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An Educational Website: e-Tutor
Navigation! Graphics! Those two things are the name of the game in Internet websites.
e-Tutor is proud of
its graphics, which appeal to a diversity of students. We use cartoons, current baseball stars, accurate diagrams of the circulatory
system and photographs of Tasmanian Devils, to name just a few. Our photos of the starry night sky show the position of Orion and the Pleiades. In the lesson
module on comets, there are actual photos of comets. For younger children, we use appealing graphic representation of tomatoes,
bunnies and clowns.
The graphics are important because they must catch -- and HOLD -- a student's interest and imagination. We choose graphics that illustrate our
lesson modules -- sometimes precisely (as in the graphics of the brain in our science lessons), sometimes whimsically (an octopus to illustrate the eight parts of speech.) Consistently, users tell us that our graphics are one of their favorite features.
The second important part of a Website is the navigation. How easy is it?
e-Tutor requires you to know two things to be able to navigate it. First, the "BACK" button does not work. When parents and teachers want their students
to use e-Tutor, a prime concern is that
students stay within that website. By NOT using the "BACK" button (and instead closing windows by clicking in the top right or left hand corner), students are kept "within"
e-Tutor. It is easy for teachers and students to
learn this and adjust to this in our website. Second, we use the "scroll" feature frequently. We want
e-Tutor to load quickly and accurately. By loading the lesson module all at
once and using the scroll feature (or clicking on
the Index), students have very little to learn in terms of navigation. Students can click on the area they want to go to ---"Study Guide", for example -- or scroll through the whole
lesson module. Either way,
e-Tutor provides an illustrative trip through education!
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In September 1787, the Constitutional
Convention ended in Philadelphia, after drafting one of the greatest
documents in history. In the agonizing debate that produced the
final draft, many proposals and suggestions fell by the wayside.
One was a motion that the country's standing army be restricted to no
more than 5,000 men.
When George Washington heard this, he
said the suggestion was fine with him, as long as there was an
amendment requiring armies invading the United States to have no more
than 3,000 men.
Bits and Pieces
respect to children and youth.
Written by Carl
Illustrated by Wendell Minor
comes first in thin splinters shimmering.
is the day here nor is the night gone.
Night is getting ready to go
Soon now, soon.
words are like a warm blanket that wraps the reader in memories of a
simpler time, when the corn stood yellow, the October sun sweetened
the crab apples, the prairie fog moon created a pearl mist on the
horizon, and the field after the harvest was a proud place to come.
Sandburg weaves the sights, sounds, and grassroots warmth of
’s heartland into a tapestry that tenderly
tells the story of the
watercolor images draw the reader into a time and place long since
gone, however, fondly remembered by those old enough to recall and
wistfully envisioned by those too young to remember.
This book provides a strong portrayal of the roots of American
life that bind us to the land and to each other.
Too much TV can actually increase
stress, says research from Rutgers University psychologist, Robert
Kubey. Using the tube for the relaxation and escape it provides might
lead to TV dependency.
Trap: As with a drug, the
medium's sought-after effects wear off. Kubey's research found
that after watching television, subjects felt more passive, were less
alert, and had trouble focusing.
A more last relaxation is reading a
book, even though it requires more concentration.
make mistakes, try not to make them again.
My Rules For Online Safety
I will not give out personal
information such as my address, telephone number, parents' work
address/telephone number or the name and location of my school without
my parents' permission.
I will tell my parents right
away if I come across any information that makes me feel
I will never agree to get
together with someone I "meet" online without first checking
with my parents. If my parents agree to the meeting, I will be
sure that it is in a public place and bring my mother or father along.
I will never send a person my
picture or anything else without first checking with my parents.
I will not respond to any
messages that are mean or in any way make me feel uncomfortable.
It is not my fault if I get a message like that. If I do I will
tell my parents right away so that they can contact the online
I will talk with my parent so
that we can set up rules for going online. We will decide upon
the time of day that I can be online, the length of time I can be
online, and appropriate areas for me to visit. I will not access
other areas or break these rules without their permission.
National Center for
Missing and Exploited Children (NCMBC)
The ability to write well
is rarely based on raw talent. Like anything of value, learning
to write well requires instruction, exploration, observation, practice
and commitment. Time-consuming, frustrating and challenging, the
art of writing well is worth the labor of learning it.
Writing, like speaking, is
pivotal to good communication....no matter what the occupational or
vocational goals. Once the writer has mastered the mechanics of
writing clearly, the writer will have control over all types of
communication. Those possibilities include expressing ideas on
paper, establishing a point of view, exploring a theory, reflecting
upon an experience or feeling, recording an event of merit, narrating
a moment of sadness or happiness or simply expanding a dream into a
The writing process begins
fairly easily. It encourages students to begin to understand
their ability to gather and organize ideas for assessment for writing
projects. The habit of gleaning ideas from daily life will help
students to think and to assess what is viable and what is
Students will benefit from
learning to collect ideas from a variety of sources. They need
to understand that to become good writers they need to assess the
ideas they have about any given topic or assignment. They have
to become familiar with what is happening in the world. They
need to practice collecting ideas and staying aware of things around
them. Most students need help understanding that ideas are
everywhere and that developing the habit of paying attention to them
will improve their writing.
Students can use an idea
journal to help them remember the events unfolding around
them. They will want to form the habit of recording what they
hear from the news, such as the details of the event and their
reaction to what happened. Once recorded, they will have some
topics they can discuss with family members for further expansion of
ideas. They can write about and expand these topics into written
expressions of their ideas.
The more comfortable they
are with finding ideas, the more willing students will be to start the
process of writing a composition or an essay or a report. It is
worth their time and effort to learn the process of being
Adapted from Strategies
for Writing Success, Kim Mitchell
I Don't Have Time to Study!
We all want our children to do well
when learning. Managing time wisely will help your student
improve learning and achievement. The following tips can be used
by your student to help get control of time.
- Keep a weekly chart to help track
- Note scheduled tests and due dates
for major assignments on your chart.
- Set daily goals.
- Break large projects down into
- Use small bits of time, about 10
minutes, to review vocabulary lists, names and dates, formulas or
- Watch out for activities that take
up a lot of your free time, but don't provide much benefit, such
as talking on the phone or watching television.
- Build time into your schedule for
Once your student has put his own time
management plan into effect, he'll be amazed at how much more he can accomplish.
He'll probably find time he didn't know he had!
Adapted from Brush Up
Your Study Skills, American Association of School Administrators
Children are the merriment
makers. With their miniature bodies they giggle and run and
roll, they bounce and move all over the place. They wiggle when
you hold them and they've got such exuberant energy that when they
enter a room you notice. They like to touch and taste
everything. And they can look you in the eye with such charming
honesty that for a second you don't know for sure what to do.
There are so many things to be tickled about. Washing those
sticky little fingers and soft little chins can bring a mile to any
Life is full of the ridiculous, and
children have a knack for seeing it everywhere. Four-year-old
Annie was the smartest little girl. An adult asked her one day,
"Do you have a boyfriend?" She looked at him; ran to
her mother's side, started laughing, and answered, "That's a
funny question." Then she giggled some more. Mom
giggle too because it was such a silly question.;
Giggling starts as a ripple and may expand
into a deep belly laugh. It's truly therapeutic, relaxing and
calming. With a little laughter you're free to enjoy the
absurd. Kids are quick to laugh, and you don't have to be a
comedian to entertain the. Little kids, especially, will laugh
at just about anything.....just give them a excuse. A silly face
or an absurd comment can elicit shrieks of delight, especially coming
Sandy took a van full of third graders
to the park. While driving down the road, the kids laughed and
waved at the passers-by. Some grouches ignored the kids, but
other folks smiled, honked their horns, and waved too; and then the
kids laughed louder. If a kid waves at you, wave back; it's a
very easy way to spread a lot of happiness around.
Never squelch those giggles. If
you find that you haven't felt giddy for a while, try talking
gibberish or singing a nonsensical tune to break the ice; the
reaction you get from your child will certainly keep the momentum
going. And if you have really forgotten how to giggle, invite a
team of thirteen-year-old girls to afternoon tea. That will
surely get things going in the giggling direction.
Wonderful Ways to Love
a Child, Judy Ford
force anyone to do anything.
Awesome August Links:
The Oregon Trail: This
website, developed to support the PBS documentary of the same name,
has lots of information for students to explore. Learn "All
About the Trail'" read excerpts from diaries and memoirs of those
who traveled the Trail, and marvel at the "Fantastic
Facts." All in all, a great site for elementary students to
Impressionism: This unit leads students through the
works of impressionist artists of France. Lessons include a look
at nine French impressionists, how their work shared common
characteristics and how they viewed the world differently.
This Nation: Created by a
political science professor, this nation is a guide for students and
the voting public, on the US Government. The online textbook
starts with an introduction "Why Government?" which
explains some of the roles the government plays in our lives.
The library links to many documents, speeches and constitutions of
other nations. Under the area marked students, you will find
some very tough self-grading quizzes. This has the easiest
method to find your elected officials.
The Last Word: Did
you ever wonder....if you did, this site is for you. Readers of
NewScientist Magazine, a weekly publication from the UK, write in with
unanswered science questions. Have you noticed brown bread toast
more quickly than white bread....several reasons are suggested.
If your children are in search of interesting science fair projects,
this may be the place to begin.
Postcards From: Although
the travels were completed in 2000, this website lists all kinds of
information about the fifty US States in a colorful, user friendly
format. Picture postcards from each state contain photographs
combined with other graphic elements to give an impression of each
state. Some information from the governors page (some of whom
are no longer in office), is not current.
Bembo's Zoo: A flashy
site (Flash plugin required) for artists and creative thinkers to just
back and watch. Turn your high school computer lab student loose
trying to figure out how they did it. Beginning animators may
get some wonderful ideas, all surrounding the basic
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