Monday, March 3, 2014

Snow Days Are Good For Something!

Well, I'm currently enjoying Snow Day #11...it's crazy how much winter weather we've had this season!  But, I have been able to get some things done at home on all these snow days.  I've deep cleaned my house a couple times, made a baby quilt for a friend, scraped off a border in my guest room, and worked on some ideas for next year (crazy to think about next year in MARCH!).

One thing I've worked on, and I may go ahead and roll out after Spring Break (in two weeks!), is the V.I.P. Club.  I saw this on a teacher's website when I was stalking schools that I'd never heard of, but saw on the school closing scroll on TV.  I thought it was a great idea!  I'm not sure how it will work with this particular group of kids I have this year, but I know next year's group will love it.  I think I'll try it out in 4th quarter, anyway. Here's a copy of what I've posted on my classroom website: (I can't get the numbers to line up correctly in their columns.  It's bugging me, but I'll survive.)

V.I.P. Club

Very Intelligent Pupils!

The V.I.P. Club is for students who want to extend their learning to become the best students they can be!  You can become members of the V.I.P. Club by choosing activities from the list, completing them, and turning them in to the V.I.P. Binder.  Once your work has been checked, Ms. S. will add you to the V.I.P. Club!

You can reach different levels of the V.I.P. Club by completing more and more activities!  You can reach levels all the way from 1 star to 210 stars!  The amount of learning you can do is practically endless! Students will enter the Hall of Fame once they reach the 25 star level.  Hall of Famers will have their picture posted in the Hall of Fame for years to come!

When you turn in an activity, you must list the number of the activity, the name of the activity, and your complete answer!  



Language Arts Activities:
1. List 25 verbs
2. List 25 common nouns
3. List 25 adjectives
4. List 25 adverbs
5. List 25 prepositions
6. List 25 proper nouns
7. Name 15 famous authors. Write the title of one of their books by their name.
8. Find 10 fantasy books and list the titles and authors.
9. Find 10 mystery books and list the titles and authors.
10. Find 10 historical fiction books and list the titles and authors.
11. Find 10 nonfiction books and list the titles and authors.
12. Find 10 graphic novels and list the titles and authors.
13. Find 10 science fiction books and list the titles and authors.
14. Find 10 poetry books and list the titles and authors.
15. Find 10 realistic fiction books and list the titles and authors.
16. Find 10 biographies and list the titles and authors.
17. Find 10 autobiographies and list the titles and authors.
18. Find 10 folk tales, fables, fairy tales, or myths and list the titles and authors.
19. Find 10 sports books and list the titles and authors.
20. List 3 examples of each type of figurative language: simile, metaphor, idiom, onomatopoeia, hyperbole, alliteration, personifciation
21. Write a letter to your favorite author and tell him/her why you like his/her books so much.
22. Write a haiku.
23. Write a concrete poem.
24. Write a sensory poem.
25. List 10 books and their authors that have won the Newbery Medal.
26. List 10 books and their authors that have won the Caldecott Medal.
27. Use sign language to sign the alphabet.
28. Write a sentence using Morse Code.
29. Write a 5 sentence summary (introduction, beginning, middle, end, and your opinion) of a book you have read.
30. Go to dictionary.com 5 days and write down the Word of the Day and its definition.
31. Write a speech persuading the school to have more choices at lunch.
32. Research and write a 5 paragraph essay about your favorite __________. (your choice)
33. Write a narrative story.
34. Write an autobiography about your life so far.
35. Find a synonym for each of the following words: torch, jacket, house, cat, cream, tulip, road, picture, blanket, ocean
36. Find an antonym for each of the following words: polite, angry, hungry, disease, filthy, thick, triumph, reverse, textured, active
37. Describe your dream home. Write at least 10 sentences.
38. Describe your dream field trip.  Write at least 10 sentences.
39. Describe your plans for your future.  Write at least 10 sentences.
40. Write a comic book that has at least 10 cells. 

Math Activities:

41. Draw the lines of symmetry for capital letters.
42. Draw the lines of symmetry for the following shapes: triangle, square, rectangle, trapezoid, hexagon, octagon
43. Name 5 famous mathematicians and list what they discovered.
44. Write the 2's times tables 0-12. (0x2=0, 1x2=2, 2x2=4, then repeat this way: 2x0=0, 2x1=2. 2x2=4...)
45. Write the 3's times tables 0-12.
46. Write the 4's times tables 0-12.
47. Write the 5's times tables 0-12.
48. Write the 6's times tables 0-12.
49. Write the 7's times tables 0-12.
50. Write the 8's times tables 0-12.
51. Write the 9's times tables 0-12.
52. Write the 10's times tables 0-12.
53. Write the 11's times tables 0-12.
54. Write the 12's times tables 0-12.
55. Write the steps for finding the perimeter of a rectangle or square.
56. Write the steps for finding the area of a rectangle or square.
57. Write down the names of place values from ones to hundred millions.
58. Write down the names of place values from tenths to hundred thousandths.
59. Simplify these fractions: 10/15, 14/35, 12/48, 3/24, 100/150, 56/63, 32/36, 2/18, 132/144, 10/75
60. What does each letter of BPEMDAS stand for?



61. Write a word problem that has the answer of 47.
62. Write a word problem that has the answer of 2/3.
63. How many feet are in a mile? How many feet in a yard? How many yards in a mile? How many inches in a foot?  How many inches in a mile?
64. How many quarts in a gallon?  How many pints in a quart?  How many cups in a pint?
65. How many days in a year?  How many weeks in a year?  How many days in a week?  How many minutes in an hour?  How many hours in a day?  How many hours in a week?  How many hours in a year?
66. Convert the following:  1300cm= _____m, 750m=_____cm, 124km=_____m, 13L=_____mL, 6km=_____cm, 192804mm=_____km, 45g=_____kg, 12000mL=_____L, 78kg=_____g, .0194mm=_____m
67. Draw and label these 3D shapes: cone, cube, sphere, rectangular prism, pyramid, cylinder
68. Ask your classmates what their favorite ice cream flavor is and make a bar graph.
69.  Record the daytime high temperature for 10 days and make a line graph.
70. Draw pictures to show the following fractions: 1/4, 5/6, 7/10, 11/19, 5/31
71. Write numbers 0-300.
72. Write numbers 301-650.
73. Write numbers 651-1000.
74. Write the number word for the numbers 0-50.
75. Write the number word for the numbers 51-100.
76. Write the steps for finding the mean.  Find the mean for these numbers: 6, 8, 6, 9, 11, 14, 3, 6, 7, 9, 15, 3, 6
77. Write the steps for finding the median.  Find the median for these numbers: 6, 8, 6, 9, 11, 14, 3, 6, 7, 9, 15, 3, 6
78. Write the steps for finding the mode.  Find the mode for these numbers: 6, 8, 6, 9, 11, 14, 3, 6, 7, 9, 15, 3, 6
79.  Write the steps for finding the range.  Find the range for these numbers: 6, 8, 6, 9, 11, 14, 3, 6, 7, 9, 15, 3, 6
80. Find the perimeter and area of our classroom.

Science Activities:

81. Define what a vertebrate is and list 10 examples.
82. Define what an invertebrate is and list 10 examples.
83. What are 5 characteristics of a mammal? List 10 mammals.
84. What are 6 characteristics of a reptile? List 10 reptiles.
85. What are 5 characteristics of a bird? List 10 birds.
86. What are 7 characteristics of an amphibian? List 10 amphibians.
87. What are 4 characteristics of a fish?  List 10 fish.
88. What is a desert biome like?  List 10 animals that live there.
89. What is a tundra biome like? List 10 animals that live there.
90. What is a grassland biome like? List 10 animals that live there.
91. What is a tropical rain forest biome like? List 10 animals that live there.
92. What is a deciduous forest biome like? List 10 animals that live there.
93. What is a coniferous forest biome like? List 10 animals that live there.
94. Draw a picture of a pond habitat.  Include 5 living and 5 nonliving things in or around the pond.
95. Draw and label a picture of the water cycle?
96. Draw a picture of a food chain that includes 6 things and starts with the sun and ends with a bear.
97. Draw and label a frog's life cycle.
98. Draw and label a chicken's life cycle.
99. Draw and label a butterfly's life cycle.
100. List 6 sources of fresh water.
101. Make a t-chart that tells whether the following items are natural or manmade: glass, dirt, aluminum soda can, wood, plastic, diamonds, metal, rubber, grass, cement
102. Draw and label a series electric circuit.  This video can help: Series and Parallel Circuits
103. Draw and label a parallel electric circuit. This video can help: Series and Parallel Circuits
104. List 10 rocks and minerals.
105. List the three types of rocks and how you can tell which one is which.
106. List 10 flowers.
107. Write the steps to separate a solution.
108. What is a mixture?  What is a solution?  Give two examples of each.
109. List 10 constellations and draw a picture of each one.
110. Write the names of the planets in order from the sun.
111. How long does each planet take to orbit the sun?
112. List three natural ways you can tell time if you are outside and you do not have a watch?
113. Describe how day and night are made.
114. List the 8 phases of the moon, in order, and draw a picture of each one.
115. Draw a picture of a lake and label 6 ways humans can benefit from it. (Remember to include hydroelectricity!)
116. Draw and label the colors of the rainbow.
117. List 8 organs found in your body.
118. Write down 5 ways you can conserve electricity.
119. Describe the differences between a tornado watch and a tornado warning.
120. Write down 10 major bones of the human skeleton.
121. Find and list 3 examples of levers.
122. Find and list 3 examples of pulleys.
123. Find and list 3 examples of wheels and axles.
124. Find and list 3 examples of inclined planes.
125. Find and list 3 examples of screws.
126. Find and list 3 examples of wedges.
127. What does nocturnal mean? What are 5 nocturnal animals?
128. List 10 items that will stick to a magnet.
129. List the steps of the Scientific Method.
130. Who won the Google Science Fair, and what was his/her project about?

Social Studies Activities:

131. Name the 7 continents.
132. Write the names of the 50 states.
133. Write the names of the 50 states and their capital city.
134. List the countries that are part of North America and their capital cities.
135. List 10 countries that are part of South America and their capital cities.
136. List 10 countries that are part of Africa and their capital cities.
137. List 10 countries that are part of Europe and their capital cities.
138. List 10 countries that are part of Asia and their capital cities.
139. List the 5 oceans.
140. List the major lakes in Missouri.
141. List the major rivers in Missouri.
142. List the states that are Missouri's neighbors. 
143. List 15 famous people from Missouri and tell why they are famous.
144. Choose 15 countries and draw and color their flags.
145. Write the two letter abbreviation of each state.
146. Describe the Eastern Woodlands and list 3 Native American tribes that lived there.
147. Describe the Great Plains and list 3 Native American tribes that lived there.
148. Describe the Southwest Desert and list 3 Native American tribes that lived there.
149. Describe the Northwest Coast and list 3 Native American tribes that lived there.
150. Bring in a newspaper article about a current event and write a 5 sentence summary about it. 
151. Write the names of the 1st-10th presidents and the years they were in office.
152. Write the names of the 11th-20th presidents and the years they were in office.
153. Write the names of the 21st-30th presidents and the years they were in office.
154. Write the names of the 31st-current presidents and the years they were in office.
155. Write down the names of the men who were part of the Apollo 14 mission.
156. Write down the names of the three branches of government and what each branch's job is.
157. List the 13 original colonies.
158. List 5 causes of the American Revolution.
159. Make a timeline that shows 5 major battles of the American Revolution.
160. List the states that were part of the Union and the states that were part of the Confederacy during the Civil War.
161. Make a timeline that shows 5 major battles of the Civil War.
162. What Civil War battles were fought in Missouri?
163. Write the steps a bill must take to become a law.
164. Who is Missouri's Governor? Who are Missouri's Congressmen?  Who are Missouri's Representatives?
165. What are the requirements for becoming president?
166. Name 10 National Parks and tell what state they are in.
167. List 10 tourist attractions in Missouri. Which ones have you been to?
168. How many miles is it from our city to New York City?  How many miles is it from our city to Los Angeles, California?  How many miles is it from New York City to Los Angeles?
169. Where is the hottest city in the United States? What is it's record low temperature?  What is the coldest city in the United States? What is it's record low temperature?
170. What are the top 10 largest cities in the United States?  What are their populations?

Miscellaneous Activities:

171. List 10 colleges in Missouri.
172. List the 8 Ivy League colleges in the United States.
173. Write one career for each letter of the alphabet.
174. Name the birthstones for each month.
175. Name 20 different modes of transportation.
176. Name 20 breeds of dogs.
177. Name 10 Winter Olympic events.
178. Name 10 Summer Olympic events.
179. Where will the next Summer Olympics be, and in what year?
180. Where will the next Winter Olympics be, and in what year?
181. In the 2014 Winter Olympics, how many gold, silver, and bronze medals did the United States win?
182. In the 2012 Summer Olympics, how many gold silver, and bronze medals did the United States win?
183. List 10 instruments in a marching band.
184. List 10 instruments in a symphony orchestra.
185. List 10 professional football teams and their cities.
186. List 10 professional baseball teams and their cities.
187. List 10 professional soccer teams and their cities.
188. List 10 professional basketball teams and their cities.
189. List 10 professional hockey teams and their cities.
190. List the colleges in the SEC and their cities.

191. What city and state is the National Baseball Hall of Fame located in?
192. List the 10 players with the most home runs and how many home runs they hit.
193. What was the date and time the Titanic sank?
194. Name 10 makes and models of cars.
195. Name 2 male and 2 female professional golfers.
196. Name 2 male and 2 female professional snowboarders.
197. Name 2 male and 2 female professional bowlers.
198. Name 2 male and 2 female professional ballet dancers.
199. Name 2 male and 2 female professional tennis players.
200. List the winners of American Idol and the years they won.
201. List, in order they were released, the Nintendo game systems and the years they were released.
202. List 10 other names for the color blue.
203. List 10 famous painters.
204. List 10 famous composers.
205. List 10 city newspapers.
206. What were the top 10 girl names in the year you were born?
207. What were the top 10 boy names in the year you were born?
208. Design a flag for our classroom.
209. Design a name tag for our class pet.
210. Design a new license plate for Missouri.
I'm excited to see how this works out!

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