## Spotlight On: Measuring Rockets!

Take a deep breath and power your rocket straight to the moon!

Decorate and launch beautiful straw rockets! The four different wing designs are printed on sturdy cardstock and measure up to 4 x 5” (10 x 13 cm).We have included two different straws. Use the wider straw as a base for your rocket. Use the narrow straw as a rocket launcher. Pop out a wing design and decorate with colored pencil, crayon or marker before sliding the wings onto the large straw! We have included optional mouth pieces to decorate. Simply slide these over one end of the smaller straw. Thread the larger rocket straw over the smaller launcher straw and you are ready for the count down!

Challenge students to experiment with different engineering plans for their rockets. Play with folding wing tips and flaps and experiment with the placement of the wings on the straw. When students successfully launch their rocket and measure the distance they have traveled, give them a unique certificate. Print off the certificates Here!

Evaluate your fleet of rockets! After launching your rockets, measure the distance they travel. Repeat this activity and average the results. Continue developing math skills by charting the results. Challenge your students to make different types of graphs and charts. What does a distance pie chart look like? How about a distance bar graph?

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## Math Mystery Mini Booklet

Can YOU solve this math mystery?

Today we are demonstrating a fun activity that uses our technique for folded mini booklets, and will help get kids excited about math! Challenge each student to write their own math mystery, then mix them up and challenge their peers to solve the mysteries.

Age: 5+

Duration: 15 minutes

Learning Outcomes: Explore math facts and get to know students. Exercise fine motor, folding and scissor skills.

You’ll Need:

Once your booklet is folded, each student will need 6 strips of white paper. Fold each strip in half. Then glue one folded strip to each page, so you have a “lift the flap” book.

Now it’s time to create your math mystery! Students will need to have five math facts about themselves. The answer to these questions can be things like age, shoe size, number of pets and number of family members.

The first pages of our booklet challenge students to discover the author’s age and number of pets.

The next pages ask about the number of people in the author’s family and the author’s shoe size.

The last pages have a math fact and the reveal page!

These books aren’t just a great way to practice math and introduce students to each other. It’s an excellent activity for parent nights!

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## Spotlight on… Classroom Tunics

Keep track of your numbers and letters with Classroom Tunics! Every student can take part in the learning fun when they’ve donned their dry-erase pullover.

The R49620 Dry Erase Classroom Tunics fit nicely onto students’ shoulders. The tunic is designed to hold in place by the dry erase panels on the front and back. You can use the panels to write numbers, letters or other form of signage!

The best part is that the dry-erase tunics can be re-used over and over again.

It’s safe for children to wear and a great way to include students in group activities.

Our full guide gives you detailed resources for implementing the classroom tunics into 7 important subject ares of the curriculum. Learn how to integrate numbers into everyday learning while engaging students in fun activities such as color matching, sorting and more!

We wrote a number onto each of the students’ vests and asked them to organize themselves in the correct order. We intentionally left out some numbers to give the campers an extra challenge!

The students all had to work together to determine who went where in the number line. It was a great exercise.

The best challenge occurred when we changed some of our campers’ vests to subtraction, addition and equal signs. We then chose two students to stand on either side of the operation and work with their peers to figure out what the answer was!

There are so many great ways to use the Classroom Tunics. Even simply color-coding your students into groups makes the tunics well worth their while in your classroom!

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## Color Diffusing Animal Shapes

Use the magic of Color Diffusing Paper to make lovely animal designs from basic shapes! View our tutorial and see how our art campers adapted their designs.

Age: 4+

Duration: Drying time + 10 minutes

Learning Objectives: Use fine motor skills to squeeze paint out of pipettes onto paper. Develop beautiful arrangements of colors and observe how colors blend together to create new colors. Exercise scissor skills through cutting basic shapes. Learn geometric shape concepts and arrange shapes together to make animal designs. Encourage critical thinking and puzzle solving through shape layering. Combine math, science and art into one unified project.

You’ll Need:

• Watercolor paint

• Scissors

• Glue

• Card paper sheet

It is important for students to not only exercise their fine motor development, but to understand the processes behind color mixing, diffusion and artistic composition. This is a great exercise in learning composition as students get to use the shapes they have on hand to create interesting designs!

Lay sheets of Color Diffusing Paper onto paint trays. Draw basic shapes on the sheets of paper using permanent markers, rulers and other measurement tools. In the photos above, we’ve drawn basic shapes such as squares, triangles circles, half moon shapes and more!

Next, our careful art campers took pipettes and dropped various paint colors onto the diffusion sheets.

They loved seeing how the colors spread throughout the paper! This is the process of diffusion, where paint molecules spread through the paper molecules to fill in the spaces where there are no paint molecules.

Here, one of the campers has mixed multiple colors together.

This camper was careful to paint directly over the shape illustrations, but as the paint molecules diffused through the paper, the paint spread throughout the entire sheet!

Here’s another look!

It’s a great process that children can see unfolding right before their eyes!

To give the paint a hand, we sprayed the paper with some water to help push the paint molecules around. Notice how the permanent marker ink doesn’t blend with the rest of the paint, however!

Another art camper was busy working away at her own diffusing paint canvas.

How cool is that?!

We left the paint to dry in the sun, which made the process happen a lot quicker!

The campers then cut up the various pieces following the outlines on the paper.

They are careful to follow the lines and reaffirm their knowledge of each shape. For instance, it’s easy to tell that this particular shape the art camper is cutting is a square. But how would you describe the candy-cane like shape?

While students are cutting, it’s a good idea to ask them what the various shapes can be used to make. Help them visualize their final designs as they are cutting the shapes out.

Now let’s piece it all together! Here, one of the art campers has started to create the body and the head of an animal.

Using white glue and goo spreaders (read more about these awesome glue tools here!), the art campers pasted their pieces onto a large sheet of card paper.

Can you guess what kind of animal this art camper is making?

A cute piggy!

Here’s another variation of our adorable piglets! This art camper even drew a smiley face!