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What is the Hawks Club?

Are you up for a challenge?

Soar above and beyond by completing 4 extra

learning activities during the school year.

The Hawks Club is a list of challenges that you complete at

home during the school year. You must complete 4
challenges to become a member of the club. Pick any
activity that interests you and complete the tasks assigned
on the challenge sheet. Notify Mrs. Duff that you are done
and turn in your work or present your challenge to the class
at an agreed upon time. For each challenge completed, you
may pick a prize from the treasure box. Once you complete
4 of these challenges, you become an official member of the
Hawks Club and you will receive a special certificate and
prize at an awards ceremony in May.

Note: Hawks Club challenges are meant to be extra learning

activities. All completed activities must be best work to be
accepted. All challenges must be completed by May 10.
Hawks Challenge #1- Draw a Map of the
United States

 Draw a large-scale map of the United States (you

may trace if it is the right size). Map should fill
11x18 paper or larger. I can provide you with any
size white paper you would like.

 Each state should be colored with colored pencils or

crayons (different colors) and labeled with black pen
or super fine sharpie. All writing must be legible.
Don’t forget Alaska and Hawaii! Small states may be
identified to the side of the map with arrows
pointing to location

 Include the Great Lakes in your drawing.

 Include a Compass Rose.

 Share your map with the class.

 Best work is expected.

Hawks Challenge #2- Gettysburg Address
 Memorize the Gettysburg Address (see below)
 Be able to verbally report on what it is and why it is important!

Gettysburg Address

Four score and seven years ago our fathers brought forth on this continent,
a new nation, conceived in Liberty, and dedicated to the proposition that
all men are created equal.

Now we are engaged in a great civil war, testing whether that nation, or
any nation so conceived and so dedicated, can long endure. We are met
on a great battlefield of that war. We have come to dedicate a portion of
that field, as a final resting place for those who here gave their lives that
that nation might live. It is altogether fitting and proper that we should do

But, in a larger sense, we cannot dedicate -- we cannot consecrate -- we

cannot hallow -- this ground. The brave men, living and dead, who
struggled here, have consecrated it, far above our poor power to add or
detract. The world will little note, nor long remember what we say here,
but it can never forget what they did here. It is for us the living, rather, to
be dedicated here to the unfinished work which they who fought here
have thus far so nobly advanced. It is rather for us to be here dedicated to
the great task remaining before us -- that from these honored dead we
take increased devotion to that cause for which they gave the last full
measure of devotion -- that we here highly resolve that these dead shall
not have died in vain -- that this nation, under God, shall have a new birth
of freedom -- and that government of the people, by the people, for the
people, shall not perish from the earth.

Abraham Lincoln
 November 19, 1863

Hawks Challenge #3- Preamble to the
U.S. Constitution.

 Memorize the Preamble to the U.S. Constitution.

(see below) and recite it in class.
 Be prepared to tell the class what the U.S.
Constitution is and why it is important in a couple of
 Retell and explain the Preamble in your own words.
What do all those big words mean?


We the people of the United States, in order to form a

more perfect union, establish justice, insure domestic
tranquility, provide for the common defense, promote
the general welfare, and secure the blessings of
liberty to our posterity, and ourselves do ordain and
establish this Constitution for the United States of
Hawks Challenge #4- Choose a U.S.
President and make a book about that

 Use your best art skills and be sure to have a cover and way
to bind the book.

 Book must be a minimum of 5 pages and should include at

least one hand drawn picture.

 You should also include interesting facts about his childhood,

family, path to the presidency and the presidency itself.

 There should be a minimum of 10 facts.

 Handwriting should be neat.

 You are welcome to type it and use print photos from the

 Please see the classroom example.

 This will be a keepsake and should be best-published work,

checked for spelling and grammar errors, and something you
should be proud of.
Hawks Challenge #5- Write a play
(this could be a group challenge)

 Write a play with 3 characters or more and a story to tell.

Your play must have a setting, an introduction for the
audience (perhaps a narrator?) and you must write out
dialogue for each character.

 Organize your friends and have them be actors in your play.

You must practice your play ahead of time.

 Present your play to the class.

 The play must be at least 5 minutes long (no more than 10


 The play should be appropriate for 3rd grade and should tell
a story or teach a lesson to the audience.

 Actors should be in costume. Props welcome.

 You may work in a group to complete the whole project. In

order for everyone to get Hawks Club Credit, each person
must have been involved in the writing and creating of the

 A written script must be provided for credit (can be hand-

written or typed)
Hawks Challenge #6- Write a research
report on the Red Tailed Hawk.

 Write a 1-2 page report on the Red Tailed Hawk. (Or create
a power-point)

 Research the hawk by reading library books or reading

Internet articles appropriate for kids.

 Your report should include a picture and facts on the hawk

such as physical features, where they live, habitat, behavior,
communication, what they eat and what eats them, and their
role in the ecosystem. This will be a minimum of 2
paragraphs. One picture may be from the Internet. One
picture must be hand drawn of the hawk in its appropriate

 Handwriting should be neat (or typed), spelling correct, and

the report should look professional!

 Present the report with a cover. Be prepared to present

your report to the class. Practice your public speaking
ahead of time.
Hawks Challenge #7- Read 50 Books and
record them on a reading log.

 Take a copy of the reading log.

 Your parents MUST sign off that you have read


 15 books must be nonfiction/informational.

 15 Books must be Chapter Books.

 Present your reading log to the class.

Hawks Challenge #8- Solar System

 Make your own homemade Solar System to hang in

the classroom.

 You must identify each planet, sun, and moon on the

solar system (put labels on each object).

 It must be best work and something you would be

proud to hang in the classroom and your home. The
end result should demonstrate creativity and
knowledge gained about the Solar System.

 Kits are fine as long as you are required to paint and

assemble them in correct order (no kit where you
just put it together). If you have a question about
whether or not the kit counts, please see Mrs. Duff
before starting or send me a link to look at.
Hawks Challenge # 9- Memorize a poem.

 Poem must be 12 lines long or longer.

 See Mrs. Duff for poem approval prior to

memorizing. You may use a poem you choose yourself
or one of the poems from the poetry folder chosen
by Mrs. Duff.

 Write your poem in your own handwriting and draw

an illustration to go with it.

 You should practice at home with a parent or friend

until it is in long-term memory.

 Recite your poem in front of the class. Be prepared

to state the poem title, the author, and recite the
full poem with fluency and expression.
Hawks Challenge #10- Multicultural Art

 Complete a Multicultural art project and present it

to the class with information about the culture.
*Some examples might include: an African Mask, a
Japanese fan, an Australian Didgeridoo, a Chilean
Rain stick, etc. There are lots of ideas. Search
“Multicultural Art Project for Kids” on the Internet.

 You should be able to find the location of the

country on a map when you present it to the class.

 You will write a paragraph about the project. What

country does it come from? What does it
symbolize? Why is it important to that culture?
The paragraph must be typed, include a title, your
name, the date, and the paragraph must be 5+
sentences long with a topic sentence.

 Present your project to the class.

*Note: You may not repeat an art project we have done

in class.
Hawks Challenge #11- Musical Instrument

 Play a musical instrument for the class (a piano can

be provided at school). A music stand can be
provided for other instruments. Parents are
welcome to attend.

 It must be an instrument that you have studied

formally with a teacher for 6 months or more,
with weekly lessons and practice expected.

 The piece must be 90 seconds or longer.

 Write or type a paragraph about the composer. If

you cannot find information about your composer on
the Internet, please pick a famous composer such as
Mozart or Beethoven. Paragraph must be typed,
include a title, your name and the date. It must be 5
sentences or more and be edited for spelling,
punctuation and grammar. Be prepared to present it
to the class.
Hawks Challenge #12- Run a 5K

 Register for and run a 5K.

 Research the purpose of the 5K and where your

registration fee goes. Is it supporting a charity or
community group?

 Type a paragraph explaining the 5K. Why did you

choose this one? What do the fees support? Was it
hard or easy? Did you do it with your family or
friends? Tell about the location and course and your
experience. The paragraph must have a title, your
name, the date, and have 5 sentences or more.

 Present Mrs. Duff with a picture of you at the race

and your time.

 Best work is expected. Be prepared to talk about it

in class.
Hawks Challenge #13- Nature Journal

 Make a homemade nature journal. A nature journal

is a book of entries about things you observe and
study in nature (trees, flowers, plants, birds or
other animals in their natural habitats). These
observations can take place in parks, on hikes in the
mountains and around your neighborhood or places
you travel with your family (Utah’s national and state
parks are great places to study nature!).

 Your journal should have a cover and back, with a

title and your name on the front. It can be bound
with staples, yarn, or a stick. It should include at
least 10 handwritten entries with drawings and
artifacts. Each entry should provide information
about what you observed, where you observed it and
the date. If you need supplies, please ask Mrs. Duff.

 Please see Mrs. Duff for examples and expectations

before you begin.
Hawks Challenge #14- Random Acts of

 Complete 3 Random Acts of Kindness and write a

paragraph about your experience.

 Your acts of kindness must take place outside of

school or home. Examples include leaving flowers for
a neighbor or shoveling snow from a neighbor’s
sidewalk, bringing in someone’s trash/recycling cans,
opening the door for a stranger at the grocery store,
helping a friend with a chore, etc. There are LOTS
of ideas out there.

 The paragraph must have a title, date and your name.

It should include 5 or more complete sentences and
neat handwriting or can be typed. Talk about what
you did, where you did it and how it made you feel.
Your paragraph must include a definition of the word
“altruism” and how it applies to your random acts of
kindness. Your paragraph must include an
explanation of why Random Acts of Kindness are
important in our world.

 Draw a picture showing what you did.

Hawks Challenge #15- Utah Museum Visit

 Visit one of these Utah museums: Utah Museum of

Fine Arts, Utah Museum of Natural History, The
Leonardo in SLC, or the Treehouse Museum in Ogden.
Museums outside of Utah can count too…. just OK
the museum with Mrs. Duff in advance.

 Take time to read, study, take notes and learn

something in the museum. The Museum of Fine Arts
has family backpacks that are helpful. You will be
asked to turn in your learning notes.

 Take a picture of your activities at the museum.

 Write one paragraph about something new you

learned at the museum. Paragraph must have a title,
date and your name. You should identify the museum
you visited. It should have 5 or more complete
sentences, edited for spelling, punctuation and
grammar. I should be able to understand what you
studied and learned. Please submit best effort and
Hawks Challenge #16- Multicultural
Children’s Game

 Research a children's game from another culture.

 Present the game to the class and teach us how to


 You should be able to tell us where the game came

from and find the location on a map.

 You will write a paragraph about the culture and

game. What country does it come from? Describe
the culture and the games children play there. The
paragraph must be typed, include a title, your name,
the date, and the paragraph must be 5+ sentences
long. Best work is expected.
Hawks Challenge #17- Memorize the Map
of the United States

 You will practice writing in the names of all the

states on a map at home. You are welcome to use
one of Mrs. Duff’s laminated states or use online
games or other practice activities.

 When you are ready to be tested, let Mrs. Duff

know. I will give you a blank map of the U.S. and you
must fill in all the states. A list of the states will be

 All states must be spelled correctly (you have a list

to look at!)

 The map must be completed within 30 minutes.

 The map must be 100% correct for credit.

 You may test as many times as you need to pass.

Hawks Challenge #18- Bones of the Body

 Have a parent or friend trace the outline of your

body on a large piece of paper (Mrs. Duff will
 Draw the human skeleton inside the outline.
 Label all the major bones of the human body on your
 Give your diagram a title. Put your name and the
date on it.
 All writing should be large and legible. Please use
sharpie to outline everything and label.
Hawks Challenge #19- Science/STEM

 Complete a science experiment or demonstration

project from Science

 Create a poster presenting your procedures and


 Poster must include:

*Title, your name and date
*Science Question being explored
*Step by Step List of procedures
*Photos of you completing experiment
*a paragraph of results (what did you find, what
did you learn, why this interested you, anything
surprising that happened, what you would like to
do next). Paragraph should be best writing,
checked for spelling, punctuation, grammar,
5+ sentences.
Hawks Challenge #20- Lego Literacy

 Read a chapter book of your choice.This may not be

a book report book. You must read an additional

 Use Legos to build your favorite scene from the

book. The scene should depict the setting,
characters and plot. It must have a minimum of 3
Lego structures. Create a backdrop out of paper,
cardboard or a shoebox to enhance your scene.

 Write a paragraph (7+ Sentences) summarizing your

book. Please include the title, author, and beginning,
middle and end. Include a description of your Lego
scene and what is happening in it. Please use best
writing. Edit for spelling, punctuation, and grammar.
You may write or type the paragraph.

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