Hi Springwoods Eagles! 
   I will be posting weekly lessons here.  All lessons are optional but will be excellent to help keep your brain in shape.  Sometimes lessons will be posted for K-2 and 3-5.  You may choose which lesson you'd like to work on.  Just because you are in fifth grade, doesn't mean that you can't/shouldn't work on a K-2 lesson.  Many times lessons will be for the whole school.  These lessons are for anyone at Springwoods who wants to be challenged.  Don't be afraid to go back and try some of the older lessons posted too!
                                              Love,  Mrs. Parrish


6/10/20 - Weekly Challenge #8: Remembering the Year
Last year there was a page in the yearbook for writing information about you down. For example, what is your favorite movie, song, tv show etc.  Because the number of classes increased in the school this year, there wasn't enough room in the yearbook to put the personal memory page.  Your challenge this week is to print it out and complete the page.  If you pre-ordered a yearbook, stick it in between pages or glue it to the back cover.  Your future self in 3+ years will be so happy that you did because very likely, all your favorites will change.  If you didn't pre-order a yearbook, still print it out and answer the questions.  Yearbooks will be sold when we are back to school again in the fall and you can add it to your yearbook then.

End of School Year Memory Page for Your Yearbook


6/3/20 - Weekly Challenge #7: Math Puzzlers

Emoji Puzzler (Grades 3/4/5) or Bear Sudoku Puzzler (Grades K/1/2/3)

Download the Emoji puzzlers or the Bear Sudoku puzzler.  Click on the text boxes in the file to type your answers in (Emoji) or Print out the paper to solve (Bear).  Download the answers AFTER you have completed the work.  Check to see if you solved correctly.  Don't forget to use the order of operations (Operations help is in the file as well).
Emoji Puzzler  (Start with the 2nd two puzzles)
Bear Sudoku Puzzler

Emoji Puzzler Answers
Bear Sudoku Answers


5/27/20 - Weekly Challenge #6: The Game of "Set"

Set is a game of visual perception that was taught to all 2nd graders at Springwoods this year as well as to many of the students in the START/SIGNET program.  Set is a game played with cards that each contain four attributes. The goal of the game is to find sets (hence the game's name) of three cards, such that for each of the four attributes, either all three cards have different values or all three cards have the same value.  Check out the YouTube video for a much clearer and easier explanation of how to play the game:

Rules for how to play Set:  Rules for SET
Game of Set online (a new puzzle everyday):  SET

Play the game by yourself or with a family member.  If playing with a family member, just count how many sets each person has.  With parent permission, let us know how you did on Twitter, @SPESgifted.

5/20/20 - Weekly Challenge #5: Dodgson's Doublets


Charles Dodgson, also known as Lewis Carroll, the author of Alice in Wonderland, was both a mathematician and storyteller. One day when several children complained that they were bored, he made up a new kind of puzzle called a “doublet.”  This week, your challenge is to solve some of them!

To solve a doublet puzzle you must change one word to another through a series of steps. Only one letter may be changed at a time and each change must result in a new word.

For example, to turn FOOT into SHOE, we could go FOOT > SOOT > SHOT > SHOE.

Sometimes you have to use letters that aren't even in the first or last word!
For example, to turn WET into DRY, we could go: 
        WET > BET > BAT > BAY > DAY > DRY.

 
Have fun solving the following doublets. Try to create the new words with as few steps as possible. There is usually more than one way to reach the new word.

1. Raise SIX to TEN

2. Turn EAST into WEST
3. Sail BOAT into LAKE
4. Change MEAN to KIND
5. Make ADD into SUM
6. Shape SNOW into BALL
7. Change HATE into LOVE

Send me your solutions- fosterkj@pwcs.edu! (Because of the nature of this assignment, it was not put on Twitter.)


5/13/20 - Weekly Challenge #4- WOW in the World

Select a podcast that interests you, and print out a WowSheet. Before listening, think of some pre-listening questions and record them on the WowSheet. Enjoy the podcast! Share the information you learned in a fun way.  You could create a circle map, comic strip, labeled diagram, informational brochure, LEGO model, or anything else YOU can think of).
WOW in the World
WOWsheet

With parent permission
:  We would love to see what you have created! I have put this lesson on the Springwoods Gifted Ed Twitter page(@SPESgifted). Simply take a picture of your creation and have your parents post it in the response section of this lesson.

5/6/20 - Weekly Challenge #3 - Create Your Own Cereal
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Your challenge is to draw the front panel of a box for a new breakfast cereal. You can create it on paper or on your computer using your favorite creativity program (PowerPoint, Wixie, etc.).  Your picture should include:

1. The name of the cereal

2. A picture of the cereal pieces, possibly in a bowl
3. A mascot for your cereal (like Tony the Tiger, or Lucky from Lucky Charms, etc.)
4. A slogan (like, "Frosted Lucky Charms, they're magically delicious!" or "Silly rabbit, Trix are for kids!")

Now for the best part - you will spin four wheels to get the name of your cereal. You don't get to spin again if you get something weird - you have to take what you get. I trust you!


Cereal Name Word 1

Cereal Name Word 2

Cereal Name Word 3

Cereal Name Word 4

With parent permission:  We would love to see what you have created!  I have put this lesson on the Springwoods Gifted Ed Twitter page (@SPESgifted).  Simply take a picture of your creation and have your parents post it in the response section of this lesson.

This activity was found at LavaSurfer


4/29/20 - Weekly Challenge #2 - 
Six Word Memoirs:
   
1.  Write about you! 
   2.  Think about: Something you love, a characteristic you have,
   something you think about a lot, or what you want people to
   think when they think about you.
   3. Write a sentence or just put words together (that make   
   sense).  6 word memoirs don't need to have the normal
   sentence structure.
   4. Add or subtract words to make sure you have 6...no more, 
   no less!
   5. Draw a picture to go with your memoir.
   6. With parent permission:  We would love to see what you have created! I have put this lesson on the Springwoods Gifted Ed Twitter page (@SPESgifted).  Simply take a picture of your creation and have your parents post it in the response section of this lesson.  Check out the 6 Word Memoirs your friends have created!

Examples of 6 Word Memoirs



4/29/20 -
Cardboard Challenge Rules

The link to Caine's Arcade that doesn't work above.



4/22/20 - Weekly Challenge #1 - 
Animal Mashups 
The challenge was inspired by an electronics engineer from Norway named Arne Fredriksen who started making animal hybrids for fun and shared his work on Instagram.

Here's an example of his "chorse": 

A chicken horse hybrid animal

Here's another one, his "pear":
A bear penquin hybrid

Your challenge:  Create your own new creature from a mashup of two animals. Draw and color a picture of your creation or make it on your computer using PowerPoint (or any other program). Then, give your new animal a name. 

With parent permission:  We would love to see what you have created!  I have put this lesson on the Springwoods Gifted Ed Twitter page (@SPESgifted).  Simply take a picture of your creation and have your parents post it in the response section of this lesson.  Check out the animal mash-ups your friends have created!