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PUZZLES AND PROJECTS FOR BRIGHT SCHOLARS RITA HOGAN KEUTEN F

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This book is dedicated to my sons Tom and Dave and to my scholars at St. Peter the Apostle, St. Paul on the Lake, and St. Joan of Arc Schools.

Copyright Š 2012, Royal Fireworks Publishing Co., Inc. Permission is hereby granted to purchasers of this book to make copies of the forms, rubrics, and assessments for use in their classroom. All other copying prohibited without the written permission of the publisher. Royal Fireworks Press First Avenue, PO Box 399 Unionville, NY 10988-0399 (845) 726-4444 FAX: (845) 726-3824 email: mail@rfwp.com website: rfwp.com ISBN: 978-0-88092-902-8 Printed and bound in the United States of America on acid-free, recycled paper using vegetable-based inks and environmentally-friendly cover coatings by the Royal Fireworks Printing Co. of Unionville, New York.


PUZZLES AND PROJECTS FOR BRIGHT SCHOLARS 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 any gifted and talented children who are looking to get their educational needs met? Do you have social children who like to work with a partner? PUZZLES AND PROJECTS FOR BRIGHT SCHOLARS 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!


Table of Contents – PUZZLES AND PROJECTS FOR BRIGHT SCHOLARS

Animals All Around............................................................................... 1 Home Sweet Home................................................................................... 2

Eye of the Hurricane.............................................................................. 3

Vacation Mystery Trips.......................................................................... 4

Seeing Red and Blue and Green.......................................................... 5 Dairy Farm, Cherry Farm...................................................................6-7 Using Your Brain................................................................................ 8-9 Hidden A’s......................................................................................... 10-11

Get Moving............................................................................................12

Seconds Please..................................................................................... 13

Wheels Go Round.......................................................................... 14-15

4 x 4 Animals...................................................................................... 16 Music Makers..........................................................................................17

Cities or Countries.............................................................................. 18 Shaped to Win........................................................................................19 The Case of the Missing Vowels.......................................................... 20 Word Searching......................................................................................21 Going in Circles................................................................................... 22

Who Is It?............................................................................................. 23

Code Two: Inventions For You........................................................... 24 Sports Arena...........................................................................................25 BRRRRR................................................................................................. 26 Climb That Tree.....................................................................................27

Rowing Along the River....................................................................... 28

Answers............................................................................................. 29-52


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 for younger children using words and pictures to classify the animals from this puzzle. Are they insects, fish, amphibians, reptiles, birds, or mammals? Make your posters easy to read and understand. How will you explain the characteristics of each classification? 1


HOME SWEET HOME Hidden in these sentences are the names of places 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. EXAMPLE: His uncle drives a cab in New York City. ANSWER: cabin Who used Mom’s computer? 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 sea. Now write a description of your home or draw a picture of it or make a model of your home.

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EYE OF THE HURRICANE The answers to this puzzle are all types of “stormy� words. Scholars, where will you look for information - your science book, books on weather, the computer?

1. ___ ___ ___ H ___ ___ ___

2. ___ ___ ___ ___ ___ ___ ___ ___ U ___

3. ___ ___ R ___ ___ ___ ___

4. ___ ___ ___ R ___ ___ ___ ___ ___

5. ___ ___ ___ ___ ___ ___ I ___ ___

7. ___ A ___ ___

6. ___ ___ ___ C ___ ___ ___ ___ ___ ___ ___ ___ ___

8. ___ ___ ___ N ___ ___ 9. ___ ___ E

1. A hurricane in the Western Pacific is called this.

2. When a tornado touches down on water instead of land.

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

4. A giant storm with winds over 74 mph.

5. Huge electrical spark during a thunderstorm.

8. Shape of a tornado cloud.

6. Moisture that falls from the atmosphere.

7. Temperature needed for a hurricane to form. 9. The center of a hurricane is called this.

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

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VACATION MYSTERY TRIPS Pack your bags. Grab a map of the United States. Get ready for your vacation mystery trips. There are three separate destinations waiting for you and your family. TRIP #1

1. You and your family are beginning this trip in the state of Kansas.

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

2. Drive two states west. Where are you now? _________________________________________________ 3. Fly NE one state. What 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 what state?

_____________________________________________________________________________________ TRIP #2

1. Fly to the state of Georgia and rent a car there.

2. Go west two states and write the name of the state you 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. What 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. Write down the name of the state you are in so that you don’t get lost. ______________________________________________________________________ 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 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! 4


SEEING RED… AND BLUE AND GREEN There are several shades of the colors red, blue, and green listed here. Write each word in the correct balloon. AZURE

MAROON CRIMSON

JADE

VERMILION CERULEAN

INDIGO

EMERALD OLIVE

CERISE NAVY CLARET

CHARTREUSE CARMINE GARNET MAGENTA RED

1. __________________

2. __________________

3. __________________

4. __________________

5. __________________

6. __________________

7. __________________

8. __________________

GREEN

1. _________________

SAPPHIRE

BLUE

2. _________________

1. ___________________

3. _________________

2. ___________________

4. _________________

3. ___________________

4. ___________________ 5. ___________________

BONUS BOX: Use shades of ONE color (red or blue or green) to draw a favorite picture. 5


DAIRY FARM, CHERRY FARM Some farmers grow crops, Others raise an animal or two; This puzzle includes all farmers, But solving it is up to you.

DIRECTIONS: The answers to this crossword puzzle are “farming” words that rhyme with the clues. Even though many clues are two words, the answers, unless indicated, are one word. EXAMPLE: clue – charm

ACROSS

1. rattle

2. star list

answer – farm

18. more heard

21. we’re a nation

6. yarn

22. how

10. stay soft

26. which cork

8. shop notation (2 word answer)

24. fed doe

12. sickens

27. legs

16. dive smock

29. bilking a teen (2 word answer)

13. the tour

17. edge the pulls DOWN

1. torn shield

28. arm blouse

12. worn chalk

2. when

14. grass fir

4. mom fine

19. booster

3. go

5. tag a vulture

7. bakers

9. pear throw 11. factor

15. charmer 20. course

22. Big Ben 23. sheet

25. fly low

BONUS BOX: Find pictures and information about the history and the uses of different farm machines. How will you share what you have learned—a presentation, drawings, a booklet, or some other way?

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