de

Word Builders Jr.
de

What does it mean?

Practice Activities

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Move the correct picture into the box.


Which living thing is a decomposer?


Make up a word that starts with de-. Tell us what it means in the comments below. Or, show us a picture!


Focus

Choose one part of the natural world to focus on in this moment. Draw and write about what you observe.

Here are some ideas to get you started:

Sniff the air. What does it smell like?
Do you see or hear any animals?
Is there water nearby? What does it feel like and sound like?
What do the trees look like where you are?

Go outside, look around and focus on one thing that stands out to you the most. Spend some time sketching pictures of your focus item in your nature journal.

On your journal page, make sure to include location information. WHERE did you find it? Include some timing information. What season is it? What time of day?

If you want to, add some of nature items into your journal (like a holly leaf pressed and glued to a page of your journal).


Would you like to share your nature investigation with other Smart Pegs? Take a photo or a short video of your journal entry and add it to the comments section!

Like someone else’s ideas? You can reply to their comments, too!

Billion Dollar Compound…or Mixture?

A young chef has received an offer from a  company to buy the recipe for his special pasta sauce. Before he can become a billionaire and retire to the Bahamas, the chef must provide the company with the nutrition information for his sauce.

To determine the nutrition information, the chef must first determine whether his sauce is a compound or a mixture of the original ingredients.

What should be do to figure this out?

How will knowing whether the sauce is a compound or a mixture help him determine the nutrition information?

How would the nutrition information of a compound or mixture compare to the nutrition information of the original ingredients?


Would you like to share your thoughts with other Smart Pegs? Copy your journal entry and post it in the comments section! Or, take a photo or a short video of your journal entry and upload it here!

Like someone else’s ideas? Reply to their comments, too!

Superheroes

Word Builders
Superheroes

Use the flashcards to learn what each affix means.

Practice Activities

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Build the Word


Sort It Out


Use the affixes in this list to create a new superhero. Tell us about your new hero's powers (or show us a picture)!

carn

Word Builders Jr.
carn

What does it mean?

Practice Activities

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Which of these will a carnivore eat?


Tell which animals in the food chain are carnivores.

Click or tap the correct animals.


What is another carnivore that you know about?
Tell us about it and show us a picture in the comments below.


Observe a Group

Observe a group of 3 or more animals of the same species.

Examples: ants, seagulls, roly poly bugs, dogs

Record observations about the group in your journal. How many individuals are there?

What behaviors can you observe? Is everyone doing the same thing? Why might that be the case?

Where are these animals? Where aren’t they? Why might that be important?


Would you like to share your nature investigation with other Smart Pegs? Take a photo or a short video of your journal entry and add it to the comments section!

Like someone else’s ideas? You can reply to their comments, too!

 

Letter C

Today, think of something that starts with the letter C that could be the focus of a nature investigation where you live.

Here are some examples: colors outside, clouds, climate, creek, coastline

Choose one of the things from your list. Draw pictures of your letter C item in your nature journal. Include where and when information on your journal page.

Example: A chicken in a backyard coop in the afternoon during the summertime

If possible, add some of the actual items into your journal (like a fallen chicken feather).


Would you like to share your nature investigation with other Smart Pegs? Take a photo or a short video of your journal entry and add it to the comments section!

Like someone else’s ideas? You can reply to their comments, too!

Cartoon Outlaws…Ignoring Newton’s Laws

Cartoon characters often do not follow Newton’s Laws.

In real life, a single standard-sized balloon cannot life a person off the ground. Even a tiny baby weighs too much for that.

So what laws do cartoons follow?

Go to your favorite cartoon channel, website or app. Choose a short cartoon to watch.  As you watch, make up a “law” that the cartoon characters seem to follow (example:  Balloons can lift heavy objects off the ground).

After watching the clip, answer these questions:

• What fake “law” did you come up with?
• How does the cartoon show that “law”?
Critique the “cartoon law”–how does it go against what you know about real physics?


Would you like to share your thoughts with other Smart Pegs? Copy your journal entry and post it in the comments section! Or, take a photo or a short video of your journal entry and upload it here!

Like someone else’s ideas? Reply to their comments, too!

Your Favorite Place…Will It Still Be There Tomorrow?

Think of one of your favorite outdoor places.  It could be in your backyard, in your neighborhood, someplace you’ve been camping, the lake, the Grand Canyon, etc.

Imagine your favorite outdoor place and answer these questions:

• Briefly describe and/or draw what your favorite place looks like today (focus on the natural parts of it).

• Think about the many different causes of weathering & erosion.  Which ones are most likely affecting your favorite place?  What leads you to believe this?

• Predict what your favorite place would look like if you could come back and visit it in 1,000 years. How do you think it will have changed?


Would you like to share your thoughts with other Smart Pegs? Copy your journal entry and post it in the comments section! Or, take a photo or a short video of your journal entry and upload it here!

Like someone else’s ideas? Reply to their comments, too!

equi

Word Builders Jr.
equi

What does it mean?

Practice Activities

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Find 3 things that have equivalent weight.

Click or tap the correct pictures.


Move the correct picture into the box.


Can you find two things that are equivalent size or shape?
Tell us about it and show us a picture in the comments below!