grades 3rd-5th: Strong Homes

Using recycled materials from your home, design a house that can withstand the weather elements: wind (use a fan), rain (spray bottle or cup of water), and snow (let ice melt on the top of your home). You can use a casserole dish or cake pan to place your house in to see if it could withstand a flash flood.

Grades 3rd-5th: Yoga

Practice Yoga! Incorporate a few minutes of yoga into your morning routine to prepare for the day or at night to help you relax. Choose the poses you like best. These videos can help get you started.


Yoga 1


Yoga 2

Grades 3rd-5th: Rings of Responsibility Digital Citizenship (commonsensemedia.org)

Being Responsible on the internet is important!
Discuss these questions after watching the video:
1.How could throwing a bottle out of your window be similar to something you do online?
2. What are the Rings of Responsibility?
3. Have you ever heard the term "digital citizen"? What comes to mind when you hear that term?


Rings of Responsibility

IXL Super Summer Challenge

Practice IXL twice a day for 3 days straight. How many questions can you answer each day? 30? 60? 120?