Scientific Method Charts for K-2

Smart Start Science is a new and engaging series of Low-Prep, Hands-On experiments, and activities designed for K-2 students. This specific pack, “Scientific Method Anchor Charts” includes six posters displaying the parts of the scientific method. Both color and black and white are provided.

 

Scientific Method Posters
-Ask a Question “What is something you want to know?”
-Research “Find information about your question.”
-Hypothesis “Take your best guess to answer the question.”
-Test your Hypothesis “Experiment with and test your hypothesis.
-Analyze Results “Organize your data to see what it means.”
-Report “Share your data with other scientists.”

Black and White versions are provided as well.  These can be used as coloring pages, or printed onto colored paper for classroom displays.  These would be fantastic when printed smaller to make flashcards to small booklets for children to take home.

 

Smart Start Science: Scientific Method Anchor Charts

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Kindergarten Science Curriculum

 
If there is one thing I’ve learned in my 9 years of homeschooling it’s that Science doesn’t have to be daunting….it really doesn’t!  That is why I’m thrilled to announce the release of a brand new series called, “Smart Start Science.”
Smart Start Science
Experiments for St. Patrick’s Day
Smart Start Science is a new and engaging series of Low-Prep, Hands-On experiments and activities designed for K-2 students. This specific pack, “Experiments for St. Patrick’s Day” includes five complete experiments and follow up activities that are sure to add a little color to your classroom.
St. Patrick’s Day Experiments:
-Cultivating Clovers (Plant & Life Cycle)
-Traveling Rainbow (Capilary Action & Color Mixing)
-How Much Gold Can One Boat Hold (Engineering & Data Graphing)
-Lucky Scoop (Prediction, Graphing and Data Analysis)
-Super Shiny Coins (Chemical Mixing & Reactions)
Experiment #1: Cultivating Clovers
Students plant their own pot of clovers, track growth and learn the plant life-cycle.
Experiment #2: The Traveling Rainbow
With this super simple experiment children learn about capillary action and color mixing.
Experiment #3
 Students build three different boats and put them to the test.
The boat that holds the most gold wins!
Experiment # 4: Super Shiny Gold
Leprechauns want their gold super shiny and this experiment will lead students through a test to see which chemicals will react together to make the perfect cleaning solution.
Experiment #5: Lucky Scoop
Students estimate and graph how many lucky marshmallows they find in their scoop!
Smart Start Science Curriculum Overview:

For each experiment you’ll be provided with the following teaching resources:

Experiment Overview & Steps:
This sheet features a full color photo example of the experiment, skills in focus, materials list and step by step instructions for completing the experiment.

Pre-Experiment Journal Page:
Students gather materials, form questions and develop a hypothesis.

Data & Conclusion Journal Page:
Students track their data or draw their procedure and write in their final conclusion.

Follow Up Activity:
Each experiment includes a unique activity to follow up the experiment. Many are hands-on, fun and relatable projects, games or handouts for students to try at home.

BONUS Appendix:
6 Full Color Charts outlining the Scientific Method
6 Black and White Coloring Pages of the Scientific Method

Experiments for St. Patrick’s Day
ENTER TO WIN!
We’re giving away 5 copies to 5 lucky winners!
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Pine Cone Science Printables

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With Fall right around the corner, I’ve been trying to come up with as many hands on science printables as possible! One thing there always seems to be an abundance of around our property is pine cones.  Pine Cones can be great learning tools in your classroom.

Pine Cone Science Printables  This set includes a Cut and Paste Worksheet, Chart and Blank Labeling Sheet, Notebooking and Coloring Page.  The pine cone clipart is also available for those of you who like to ake your own teaching resources, just be sure to read our terms of use first.

Learning Ideas: Start with a nature walk to collect pine cones, then take them back into the classroom.  Submerge pinecones in water to watch them close up.  Extract seeds from pine cones and then break open to look inside.

More Botany Printables

More Science Printables

 

 

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Parts of a Leaf Printables

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It’s Fall.

Well, almost.

It sure feels like Fall here in Southern Oregon.

The rain is back, and the trees are starting to turn colors.

It’s been an much needed break from the 105 degree weather, and the smoky fire skies.

Fall is a great time to involve children with hands on science projects.

Today I have a fun set of printables you can use to study those beautiful Fall Leaves!

Parts of a Leaf Science Printables

This set includes a parts of a leaf chart and labeling worksheet, cut and paste activity page, coloring page & notebooking page.  Plus you can even grab the clipart to design your own Fall leaf resources for your students.

Looking for more??

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Find Fall Leaf Art Projects Here

Find Fall Leaf Printables Here

There are just so many changes going on in nature that children can really get excited about science discovery.

I’ve been featuring many hands on science projects and art projects on our Facebook page and Pinterest so be sure to follow along if you don’t already.

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Parts of an Apple Printables

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With Fall on the horizon I thought it would be a great time to start working on some Apple resources. Going apple picking has been a favorite activity for our family, and it provides wonderful opportunities for real life learning with some impromptu discussions.

Conversations at the apple farm stem from varieties of apples, tree grafting, cross pollination, bee populations, parts of an apple and so much more.

Today I drew up some simple worksheets and activities you can use with young children to learn the parts of an apple.  There are charts, notebooking pages, coloring pages, labeling worksheets and even a cut and paste activity.   Use these alongside a real apple that has been cross sectioned in half.

Parts of an Apple Printables are available free at our sister site HomeschoolClipart.com, where you can also download the apple clipart to make your own teaching resources!

Find Parts of a Flower Printables & Clipart

Find Parts of a Seed Printables & Clipart

Find Apple Printables and Games

Adam & Eve Bible Printables

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Free Homeschool Science Printables

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With the release of our latest eBook, I thought it might be helpful to post a round up of some of our most popular Homeschool Science Printables and resources!

Free Science Printables & Resources:

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Periodic Table of the Elements Activity Pack

Sample Pages & Photos of Games & Resources

This activity pack includes the following resources:

Reproducible Charts:

  • Full Color Periodic Table Chart (8.5 x 11)
  • B&W Periodic Table Chart (8.5 x 11)
  • A3 Size Color Periodic Table Chart (11 x 17)
  • A3 Size BW Periodic Table Chart (11 x 17)

Printable Cards and Games:

  • Element Letter Tiles
  • Element Fact Cards
  • Element Boggle Gameboard
  • 8 different Element Bingo Cards
  • 8 Element Bingo Cards with Symbols Only

Worksheets:

  • Fill in the Blank Symbols Worksheet
  • Fill in the Name /Atomic Mass/Number Worksheet
  • Blank Periodic Table in Color
  • Blank Periodic Table in B&W
  • Symbol Stumper Worksheet

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Human Heart Worksheets

Heart Anatomy Printables

 

I’ve just created some fantastic resources for learning about the human heart.

On our sister site HomeschoolClipart.com you’ll find a set that includes a human heart coloring page, worksheet, labeling sheet and reference chart just right for young children learning human anatomy.  Click Here

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Find More Free Human Anatomy Projects & Printables Here

 

 

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Brain & Neuron Coloring Pages

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Learning about the nervous system can be fascinating for children of all ages!

Brain Coloring, Worksheets, & Clip art

Neuron Coloring, Worksheets & Clip art

 

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Brain & Neuron Projects for Kids

 

Brain & Nervous System Books for KidsIn Brainiacs, Merrin and Pearl venture in to the nervous system when their favorite teacher, Ms. Anderson, spills hot tea on her leg. On the way to her brain to examine how she’ll react, Merrin and Pearl ride a nerve impulse, bounce among dendrites, explore the brain’s gray matter, and so much more. In the end, they not only learn how messages are communicated between the brain and the body, but they also get a firsthand lesson on the functions of the nervous system.

 


 

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Cell Coloring Page

Cell Coloring Page

Okay, I’ll be honest here……I can barely remember all the parts of a cell.

I have to Rap the parts or I will completely forget what each part is called and what they do.

But enough about my memory problems…..

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Here are two amazing coloring pages for you!

Animal Cell Coloring Page

Plant Cell Coloring Page

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Both can be printed free from HomeschoolClipart.com

You can even grab the clip art and make a custom coloring page for your students.

Awesome right?

 

Anatomy

If you’re really wanting to drive home the point, you could check out these awesome

4D Anatomy models by Famemaster, these would look awesome on a shelf in your classroom and you could pull them down for a quick review.

 

Or you could replay the Rap song like me.

 

 

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Owl Pellet Lab Printables

OwlPelletPinLearning about owls is great fun, especially when it comes to learning about food. They will swallow their food whole, bones, fur and all and then later puke up the undigested goodies in small little “owl pellets.”

Materials:


Suggest Resources for a Unit Study:

OwlPelletOwl pellet dissection is an exciting part of connecting your students to nature.At about $3 per student for all the material and resources, owl pellets make a great selection for bringing cost-effective nature learning into the classroom. Students become consumed by what they discover and the fun begins. Click here to learn more


Art Project Tutorial:

Owl Pellet Lab Book

Print up this free owl pellet lab book before dissection.

Step 1

Assemble your minibook, you'll need one for each child. Be sure to take a peek inside the booklet as children are asked to make a prediction beforehand.

Step 2

In your kit you should find some owl pellet and more details about the type of owl it came from. You may even have a chart with illustrations

Step 3

Remove your owl pellet from your kit and observe the outside. Draw a picture of it on the corresponding page in your book.

Step 4

Begin to take detailed measurements, following the prompts in your book. Measure how long and how wide, what it feels like, and your thoughts about it.

Step 5

Start separating your bones from the feathers and fur. Keep track of any you find interesting or different.

Step 6

Once you have all your bones, clean your area of any debri, and try to identify the

Step 7

See if you can start to piece together the bones to form an animal. Look at the shapes of the skull and the different bones to take a guess as to what it might be.

Step 8

When you've put together the bones tagboard or foam sheet. different parts with white

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Landform Diorama Craft

LandformPinMany children are visual learners and the use of models is a great way to introduce important information. Use this fun model of the earths layers to learn all about the different components of our wonderful world!

Materials:

Empty Cardboard Box
Green Construction Paper
Play Dough, Sandpaper, Paint, Moss
Labels w/Marker

 


Suggest Resources for a Unit Study:

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Art Project Tutorial:

Step 1

Lay down some green construction paper in your empty box. You can paint the bottom as well.

Step 2

Use your play dough to make a mountain

Step 3

Using your fingers press into the mountain down the side to make a groove

Step 4

Paint the top of the mountain white

Step 5

Use light blue to show the melted snow trickling down the mountain sid

Step 6

Pinch together the sides of your mountain around the groove so that the trickle looks more inside.

Step 7

Draw out our stream and turn it into a river, then the ocean. Add in a couple of playdough hills.

Step 8

Find some moss to make your forests and glue them in the box near your mountain.

Step 9

Here's what we have so far.

Step 10

Use some more playdough to make an island in the middle of your ocean.

Step 11

Use sandpaper to make a bit of desert in the corner. Our paper is white so we painted it tan.

Step 12

Glue it in the corner and brush a little dry ground around it.

Step 13

Get out some sticky labels and write the names of the different landforms you created.

Step 14

Put your diorama on display! These were done for my KG and 2nd grader, but older children can certainly add in many more landforms.

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Bird Nest Craft for Kids

BirdNestPinThese little yarn nests make a great craft for Spring. Build your nest a day ahead of time for the glue to dry. And have scrambled eggs for
breakfast so you don’t waste the food! Inspiration for this craft came from No Time for Flashcards a wonderful resource for children’s
crafts and activities

Materials:

Yarn, Glue, Balloon, Eggs, Toothpick, Blue Paint

 


Suggest Resources for a Unit Study:

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Art Project Tutorial:

Step 1

Build Your Nest: Since we learned in the book above that robin's use mud to help their nest stick together, we mixed glue with some brown paint to make our mud.

Step 2

Blow up your balloon, and place into a bowl. The larger the balloon, the larger the nest.....just remember it takes more yarn, more glue, and more time to make big nests. Begin by dipping your pieces of yarn into the "mud" and layering them on the balloon.

Step 3

Get the yarn nice and "muddy" to ensure that it will stick together. You don't want large piles or a bunch of yard that isn't glued on. Set this on a counter to dry at least overnight. Ours was large for two days.

Step 4

While your nest is drying, you can get started on the robin's eggs. To do this you can use your toothpick and poke a hole at either end of the egg. hole, and blow out the egg into a dish.

Step 5

Mix your paint to make robin's egg blue. We used Crayola Washable paints. We mixed together blue, green and white and came up with a very pretty color for the eggs.

Step 6

Use your paintbrush to paint the eggs. Don't worry about the holes, just paint over them, and set your eggs in a carton to dry.

All Done

After your nest is dry, pop the balloon and remove it carefully from the nest. Place your eggs inside, and keep this on your table for spring!

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Scientific Method Printables

ScientificMethodSmallUse our printables to teach children the Scientific Method. You can print the chart and laminate it to hang in you classroom, or cut out the strips for children to practice putting them in order. Great review for children learning to take the necessary steps when preforming an experiment.

Suggested Resources:


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This fun, sceience-themed bulletin board set includes: — 9 posters (12″ x 17″ each) that reinforce the steps of the scientific method. Also includes a poster (12″ x 17″) that listsall of the steps Click Here


 

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A printable chart you can hang in your classroom, or give to children to keep in their science notebooks. Additionally, you can cut an extra copy into sequencing strips to aid children in remembering the steps.

 

 

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A simple step by step worksheet featuring the scientific method. This is great for review, or even beginning to explain the process to children.

 

 

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Scientific Method Worksheets

I made these to use with my children as we learn to put the Scientific Method into action. This is a set of 6 steps, that will take children through the process of asking a question, forming a hypothesis, testing with variables, recording, interpreting and reporting information

Step 1: Ask a Question
Step 2: Research Topic
Step 3: State your Hypothesis
Step 4: Test your Hypothesis
Step 5: Analyze your Results
Step 6: Report Your Results

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Pumpkin Preschool Printables

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Fall is a great time to provide children with some hands on learning fun!

Learning about pumpkins covers multiple science requirements and it’s easy to sneak in a little language and math as well.

Find Free Pumpkin Printables at PreschoolMom.com to build your thematic pumpkin unit study!

Find Christian Pumpkin Crafts at Christian Preschool Printables

Find Pumpkin Bible Verse Cards at Bible Story Printables

Find Pumpkin Learning Centers at File Folder Fun

Pumpkin & Gourds Photo Matching Game

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Apologia Fever Baby!

So over Christmas break we made a semi-BIG curriculum change.

We completely swapped out our science curriculum
(previously: Truth in Science) for Apologia Science.

Now, don’t get me wrong here,
I still love Truth in Science.
I am so very fond of the Christ centered worldview presented throughout the program.
There was really nothing wrong with the program.
We had lots of fun learning about animal classification,
plants and trees. But…


We just have been so taken with notebooking lately.
We found ourselves straying a bit from our Science lessons and
creating our own notebook adventures.

So, I finally made the call to switch over to Apologia Science
which has pre-bound notebooking elements available.

Oh Happy Day.

This is our very first Apologia product.
(can you believe that?)

And while I always find that I am in LOVE with every curriculum that I purchase
(at least for the first half of the year *snicker*)
I’m really thinking that Apologia is going to make it the Long Term at our house.

There is just no substitute for pre-planned daily lessons,

pre-bound spiral notebooks,

LAPBOOKING elements,

and multi-level accommodations.

And no, this is not a review for Apologia,
just sharing the excitement over a new addition to our classroom.

(Though if you’re looking for a great price on Apologia products,
do check out our sponsors, Hearts at Home Curriculum!
They offer 30% Apologia EVERYDAY!
)

Anyway, I love that more and more curriculum publishers
are incorporating multi-level teaching options and notebooking supplements,
it makes it so much easier for us homeschool moms!

Isn’t it fun making mid-year changes?

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Fungus….Ewwwwwe!

Even though we’re mid Fall,
recently I’ve been noticing lots of different colors pop up in the yard.

So today,
as crisp and cold as it was,
we donned our hats and gloves,
and headed outside for a small nature walk.

We brought cameras, a small rubbermaid bucket
and we quickly captured Fall life all around us.
They were all so pretty that we spent all our camera batteries just taking photgraphs!

Some Fall FUNgus for you:

You can imagine how excited the children were as they found each new specimen.

We immediately took off for the library and found this wonderful book
called, Mushrooms of North America and it was filled with beautiful photographs
and information about each different kind of mushroom.

Over the next week, we will be notebooking in our journals about the variety of fungus in our area.

How fun that we can just step outside and marvel at God’s creation.
So glad we got Math worked out so we can have some more days like today!


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What’s That Bug? Notebooking Printables


So if you’ve been following us on Facebook this Summer,
you’ve been treated to a plethora of animal and bug photos.

We’ve been visited by many NEW and interesting creatures this Summer,
and most of them we’ve needed help in identifying.

As handy as the internet it, sometimes it’s hard to look up a bug by description.
We use these sites quite often, they are the best we’ve found:

What’s That Bug
What Bird
Animal Track Guide
Printable Animal Track Identification Guide
Another Printable Animal Track Chart

But, we have come to realize that’s it’s much more efficient to simply post the photo to Facebook.
Within a few minutes we have gotten some very interesting and often accurate identifications.

It’s gotten to the point that directly after we catch a new critter,
my son says, “Post that to facebook so we can find out what it is!”
So I must say a BIG Thank you wise Facebook Followers for all your help!

You have made my job as Mommy/Biologist so much easier.

Just to prove I’m thankful, I whipped you all up a few identification printables.

What’s That? Notebooking Printables

There is a sheet for Bugs, Birds, and Animals.
These would be great to have on hand as your children come to you with their backyard discoveries!
I’m a big supporter of impromptu research sessions, and these will help guide young children through the identification process.

It’s Child-led learning at it’s finest.
I’m convinced that this is one of the best, easiest, and longest lasting styles of teaching.
You simply capitalize on their excitement,
and milk it for every educational drop you can get out of it.

So next time your little kiddos come to you with something crazy looking like this:

or this…

or even one of these…

Stop what you’re doing and take them on a learning adventure!
They will love you for it!

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In which I spill my Dirt….

Literally.

I am spilling dirt everywhere.

Or…more accurately: Future dirt.

Cause it’s not really dirt yet.

It’s grass.

And leaves.

And some of this stuff.
(cause I’m just a beginner)

And water.

Good dirt takes time.

So we’ll wait

Please pray that I don’t end up with the smelly horse sludge!

Do you compost? Got any tips -or- Smelly horse sludge stories?


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Science Activities: The Brain!!

We’re continuing on with our Human Anatomy science lessons.
If you haven’t already seen our activities for SKIN you can check out this post here.

These past couple of weeks we’ve been learning about THE BRAIN!

printable brain activities

We made these amazing brain hats from EllenjMcHenry.com

printable brain puzzle

We made our own brain puzzle to learn about the different lobes of the brain.

human anatomy crafts and activities

We made our own Electric Neurons

spinal cord craft for kids

And I made the kids an Egg Carton Spinal Cord to use as a visual,
As well as a variety of printable games and activities and charts:

label the brain game

human body printables

nervous system printables

jello brain mold

I even ordered a Brain Mold so we can make our own Jello brain!!

How fun will that be!

As usual I’ve posted all the files and photo tutorials for these activities on our main site,
You can find all our Brain/Nervous System crafts here.

And if you want to follow along with our Human Anatomy studies,
I’ll be posting links to each unit from this main page here.

UP Next: The EYE!!!

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Pssst: Did you see that Maureen from Spell Outloud is also teaching on Human Anatomy…..Lots of amazing science resources over there too, be sure to follow along!

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Science Activities: Human Body

We are officially ending our second week of school, and I never
updated my Curriculum post to share what we finally
decided on for Science.

It actually took me quite a while to decide on what to do for science.
And I still don’t know what we’ll be doing for the ENTIRE year,
but I’ve finally got a good handle on the first few weeks!

I looked a a whole bunch of curriculum, but one day I was walking through
a bookstore and I spotted this:

human body science notebooks
Children’s Human Body Encyclopedia
The price was $9. and somewhere the frugal homeschooler
in me was inspired.

I had been looking at $30-$50 curriculum
and I just couldn’t resist the under $10 appeal…
I bought two of them, one for Sissy and one for Bubba.
(This will be our first year where each child has the same text book!)

I figured we’d just go through each topic together,
reading out of the text, and I’d supplement with our
own discussions (about God’s design) and our own
crafts and activities.

Later on I found these little gems to add to our Science Curriculum:

human body crafts

My First Human Body Activity Book
(This has amazing coloring pages of body systems)

my body printables
My Body
This book has reproducible patterns you can use to make
you’re own life size human body diagram.
(I got this one as an e-book)

So using these resources we’re going to be making a Human Body Science journal!
Starting off with SKIN!!

We’ve had a blast reading all about our skin,
and the kids have been loving all the different activities we’ve been
doing alongside them. We do science two days a week,
so over the last two weeks we had quite of bit of fun things to
add to our Science Journals.

I posted all of our activities and links to what we did on our main site,
but here’s a sneak peek at a few projects:

Sunscreen Science Project

Fingerprint Art

Science Journals

Come take a second to see the rest of our skin activities!

Oh, and if you see a little blue pencil in the title of the activity,
it’s something that can be added into your science journal!

Hopefully the ideas will inspire you to make you’re own journals!
And Stay Tuned……next up is the Human Brain!!

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