FSA Puzzle Club

This Club has been building Jigsaw puzzles, is been probe that Working on puzzles and solving them provides us with very many helpful benefits. First of all it makes us alert, increases our concentration, expand our creativity. On the other hand, looking at the images constantly helps us practice visualization, which is again good aid for any physical activity that succeeds mental activity. It also affects our physical health by lowering our breath rate, reducing heart rate and blood pressure too. For all these reasons, kids who are good at puzzles will find their ability to gather information, assess a situation, and find a quick solution to a problem greatly sharpened. This club is open to everyone!

See a picture of the puzzles the students had done.
Fulton Science Academy Puzzle Club

6th Grade Science Classes Enjoyed Cookie Mining Activity


The mining of our country’s natural resources is not just finding the coal ore we need for energy and digging it up. As part of our energy unit, 6th grade Earth Science students conducted a lab to become aware of the important economic and environmental considerations involved in a coal mining venture. These include property costs, mining equipment costs, operational costs, and land reclamation costs. To make a profit, the income from the recovered ore must be greater than the total mining costs plus any environmental fines.  
In their lab they mined chocolate chip cookies to remove the chocolate chip “ore.” They had to make decisions about what type of mine (cookie) they would purchase, and tools they would purchase because students were not allowed to touch their cookie with their hands. There were operational costs for the number of minutes they mined and time was given for reclamation. In this case, all of the crumbs had to be back into a circle the same area as the original cookie otherwise there were fines.
Students seemed to enjoy this activity even if their mining company operated at a loss because at the end all students were allowed to eat the remains of their cookie!

Fulton Science Academy Cookie Mining

Students Enjoyed Indirect Measurement Activity in Math Class


Students in Math class enjoyed a Math activity called “Indirect Measurement” and practiced measuring various objects. This specific topic that they had been learning about was called, “similar triangles” Instead of solving dull geometry questions on a worksheet, the students used an interactive method of measurement that was brought to us by the ancient Greek mathematicians. The method was dubbed “indirect measurement”, as stated above and it gave the ancient Greeks the capability to measure things that were too difficult or impossible to measure with almost pinpoint accuracy. When a Greek philosopher named Thales of Miletus, (who has been hailed as the Father of Mathematics), pondered the height of the Great Pyramid. Thales noticed that the shadows in the desert create triangles that were to scale with one another. He also took note that the sun’s shadows fell from every object in the desert at the same angle. Since this is true, the sun’s shadows create similar triangles from every object in the desert. Therefore the height of the Great Pyramid could be easily determined by the length of its shadow relative to the length of Thales’s own shadow. Students applied this technique to measure small class items, (including their math book, a binder, etc.). By measuring these shadows and creating similar triangles, they found the missing sides.  Besides being a fun way of learning “similar figures’ it also answers the typical questions like “when am I going to use this stuff?”
Fulton Science Academy Math Games

8th Grade Language Arts Class Connected Poetry with Music


In Mrs. Bragg’s English Language Arts classes, students have been studying poetry.  Students spent the entire poetry unit learning about poetic devices, figurative language, sound devices, and the different types of poetry  As a culminating, and hands-on activity, students participated in a musical poetry project last week!  They brought in music of their choice, and analyzed the song lyrics for various pieces of figurative language.  The students then presented their projects to the class, and they played the music for each of their songs as they helped their other classmates understand the different devices in the lyrics.  Students really had a great time connecting poetry with music, especially when it applied to their favorite songs!

Look to this day
for it is life
the very life of life.
In its brief course lie all
the realities and truths of existence
the joy of growth
the splendor of action
the glory of power.

For yesterday is but a memory
And tomorrow is only a vision.
But today well lived
makes every yesterday a memory
of happiness
and every tomorrow a vision of hope.


Look well, therefore, to this day….

~ ancient Sanskrit poem ~

Elementary Grade Valentine’s Day Celebration



Love is in the air! On February 14, Our elementary students enjoyed an exciting afternoon of treats, Valentine’s Day cards, two crafts, BINGO, jewelry making, a Valentine’s Day themed cozy reading center, prizes, cookie decorating, and a LOVE-ly candy heart graphing activity!

Fulton Science Academy Valentine's Day
Fulton Science Academy Valentine's Day
Fulton Science Academy Valentine's Day

A big THANK YOU to our event coordinator, Ms. Fichter, elementary teachers and volunteer parents for organizing this event so well for our elementary students. Please see more pictures from this wonderful event in our reading room.