Math Activity – Grades 3-6
Oreos are sold in over 100 countries and hold the title as the world’s best-selling cookie. There are many fun facts about Oreos! It takes 59 minutes to make an Oreo. Each Oreo wafer is baked for exactly 290.6 seconds at a temperature of 400°F from above and 300°F from below. Every Oreo cookie contains 90 ridges, 12 flowers, 12 dashes, and 12 dots.
Here is your challenge:
Next, answer your questions by gathering data and complete your estimations and calculations. Show your work on a sheet of paper.
Conclusion – Be creative when stating your final answer to the question. You can make a poster, diagram, slide show, model…. anything you want! Be sure to explain:
Literacy- Grades 3-6
Use one of the following topics to write a persuasive essay. A persuasive essay is one in which you attempt to get the reader to agree with your point of view. You are trying to present arguments, research, and ideas in order to sway the reader one way or the other.
Write a persuasive essay for or against school uniforms.
Write a letter to a teacher persuading them not to assign homework.
Write a letter to your principal explaining why you feel recess should be longer.
What is the best season? Write a persuasive essay defending your opinion.
Your neighbor is in a band. Every night, they play music very loudly while you are trying to sleep. Write a letter persuading him to stop. Your class is entering a contest to go on a field trip to the zoo for free. Write a letter persuading the judges to choose your class.
More Reading and Writing Challenges
Use one of the sites below to find a topic that interests you. Do some research and then use the printing press interactive below to create a newspaper, flyer or brochure to share what you learned.
Science Activity- Grades 3-6
Building a Stick Maze
Paper and pen or pencil (for the maze planning)
Lots and lots of long sticks and branches
1. Using your pen and paper draw a maze. Basic is better but have at least two dead ends.
2. With adult permission, collect a heap of sticks and branches from around your home. You could even use grass clippings or leaves!
3. Using the materials you collected create a large maze using the maze sketch you made. Make it large enough so that you can walk through it
4. Once it is complete, practice walking the maze to make sure it works.
5. Have someone from your home try it. As an extra challenge you could have them wear a blindfold!
Math Challenges - Middle School
Look at the directions for the 4-6 grade Math Challenge. Try to answer the questions below.
1. How many dump trucks would it take to cart away Mount Everest?
2. How large a landfill would our county need to store 100 years of garbage?
3. How many square miles of paved surfaces are there in our city?
Short Story Writing Prompts
Directions: Sometimes it is fun to do some creative writing. Pick a writing prompt from the list below and write a paragraph which finishes the story. Share your ideas with me if you would like to or even turn it into a short story.
-Doug stuck his hand in the box and immediately pulled it out. "Ow," he said. He licked the side of his index finger.
-Many things get the hair on the back of my neck up, but nothing more so than...
-45 minutes ago my cover was blown. I'd been undercover...
-He was lying face down on the raft. At first we thought he was sleeping, using the inflated side of the raft as a pillow and one hand hanging over, grazing the water's edge. But then..
-When you are as rich as I am, it is easy to live an adventurous life. Just yesterday I took off in the company jet and...
"Stop yanking on my arm!" screeched Alice. She pulled her tender arm across her chest and...
"Dusk was long gone and the café was quiet except for a middle-aged man sitting near the door who..."
Maxie's fingers pulled at the wire sewn into the jacket. Now that she had the information it had to be removed before...
Egg Drop Challenge: MAKE SURE YOU HAVE PARENT PERMISSION BEFORE EMBARKING ON THIS CHALLENGE!
This is a creative challenge for future engineers: design an egg contraption that would prevent an egg from breaking when dropped from the the highest point you are able to reach safely in your home.
Constraints: You may only use the materials that you can find easily around your home. Examples: paper, popsicle sticks, bubble wrap, tissue paper, etc. NO BATTERY POWERED ITEMS AND NO BOXES. Your contraption should fit inside of a shoe box, so it should not be overly large.
1. Students will be able to design and build a protective device to keep their egg intact when dropped from a height.
2. Students will be able to explain design considerations based on material characteristics, and concepts of energy, velocity, and the physics of colliding objects.
3. Students will be able to utilize the design process to meet an engineering challenge and build upon their past challenge experiences.
Summary: Failure is just as important as the successes. It allows us to reevaluate, assess what works and doesn’t and teaches us to be resilient.
https://www.nga.gov - National Gallery of Arts
Roller Coaster Mania! Download the PDF version of this activity plan.. Introduction. This activity combines science, fun and a little challenge! Your group will design and build "roller coasters" for marbles out of foam pipe insulation.
The Science of Candy. Download the PDF version of this activity plan.. Introduction. Candy is for more than snacking! Explore ways to use candy to learn more about science and the world around you.
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