Here is what we are working on in Horizons extension classes.

~Maine state geography, economy, industry, regions, animals, plants, historical figures, authors, farming, food, climate, architecture, and much more.

~Geometric structures and Origami

~Robotics and programming/coding

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Ultra Violet, Pantone’s color of 2018, is a shade of purple, a hue that signifies power and wealth but with origins in the mucus of sea snails.

~Independent work at their instructional level

~Math games

~Math apps on the iPads

Classes include a math lesson and students work independently or in pairs. The HORIZON teacher offers instruction, guidance, and formative assessments. Students work at being respectful listeners and *consider others ways of thinking as well as their own. *

Guess My Number game: In 4 or less guesses, using questions involving prime numbers, square numbers, divisibility rules, combined questions, find consensus on whose idea/question would eliminate the most numbers, and strategies. They sometimes guess the selected number (between 1 and 100) in 6 steps/guesses! https://www.funbrain.com/games/guess-the-number

The 24 game: to determine the answer 24, students apply order of operations, multiplication, division, addition, subtraction https://www.24game.com/t-about-howtoplay.aspx

Rullo: strategy, creative thinking, and addition https://www.coolmath-games.com/0-rullo

Math Marathon challenges: use measuring tools to calculate Area, estimation of height, observation of geometry in our learning space, and much more.

The Year Game: order of operations, factorials, sigma http://mathforum.org/yeargames/

Kings Digits Game: similar to The Year Game http://mathforum.org/terry/kings/

Continental Math League challenges (CML): word problems involving a variety of math skills

Divisibility Challenges: learning all divisibility rules from 1-11 and a focus on place value, multiplication and division https://brilliant.org/practice/divisibility-level-1-2-challenges/

*There were 325 people at a conference. If each of 30 people brought 3 guests, each of 20 people brought 2 guests and each of 40 people brought 1 guest, how many people did not bring any guests?*

* Use a calculator: If it's the year 2014, how many more years would go by before all 4 digits will be the same?*

* Find one object in the classroom that has a very long width, a very long length, but a very short height. What are its dimensions? What geometric shape is it?*

Students read both fictional chapter books and short stories provided in class. Writing activities (sentences, poetry forms) support comprehension and strategies practice.

The White Giraffe

Lizzie Bright and the Buckminster Boy

When Mischief Came to Town

~Geography and landforms, topographic map making, erosion stream-table experiments, geo caching, Landforms video link: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BsqKTJtK_vw

~Solar Energy, using solar ovens for cooking, building solar houses, the Sun's heat vs photovoltaic cells

~Robotics and Programming/Coding

****one generous third grader chose to spend his own saved money to buy a Dash robot and xylophone for the Horizons program. More students can try programming and enjoy hands-on learning. The robot has been named after his benefactor "Wally"*

Dash and Dot: https://www.makewonder.com/

~Independent/group work at their instructional level

~Math games

~Math apps on the iPads

~**link to educational videos: http://mashupmath.com/elementary-math-lessons**

~use origami 3-D manipulative shapes called flextangles

~play memory games

~work on independent challenges such as solving divisibility puzzles

~work in small groups or pairs playing math games

~practice computation *(show and explain how they solved problems)*

IXL Learning link: 5th grade math standards: https://www.ixl.com/math/grade-5

The 24 Game: order of operations challenge to get 24 http://www.4nums.com/

Guess My Number: using even, odd, prime, composite, and square numbers Guess the Number

Rullo: iPad game of strategy, creative thinking, and addition

Math Marathon: using measuring tools to calculate area, estimation of height, observation of geometry in our learning space, and much more

The Year Game: order of operations , factorials and sigma http://mathforum.org/yeargames/

Continental Math League: math problem challenges (CML)

Divisibility Challenges: https://brilliant.org/practice/divisibility-level-1-2-challenges/

*Hillary's weight on the planet Jupiter is 7 times her weight on the planet Mercury. Her weight on Earth is 3 times her weight on Mercury. If her weight on the planet Jupiter is 210 pounds, how many pounds does she weigh her on Earth?*

* Subtract the number of faces on a dodecahedron from the number of rooms in The White House (hint: use a reference source to find out more information). *

* 6336 is a number palindrome (a number that is the same forwards and backwards). Subtract the year that was 20 years before the current year, from 6336. What does that equal?*

**4th grade students who work on divisibility puzzle challenges are required to show all the divisibility rules and actual math used to prove or disprove each divisibility clue.*

Students read both fictional chapter books and stories in our grade level 5 text DAYBOOK of Critical Reading and Writing. Strategies are introduced and children learn to identify these and then practice them in their own writing.

Reading class lessons incorporate challenges that align to 4th grade reading and writing standards.

The Phantom Tollbooth

The Little Prince

The Wright Brothers

Abel's Island

Anno's Journey

Red Herring puzzles : Ask your 3rd or 4th grader to let you try and solve it. Remember, you can only ask questions to which the answer is yes or no.

*One afternoon, while camping with her family, Bev was asked to go to the river and bring back a bucket full of water.*

*To her surprise, the only bucket she could find had several large holes in its bottom.*

*Undismayed, Bev managed to fulfill the request. How did she do it?*

W.A.I.T.O. Word guessing game

Rules: the word has to be a noun, can't be plural, a compound word or a proper name. Guess the word by asking questions about what you think the word is. Begin by sharing the first letter only.

Example: Mystery word is COW. You write C __ __