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the e-Tutor Way
This summer we have
been focusing on Mathematics. When we think of Math....we often
think it separate from subjects like Algebra and Geometry. In
the e-Tutor program these and other subjects are included in the
general Mathematics curricular area. Below are the Math subjects
with the objectives for each lesson
module in the particular subject.
Students will be able to perform the computations of addition,
subtraction, multiplication, and division using whole numbers,
integers, fractions, and decimals.
- Read, write and name numbers in
several different ways.
- Perform operations with numbers
with and without a calculator.
- Translate word problem
situations to mathematical expressions or sentences and solve.
- Order numbers.
- Apply computational and
problem-solving skills to common life situations.
Students will be able to understand and use ratios and
- Interpret ratios.
- Construct and solve
- Apply ratios and proportions in
- Interpret percents in various
- Apply percents in real-life
Students will be able to make and use measurements, including
those of area and volume.
- Measure in a variety of
contexts using appropriate units.
- Estimate measurements.
- Relate lengths, areas, and
volumes in common geometric figures.
- Convert measurements within one
system and from one system to another.
- Apply selected measurement
systems, instruments and techniques.
Students will be able to identify, analyze and solve problems
using algebraic equations, inequalities, functions and their graphs.
- Describe general patterns with
expressions, equations, or inequalities.
- Solve simple equations and
inequalities and interpret the solutions.
- Translate verbal descriptions
into algebraic expressions, equations, or inequalities and vice
- Evaluate, solve, and apply
formulas with and without calculators.
- Perform operations with
Students will be able to understand and apply geometric concepts
and relations in a variety of forms.
- Understand simple geometric
figures and patterns of relationships in two and three dimensions.
- Apply symmetry and
- Apply the concepts or
congruence and similarity.
- Apply formulas and construct
arguments and proofs to solve geometric problems.
- Define common geometric figures
and use deductive reasoning to relate properties of those figures.
Students will be able to understand and use methods of data
collections and analysis, including tables, charts and comparisons.
- Interpret data from an
- Interpret tables, graphs,
charts, arrays, schedules, experiments, and surveys reported in
- Construct tables and graphs to
indicate selected trends or relationships.
- Understand commonly used
- Design and conduct an
experiment or survey using sampling.
Students will be able to use mathematics skills to estimate,
approximate, and predict and to judge reasonableness of results.
- Round numbers.
- Estimate present and future
values from graphs or numerical information.
- Apply intervals as estimates.
- Apply problem-solving
procedures to solve or suggest a solution to a given problem.
- Use mental arithmetic to
estimate results of computations.
Thirty new lessons
were added to e-Tutor again this month.
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Written and Illustrated by Graeme
For Grades 1 and up
|Animalia, by celebrated children's author and illustrator Graeme Base, is an exciting new spin on the classic alphabet book. Base begins this fantastic journey with a gentle challenge to the reader:
Within the pages of this book
You may find, if you look
Beyond the spell of written words,
A hidden land of beasts and birds.
For many things are 'of a kind'
And those with the keenest eyes will find
A thousand things, or maybe more-
It's up to you to keep the score!
Each page is jam-packed with elaborate images that support Base's alliteration prose. The page of "Beautiful blue butterflies, basking by a bubbling brook", of course displays all those things, but upon closer inspection of the background you discover a beetle with a bumble bee, a bear wearing a bonnet, and a baboon playing a bassoon. Even within the wings of the butterflies themselves are the subtle impressions of a backgammon board, a blanket, a bike and much more. Animalia may only be 26 pages long, but it offers hours and hours of visual adventure for parent, child, and any age in
Beginning is halfway to winning.
The ABC's of Life
This month I had an
opportunity to stay at the home of a friend. She had this in a
windowsill over her sink. It was something I read over and over as
I cleaned up. You might find it as thought provoking as I have.
Your Blessings Dream
no one imagine
your mind pack
for peace zealously
support a worthy cause
R. Stewart 2005
life a mission, not an intermission.
Using Summer Break To
Summer can often be a void
of intellectual grown. Researchers have found that over a course
of a normal summer, children lose about one month of their previous
year's studies. In other words, without intellectual
stimulation, the mind is dulled. However, children do not have
to lose academic skills during the summer. Instead the summer
months can be used to increase academic skills.
Traveling. Have your
child participate in the planning. How many miles from home
will you be traveling? What states lie between your home
state and your final destination. Older children can plot
They can compile a list of attractions that
lie between home and the final destination.
child can count the number of days of summer vacation or the
number of days before visitors arrive. It can be exciting to
count backwards while awaiting an upcoming event. Add seven
to today's date to determine what date it will be next week.
Count by multiples of 7. Older children can learn about
fractions. (If every day is one-seventh of a week, 3 and 3/7th
weeks equal how many days?)
Lists. What does
the child need to pack? A more detailed list can be created
by older children, ie., "green shirt," "four pairs
of socks," noting that 'shirt' and 'socks' are nouns and
'green' and 'white' are adjectives.
questions like, "Which part did you like best? During
which part did you feel happy? During which part did you
feel frightened?" Older students can answer questions
such as, "Who were the main characters? How believable
was the plot? Was there a lesson learned?"
the shadow of a short object, such as a cereal box.
students might measure the shadow of a tall bush or a tree.
Begin early in the morning and record the length of the shadow and
the time of the measurement. Every hour or so, measure
again. Notice how the shadow increases or decreases in
children can draw a picture illustrating the day's activities or
interesting new sights. Older children can write a few
sentences or paragraphs recording events, thoughts and questions
as they arise.
the anticipated number of hours before the time of departure to an
outing, trip or a visit. Or, calculate the number of minutes
or even the number of seconds! Have your child record the
time of various events.
Ask questions like, "If you eat one breakfast every day, how
many breakfasts will you eat in three days? In six days? If
each of us is wearing two shoes how many shoes are on all of our
feet? Older children can solve puzzlers involving miles per
hour. "If we are traveling 55 miles per hour, how far
will we travel in one hour? In an hour and a half?
When children include
learning skills with their summer activities, they begin to experience
the fun of learning! There is no need for our children to lose a
month of skills this summer.
Adapted from Boulder
Einsteinís Three Rules Of Work:
||1. Out of clutter, find simplicity.
2. From discord, find harmony.
3. In the middle of difficulty lies
Adapted from The Pryor
Experts say that you need only 30 minutes to
plan your week. How to do it? Follow the OATS formula:
O. Objectives. What results do
you want to see by the end of the week? Write them down, then rank
A. Activities. What do you have
to do to achieve your objectives? List the necessary activities and
put them in sequence.
T. Time. How much time will each
activity require? To plan realistically, allow yourself more time
than you think you will actually need. This gives you flexibility if
unexpected problems develop.
S. Schedule. Look at your
calendar and decide when you can perform each activity. Most people
underestimate the power of a schedule, but you wonít get anything
accomplished if you donít schedule the time to do it.
No one tests a river with both feet.
A Good Summer Read:
Preparing for the SAT and ACT
Picture yourself sprawled
in a hammock, book in hand. Can you really prepare for the
college admission tests like this? Yes!
The College Board doesn't
recommend specific literature. Reading passages on the test are evenly
divided among the humanities, social science, natural science and
literary fiction and so, reading widely is good preparation for the
SAT. Particular works of literature, such as authors, time
periods and comparisons are not part of the test. The one-hour
exam merely tests one's ability to read and comprehend English
literature. The SAT II literature test, includes an equal amount
of prose and poetry in addition to some drama, all ranging from
pre-18th Century to current-day literature.
The Princeton Review
suggests reading these books before taking the SAT or ACT.
A Man in Full,
A Prayer for Owen
Meaney, John Irving
Sea, Derek Lundy
House of the
Spirits, Isabelle Allende
Jitterbug Perfume, Tom
Antarctica: Tales of a Long-Distance Swimmer, Lynne Cox
Thank You for
Smoking, Christopher Buckley
The Bell Jar,
The Chosen, Chaim
Tale, Margaret Atwood
The Joy Luck
Club, Amy Tan
Storm, Sebastian Junger
Again, Jack Finney
Courage, Stephen Ambrose
Adapted from Next Step
A Strong Body
Helps Build a Strong Mind
is important to me and I try to walk every day, as well as use my free
weights while watching the news. While I enjoy walking with a neighbor, most of
my friends enjoy the companionship they find at a community center or
sports facility. If you are considering joining a health club of some
sort, here are some tips:
Pick one close to home. If you have to
drive more than 20 minutes to exercise, the time cost will be too
high, and you will end up not going.
Purchase a family membership. That way,
you can take the kids, too. Many clubs have a childrenís play area
that they can use while you step on the StairMaster or make the rounds
of the Nautilus machines.
sure the club has a swimming pool. Children love to swim, and
thereís nothing better than having the whole family around the pool
on a hot day. In the summer months, pack a picnic dinner and take the
kids for a twilight swim....a cool way to cool off.
Ask other members if the club is
"kid friendly." Some clubs are havens for the social set who
believe that kids should be seen and not heard. You want to join a
club where kids are welcome.
Finally, if a club is beyond your
budget, use municipal facilities. Many towns and cities have a public
pool and parks with fantastic facilities. Use them.....after all, you
are paying for their upkeep, too.
||Encourage your children to
join a community youth group
||Visit the library with your
||Get your child a library card.
It is a great gift
||Check telephone listings for
agencies and community groups that offer free parent and
child materials. Donít forget to check the Internet for
||Take advantage of public
||Take nature hikes
||Visit museums, zoos, and parks
||Take your child to plays and
||When traveling with your
children in a car or bus, discuss the sights you see along
He who wants the rose must respect the thorn.
Jaunty July Links:
FBI Kids Page: There are two
sections on this site. One is for grades K-5 and is set up in a
Field trip format. Fairly extensive overview of fingerprinting,
DNA and ends with a cross word puzzle review. The second
section, for 6-12 students, follows various cases through a variety of
scenarios. Special Agent Challenge requires answering factual
questions about the FBI. Working dogs describe jobs dogs play in
bomb sniffing, etc. There are games as well. http://www.fbi.gov/fbikids.htm
Chesapeake and Coastal Bay Life:
This site produced with the Maryland Department of Natural Resources
includes broad topical headings such as: Restoration and Protection,
Bay Grasses, Harmful Algae, Bay Monitoring, Bay Life Guide and Bay
education. Dropdown menus for each topic may lead to programs,
scientific descriptions, drawings, photos and more. Within the
articles, hyperlinks exist to a glossary of scientific terms. Cool stuff, kid friendly and meaningful to more than a Maryland
My Life As An Elk: In this
interactive game the user takes on the identity of a newborn elk calf
and has many adventures. In each adventure the user must decide
what to do. Users learn about the life cycle of the Rocky
Mountain elk as well as about choices and consequences. For
younger students. Requires Flash. Sound can be turned off.
Plagiarism Workshop: This lesson
on plagiarism is designed to give high school students an introduction
to the issue of plagiarism, an overview of copyright laws and fair-use
provisions and a demonstration of the use of paraphrasing and quoting
as methods of avoiding it. Accessing a wide variety of the
Internet sites on plagiarism and copyright, the focus of this workshop
is to encourage students to empathize with artists and authors whose
work is "stolen" when it is plagiarized.
Animaland.org: Provided as a
public service by ASPCA, this colorful Web site is designed to serve
as a source of information about pets and other animals for young
people. The site is divided into several main areas, including
pet care, animal encyclopedia, book recommendations, career info,
current issues, humane education and "Ask Azula"....where young
people can write in with their questions about animals.
Nation Master: The Nation Master
is an excellent resource for finding out any number of current details
about just about any country in the world. For easy reference,
the main Web page features the most frequently requested stats, such
as televisions and military expenditures per capita. Nation
Master also allows visitors the option of creating their own graphs in
order to effectively compare different nations. The site also
has links to national profiles. Additionally, the site has a
search engine, and a place where visitors can read short facts on the
different countries. Apart from being interesting to browse
through, the site will be helpful to students looking for basic
statistics on the world's different countries.
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