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Introduction As teachers and parents, we want our children to stretch their brains in different ways, to learn something new, and to have fun in the process. Youth is an excellent time for them to experiment in many subject areas, to try different skills, and to discover a variety of interests and talents. Puzzles and Projects for Bright Scholars offers a selection of puzzles, word activities, and projects for your children, especially those in grades 3-6. If you are a classroom teacher, you probably have a wide range of students with an even wider range of abilities. Do you have efficient students who work quickly, finish their assignments early, and want something extra to do? Do you have gifted and talented students who need additional challenges to get their educational needs met? Do you have social children who like to work with a partner? This book is for all of these children. Give your students something fun yet challenging. Get their brain connections fired up with these puzzles and activities. Give them an opportunity to think outside the “easy� box. If you are a homeschooling parent, this book offers word activities, puzzles, and projects in a variety of subject areas that require your child to think, to read and figure out directions, to be creative, and to use research resources when necessary. If, most especially, you are the bright scholar for whom all of this is intended, you probably are anxious to get started. Have fun!

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Animals All Around These common, everyday words are also something else. They are all from the animal world. Rearrange the letters, and you will see.

Example: THE ARMS: HAMSTER 1. PAWS______________________________

16. OR WRAPS_________________________

2. SHORE____________________________

17. AS KEN____________________________

3. HARKS____________________________

18. ART PRO___________________________

4. THRONE___________________________

19. MORE MATS_______________________

5. WENT_____________________________

20. MAIN GOLF________________________

6. TOGA______________________________

21. GIRLS TAN_________________________

7. TUTOR____________________________

22. SOON RICHER______________________

8. AUNT______________________________

23. TRAP HEN_________________________

9. PAD ROLE_________________________

24. GROAN AUNT______________________

10. ANY CAR__________________________

25. MOO QUITS________________________

11. LET BEE___________________________

26. GLAD BUY_________________________

12. A DOT_____________________________

27. NEAT HELP________________________

13. THE ACHE_________________________

28. AT GORILLA________________________

14. CLEAN HOME______________________

29. A MALL____________________________

15. BIB ART___________________________

30. CRIED COOL_______________________

BONUS BOX: Make a set of posters using words and pictures to classify the animals from this puzzle. Are they mammals, birds, insects, fish, amphibians, or reptiles? Make your posters easy to read and understand. How will you explain the characteristics of each classification? 3


Home Sweet Home Hidden in these sentences are the names of places that people call home—buildings where people live. The people living in these buildings might be kings and queens or college students or maybe even you. Can you find the names of the different types of homes? You may use a dictionary or thesaurus to help you find other words that mean home. There is one answer for each sentence.

Examples: His uncle drives a cab in New York City. Who used Mom’s computer?

Answer: cabin

Answer: house

1. The meteorologist forecast less rain in our area for next week. 2. Before you start to dig, look in the garage for the tulip bulbs. 3. Someone had painted a lilac on Dora’s hat. 4. The scary movie had an evil lady as the main character. 5. We devoured a ham sandwich, ate au gratin potatoes, and then had dessert. 6. Joe will join either jazz band or marching band this year. 7. Neither Emma nor Emily can go to the park today. 8. I need to write Uncle Rich a letter to thank him for my birthday gift. 9. The directions said to turn west at East River Road. 10. The mayor gave our principal a certificate for our school’s outstanding performance.

BONUS BOX: Think about an imaginary home for yourself—maybe in a backyard tree or on an island in the middle of the ocean. Write a description of your home, draw a picture of it, or make a model of it. 4


Eye of the Hurricane The answers to this puzzle are all types of “stormy� words. You can look for information in science books, books about weather, and the internet.

1. ___ ___ ___ H ___ ___ ___ 2. ___ ___ ___ ___ ___ ___ ___ ___ U ___

3. ___ ___ R ___ ___ ___ ___

4. ___ ___ ___ R ___ ___ ___ ___ ___

5. ___ ___ ___ ___ ___ ___ I ___ ___ 6. ___ ___ ___ C ___ ___ ___ ___ ___ ___ ___ ___ ___

7. ___ A ___ ___

8. ___ ___ ___ N ___ ___

9. ___ ___ E

1. The name for a hurricane in the Western Pacific

5. A  huge electrical spark during a thunderstorm

2. A  tornado that touches down on water instead of land

6. Moisture that falls from the atmosphere 7. T  emperature needed for a hurricane to form

3. A  low, sheetlike type of cloud that is a sign of rainy weather

8. The shape of a tornado cloud 4. A  giant storm with winds of more than 74 mph

9. The name for the center of a hurricane

BONUS BOX: Create a board game that a meteorologist might like to play. What shape will your game board be? 5


Vacation Mystery Trips Pack your bags, grab a map of the United States, and get ready for some vacation mystery trips. There are three separate destinations waiting for you and your family.

Trip #1

NE: Northeast NW: Northwest SE: Southeast SW: Southwest

1. You and your family are beginning this trip in the state of Kansas. 2. Drive two states west. Where are you now? __________________________________________________ 3. Fly NE one state. Which state did you land in? _______________________________________________ 4. Go north one state, and arrive in ___________________________________________________________ 5. Travel east two states. ___________________________________________________________________ 6. Go south two states. ____________________________________________________________________ 7. Continue SE one state. __________________________________________________________________ 8. Drive north one state, and from there go NE one more state. ____________________________________ 9. You are almost at your mystery destination. Go NW, and you will arrive in which state? _______________

Trip #2 1. Fly to the state of Georgia and rent a car there. 2. Go west two states, and arrived in __________________________________________________________ 3. With your family, go SW one state. ________________________________________________________ 4. Everyone feels like a long drive, so travel west three states. _____________________________________ 5. Go NW one state. ______________________________________________________________________ 6. Go west one state and then north one more state. Where are you now? ______________________________ 7. Everyone is hungry and ready for something to eat in the destination state. Go east one state. Which state are you in, and what food are they known for growing? ________________________________________

Trip #3 1. Begin your travels in the state that is at the northeastern corner of the United States. Where are you? _____________________________________________________________________________________ 2. Go west three states, and find yourself in the state of ___________________________________________ 3. Travel SW to the next state. ______________________________________________________________ 4. Go east one state, and then travel NE two more states. _________________________________________ 5. It’s a great day for sightseeing. Travel north one state. _________________________________________ 6. You enjoy going in the NE direction. In fact, you go NE for two more states. What is your final destination state? _______________________________________________________________________________ BONUS BOX: Plan your own mystery trip. Start in your home state. Use a map to determine which direction you need to travel and which states you will pass through to get to a state that you would like to visit. What do you want to see along the way, and what will you do when you arrive at your destination? Happy travels! 6

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