Engage Your Brain! (#EYB)

Posted on: Thu, 07/12/2018 - 09:00

Activities and ideas to help students stay academically sharp this summer

photo of fireworksLet’s extend our Fourth of July celebrations with some activities to “Engage Your Brain!”  Students are invited to complete one or more of the activities below. Submit your responses to superintendent@fcps.org or deliver to 191 S. East Street. Be sure to include your name and the school you will attend in September. We will post responses on social media and the Superintendent will recognize you in the fall.

Activity #1

Listen to the soundtrack of the Broadway musical Hamilton. Create and perform your own song about a leader whom you admire.

Activity #2

Write and illustrate a story about your favorite 4th of July experience.

Activity #3

Why is the American flag red, white, and blue? What does the design of the American flag symbolize? Identify 5 other countries with flags that are red, white, and blue.  In what ways is the symbolism for these flags similar to and different from the American flag?

Activity #4

How does a firework work? Every year, many people are injured using fireworks. Create a design that would make using a firework safer.

Activity #5

Read a story about a person who fought for freedom and equal rights in another country or in the United States after the American Revolution. How was this person’s experience similar to the experiences of colonists in the American Revolution? How was it different?

Activity #6

Identify 5 American cities or towns and locate them on a United States map. Research how much it cost those cities/towns to have a fireworks display. Order the cities/towns from the most expensive display to the least. Now, research the population of those cities/towns and calculate the cost per person for the fireworks display. Order the cities/towns from the most expensive per person to the least expensive per person.  Did the order of the cities/towns change? Why do you think the costs differed?

If you have another idea for an activity that would relate to the 4th of July theme, share your idea and complete that task! Please share on Twitter @FCPSMDSuper and please feel free to share this post on Facebook or Twitter.