Cranium Club is an educational opportunity available to all students in my classroom. It is composed of 100 educational challenges that students complete on their own time. Challenges vary in topic. There are educational challenges available in History & Geography, Mathematics, The English Language, Science, and a Miscellaneous category. Cranium Club reviews important concepts from previous years, topics in the 3rd grade curriculum, and (for a real challenge) concepts from upper elementary and Middle School too!
|The Cranium Club Wall of Challenges|
Students choose one of the 100 educational challenges. They research their responses to ensure accuracy using a computer, books, notes, etc. All challenges responses MUST be memorized. Students complete a Cranium Club challenge sheet and put it in Ms. Noble's mailbox. No resources (besides what's in your cranium!) may be used when filling out the challenge sheet. If all of the responses are correct, students earn credit for that one educational challenge.
After 15 completed challenges, students are inducted into Cranium Club. Students receive a certificate of induction, a spot on the Cranium Club Wall of Fame (forever!), and an Official Membership card, which they can show at random Cranium Club Membership reward times. Students "level up" as they complete more challenges. After successfully completing 25 challenges, for example, students become a Silver member. After 50--Gold, and so forth.
The Cranium Club Wall of Fame (You could be on this wall!)
History & Geography
1. Name the 7 continents & 4 oceans.
2. Name 15 world countries.
3. Name 15 major world cities.
4. Name 15 types of dwellings.
5. Name 10 South American or Central American countries.
6. Name 10 countries bordering the Pacific Ocean.
7. Name 10 countries in Europe.
8. Name 10 countries in Asia.
9. Name 10 countries in Africa.
10. Name 10 major bodies of water.
11. Name the 5 Great Lakes in the US.
12. Name 10 major world rivers.
13. Name 10 deserts in the world.
14. Name 10 large lakes in North America.
15. Name 10 major mountains or mountain ranges.
16. Name the 50 states.
17.* Label the names of the 50 states on a map.
18. Name the 50 state capitals.
19. Name the 13 original colonies.
20. Name 10 Native American tribes.
21.* Label 10 counties in New York State on a map.
22. Name the state symbols of New York.
23. Name 8 explorers.
24. Name 8 Civil War battlefields.
25. Name the 1st -10th US presidents (in order).
26. Name the 11th -20th US presidents (in order).
27. Name the 21st - 30th US presidents (in order).
28. Name the 31st - current US presidents (in order).
29. Name 10 ancient world rulers.
30. List the 10 amendments to the US
Constitution (aka “The Bill of Rights”)
31.* Recite the Preamble to the Constitution.
32. Name 10 Greek Gods and what they were the god/dess of.
Science & Health
33. Name 15 kinds of fish.
34. Name 15 kinds of marine creatures.
35. Name 15 mammals.
36. Name 15 vertebrate animals.
37. Name 15 desert animals.
38. Name 10 amphibians.
39. Name 10 reptiles.
40. Name 10 types of birds.
41. Name the 7 classifying groups of living creatures.
42. Name 10 rocks or minerals.
43. Draw & explain The Rock Cycle.
44. Name the 3 types of rocks and 2 examples from each.
45. Name the 3 states of matter & give an example of each.
46. Name 10 chemicals and their chemical symbols.
47. Name 10 constellations.
48. Name 10 organs in the human body.
49. Name 8 types of clouds.
50. Name 5 inventors and their inventions.
51. Name 5 human body systems.
52. Name the stages of the water cycle.
53. Name the order of the colors in the rainbow.
54.* Label the major bones of the skeleton.
55. Name the order of the planets in the Solar System.
56. Name 5 famous astronauts.
57. Name & draw the entire Lunar Cycle.
58.* Label the parts of an animal cell and a plant cell.
Language Arts &
59. Name 20 verbs.
60. Name 20 nouns that begin with “m”.
61. Name 15 adjectives.
62. Name 15 adverbs.
63. Name 15 prepositions.
64. Name 10 common nouns & 10 proper nouns.
65. Name 10 famous authors.
66. Write 9 editing marks and what they mean.
67. Give 2 examples each of alliteration, hyperbole, simile, metaphor, onomatopoeia, and personification.
68. Count to 10 in Spanish.
69. Count to 10 in French.
70. Use sign language to sign the alphabet.
71.* Score 100% on the 3rd grade 100 word spelling list.
72.* Earn 100% on a Commonly Misspelled Words spelling test.
73. Draw the lines of symmetry for the capital letters of the alphabet.
74. Compute the area of rectangles, circles, triangles, and squares.
75. Name the perfect square numbers up to 225.
76. Write the roman numerals up to 100.
77. Name 5 famous mathematicians.
78. List all of the prime numbers
between 1 and 30.
79.*Earn 100% on the area and perimeter of rectangles quiz.
80.*Earn 100% on the square roots test.
81.*Earn 100% in 4 minutes on the addition basic facts test.
82.*Earn 100% in 4 minutes on the subtraction basic facts test.
83.*Earn 100% in 4 minutes on the multiplication basic facts test.
84.*Earn 100% in 4 minutes on the division basic facts test.
85. Name 1 career for every letter of the alphabet.
86. Name 1 fruit or vegetable for every letter of the alphabet.
87. Name 1 animal for every letter of the alphabet.
88. Name the birthstones for each month.
89. Name 20 different modes of transportation.
90. Name 15 breeds of dogs.
91. Name 12 Olympic (summer or winter) events.
92. Name 10 marching band instruments.
93. Name 10 instruments in a symphony orchestra.
94. Name 10 football teams and their cities.
95. Name 10 basketball teams and their cities.
96. Name 10 baseball teams and their cities.
97. Name 10 hockey teams and their cities.
98. Choose 5 famous women and know what difference they made in the world.
99. Name all of the pieces in chess and their moves.
100. Name 8 types of currency and what country they’re used in.