Challenge Day 27

This week, the questions will focus on UNUSUAL ANIMALS. Today is April 29. See if you can learn something new about the way animals live, look and act!

To answer your question, click on the speech bubble and use this format for your answer: answer to question – first name only – teacher last name (example: 1936 – Peggy – Jones)

Question for all Grades 2 and 3:

Go to the BrainPop Jr. database and search for CLASSIFYING ANIMALS.  Watch the movie and  answer this question: What is the world’s smallest mammal?

For extra fun, read the Pop a Joke! The Sortify Game looks like fun, too. Take the Easy Quiz and the Hard Quiz to challenge yourself!

Question for all Grades 4 and 5:

Go to the BrainPop database and search for GIANT SQUID.  Watch the movie and answer this question: What is the only know predator of the Giant Squid?

Take the Quiz and play the Sortify games for extra fun!

Good luck and have a great week!

Challenge Day 26

This week, the questions will focus on UNUSUAL ANIMALS. Today is April 29. See if you can learn something new about the way animals live, look and act!

To answer your question, click on the speech bubble and use this format for your answer: answer to question – first name only – teacher last name (example: 1936 – Peggy – Jones)

Question for all Grades 2 and 3:

Go to the Kids Infobits database and search for HUMMINGBIRDS.  Read the first BOOK article with the GREEN square next to it. Read the article and answer this question: The hummingbird’s wings move so fast that it can stay in one place in the air. What is this called?

Question for all Grades 4 and 5:

Go to the Kids Infobits database and search for HUMMINGBIRDS.  Read the second BOOK article with the BLUE square next to it. Read the article and answer this question: How many eggs does a hummingbird lay?

Good luck and have a great week!

Challenge Day 25

This week, the questions will focus on UNUSUAL ANIMALS. Today is April 27. See if you can learn something new about the way animals live, look and act!

To answer your question, click on the speech bubble and use this format for your answer: answer to question – first name only – teacher last name (example: 1936 – Peggy – Jones)

Question for all Grades 2 and 3:

Go to the DK Findout database and search for HONEY BADGER.  Read the information in the article and explore the interactive labeled diagram. What a sweet name this animal has but its name does not match its demeanor! Answer this question: What are two animals that the honey badger’s skin are protected from?

Question for all Grades 4 and 5:

Go to the DK Findout database and search for INSIDE A MAMMAL.  Read the article and explore the interactive labeled diagram; then answer this question. What part of a mammal’s protective skeletal frame is in charge of protecting all of the nerves that connect the brain to the body?

Good luck and have a great week!

Challenge Day 24

This week, the questions will focus on UNUSUAL ANIMALS. Today is April 27. See if you can learn something new about the way animals live, look and act!

To answer your question, click on the speech bubble and use this format for your answer: answer to question – first name only – teacher last name (example: 1936 – Peggy – Jones)

Question for all Grades 2 and 3:

Go to the PebbleGo Animals database and search for ANIMAL COMMUNICATION.  Read the information in the article and watch the video. Answer this question: What emotion are elephants communicating when they rub trunks together?

Question for all Grades 4 and 5:

Go to the PebbleGo Next database and search for the word GROUP BEHAVIOR.  Read the article and then answer this question. What is the only mammal that is considered to be EUSOCIAL?

Good luck and have a great week!

Daily Challenge 23

This week, we will focus on National Poetry Month! Today is April 23! Enjoy the poems and being creative :).

To answer your question, click on the speech bubble and use this format for your answer: answer to question – first name only – teacher last name (example: 1936 – Peggy – Jones)

Question for all Grades 2 and 3:

Go to the DK Findout database and search for the word POETRY.  Read the information on National Poetry Month and learn 5 Facts About Poetry. Click on the RED link to Poetry at the bottom of the page. Then, read the article on Riddles and answer this question. What is the answer to the famous riddle that the Sphinx asked in the Ancient Greece myth?

Question for all Grades 4 and 5:

Go to the DK Findout database and search for the word POETRY.  Read the information on National Poetry Month and learn 5 Facts About Poetry. Click on the RED link to Poetry at the bottom of the page. Then, read the article on Sonnets and answer this question. In the example sonnet, what is the person being compared to in the opening line of the sonnet?

Everyone:  I loved all of these articles on DK Findout! Explore more of the articles on your own!

Challenge Day 22

This week, we will focus on National Poetry Month! Today is April 22! Enjoy the poems and being creative :).

To answer your question, click on the speech bubble and use this format for your answer: answer to question – first name only – teacher last name (example: 1936 – Peggy – Jones)

Question for all Grades 2 – 5:

Go to the Tumble Premium database and search by author for Stephen Mitchell.  You will choose Wishing Bone: The Last of the Purple Tigers. This poem is from a book of poems by Stephen Mitchell called The Wishing Bone and Other Poems. I love this poem! It is so creative and has so much description and great rhyme and rhythm. After you read the poem or have it read to you, answer this question. Although quite unexpected, what did the Purple Tiger do when the explorers found her?

Everyone:  You may to take the quiz after the poem OR read the rest of the poems in this book by choosing the other Wishing Bone book. I love reading good poems and really enjoyed these!

Challenge Day 21

This week, we will focus on National Poetry Month! Today is April 21! Enjoy the poems and being creative :).

To answer your question, click on the speech bubble and use this format for your answer: answer to question – first name only – teacher last name (example: 1936 – Peggy – Jones)

Question for Grades 2 and 3:

Go to the Kids Infobits database and search for Parts of a Poem. Read or listen to the article with the GREEN square next to it.  After you read the article, answer this question. What is the name of the poem that the article uses as an example in the section on Rhyme? (not the picture at the beginning of the article)

Question for Grades 4 and 5:

Go to the Kids Infobits database and search for Parts of a Poem. Read or listen to the article with the BLUE square next to it.  After you read the article, answer this question. What is used for a poet to create a Rhythm in a poem?

Everyone:  You may have noticed that the example poem in the article is a poem from Shel Silverstein! You can read the entire poem here: Shel Silverstein Poem.

Drawing by Shel Silverstein.

Challenge Day 20

This week, we will focus on National Poetry Month! Today is April 20! Enjoy the poems and being creative :).

To answer your question, click on the speech bubble and use this format for your answer: answer to question – first name only – teacher last name (example: 1936 – Peggy – Jones)

Question for Grades 2 and 3:

Go to the BrainPop Jr. database and watch the video for Poems. This video tells SO much about different types of poems: Haiku, Free Verse, Shape Poems and more. When Annie talks about writing a REBUS, she talks about an easier way to do one instead of thinking of the symbols first. What does she do first?

Question for Grades 4 and 5:

Go to the BrainPop database and watch the movie on Poetry. This video is a wonderful introduction to poetry and talks about things like rhyme, rhythm, meter and other devices used by poets. The movie also introduces several poems. One of the poets that is highlighted is Emily Dickinson (one of my personal favorites!) What is the poem about that is highlighted in the movie?

Everyone: I would challenge you to take the quiz after the movies that you watch! I also would challenge you to try to write an acrostic poem or a rhyming poem…..it is fun and challenging to write a poem! For more fun, you may want to check out Poet Shel Silverstein’s website: http://www.shelsilverstein.com/

Good Luck and Enjoy a Good Poem TODAY!

Challenge Day 19

This week, we will focus on Career Week! Today is April 16! This week, all grades will have the same question. I hope you enjoy learning about different STEM Careers!

To answer your question, click on the speech bubble and use this format for your answer: answer to question – first name only – teacher last name (example: 1936 – Peggy – Jones)

Question for Grades 2 through 5:

Go to the Newsela database in your grade level. Search for MIKE LUPICA.  You will read an interview with this sportswriter and children’s book author. Remember, you can adjust the Lexile level of the article with the drop-down menu at the top. After you read the article, take the quiz if you want to see how well you understand the information (click on the Activities tab on the side of the article)!

After you read the article, answer this question. What is one of the things that Mike Lupica would love for you to learn about in his books?

Good Luck!

Challenge Day 18

This week, we will focus on Career Week! Today is April 14! This week, all grades will have the same question. I hope you enjoy learning about different STEM Careers!

To answer your question, click on the speech bubble and use this format for your answer: answer to question – first name only – teacher last name (example: 1936 – Peggy – Jones)

Question for Grades 2 through 5:

Go to the Newsela database in your grade level. Search for JAGUAR DENTIST.  You will read the  article shown, an article on Brook Niemiec, a board-certified animal dentist. Remember, you can adjust the Lexile level of the article with the drop-down menu at the top. After you read the article, take the quiz if you want to see how well you understand the information (click on the Activities tab on the side of the article)!

After you read the article, answer this question. Is this statement True or False?: Animals act differently when their teeth are hurt.

Good Luck!