Week of March 23, 2014
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What’s another word for detective?

What does the Key tell us?
What each symbol means
How to open the door
Which direction to go

In Puppy Play Time, which block changes Pixel’s colors?
hazardous and non-hazardous
liquid and solid
solid and hazardous

Solve the Mystery

BridgeDo you enjoy a mystery? Meet the Capstone Kids, capstonekids.com/
, sixth-grade detectives who solve field trip mysteries. First, learn how Cat, Gum, Egg and Sam got their nicknames, and what skills they bring to the group. Jot down books to look for on your next trip to the library as you read excerpts from the books they are in. Have you ever wondered How to Lift Fingerprints, create Sneaky Disguises or make Invisible Ink? Check out these and other tricks of the trade in Downloadables.

Play Minus Mission
Minus Mission

Island Adventures

oochinaHead over to Adventure Island, tinyurl.com/88tlkvv, where you will meet Kimo, the tour bus driver. He needs help to get around the island faster. The first thing you’ll need to do is learn the symbols on the map so you can find out where you need to go. Each customer has plans to go to a different destination, so the faster you read the symbols, the more quickly they can get there and the more customers you can serve. Your goal is to get Kimo around the island as quickly as you can in order to earn the most tips. Happy traveling!

Programming for Kids

garage saleHave you ever wondered how those games and apps you play on your computer are made? Tynker presents Hour of Code, tynker.com/
, a site designed just for kids to learn the basics of computer programming. Building a game requires you to use your problem-solving skills. Solve the coding puzzles in Lost in Space, where Biff the Spaceman needs to reach the moon base. Help Pixel get back home in Puppy Adventure (Complete). Debug the code and you get to solve the maze. Try the 15 Block Challenge. Each block adds a different element to the scene. Be sure to explore each scene for hidden animals.

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Dear Amy: How do I find good apps for my phone and iPad to help me with my homework? – Tiffany C., Denver

Dear Tiffany: Apps are fun ways to get extra practice with math facts, spelling, grammar and almost any school subject. I like to go to Arcademic Skillbuilders, arcademicskillbuilders.com, for cool math and language arts games. This site also has iPad versions of its games available to download from iTunes.

When I am searching for an app, I like to read reviews before downloading anything new. This always gives me a good idea about whether an app is going to be helpful or not. Before you download anything new, it is always important to make sure it is age-appropriate and that you have your parents’ permission.

There are useful lists of educational apps online to help you narrow down your search. I like to go to Best Educational Apps For Kids, everythingmom.com/education/best-educational-apps-for-kids.html, and 50 Great Learning Apps for Kids, iphone.appstorm.net/roundups/50-learning-apps-for-kids. Many similar lists are available online if you search, but these will help you get started.


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