Finding Balance
"FINDING BALANCE" Adjusting to a new routine or environment can be challenging. Today, we will explore the great force of balance within ourselves and the outside world. BY: Carmel Portillo, Belleview School and Sheri Betz, Chinese Camp School

Today’s Activities


Do animals have personalities like us? Take this quiz to find your animal spirit. Journal a few sentences about your results and include a quick sketch of your animal.


Visit this site to flex your number muscles and keep these fractions in balance.

Use this worksheet to answer the next questions:

  • Fun fact: Generally there is between 1/4 and 1/3 cup of juice in one orange. About how much juice would half an orange produce? (5.NF.B.7)
  • How much juice could all of the oranges in the picture produce?
  • What fruits look like geometric shapes?
  • List the fruits and the shapes they look like.

This link shows an image of a packed prism of oranges

Use this modified worksheet to help you talk about oranges.


Watch this video that explores the mystery “Why do dogs wag their tales?”

Journal your ideas when directed to do so.

Try It!

Time how long you can balance on each foot. Try it again with a paper cup or plate on your head.

Hold on to a chair or an adult’s hands while you balance on one foot. Slowly let go. How long can you balance?

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Focus on complex sentences: Describe how you made the scales balance during the math lesson. Use the word “because” to make your sentence SUPER!

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