Week of August 24, 2014
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What can you build with Algebra Tiles?
Flip Tiles
Variables and Constants
All of the Above

In the 1920s, what was the busiest port in the world?
Pearl Harbor
Calemut Harbor
New York Harbor

Who invented the Horseshoe Machine?
Joseph Dorgan
Nathaniel Wyeth
John Burt

Math Interactives

OctopusDo you have trouble understanding certain math concepts? The National Council of Teachers of Mathematics presents Illuminations, illuminations.nctm.org/
. Interactive games give you practice to master tricky problems. Search by grade level or topic and find activities to help you with those skills. Battle Okta the octopus in Deep Sea Duel and strategize to win. Use Fraction Models to understand what a fraction looks like as a mixed number, decimal and percent. In Pan Balance – Numbers, use the scale to create equivalent numerical expressions.

Play Demolition Division
Demolition Division

Planes, Trains & Automobiles

CarDid you know that the first cars weren’t air-conditioned? You can see how transportation has changed over time at America on the Move, amhistory.si.edu/
. Choose an adventure to get started in Where’s Everyone Going? You’ll find out how goods were delivered and how people traveled on vacations. Long road trips were uncommon because there weren’t many gas stations along the way. In Be a Movie Director, create a film using cars from different eras. Find out which sports car first won a sanctioned race at Daytona Beach.

Patent Models

BicycleThe Rothschild Petersen Patent Model Museum, patentmodel.org, is the largest collection of patent models in the world. Are you an inventor? If you’ve designed something unique and you don’t want someone else to steal your idea, you can apply for a patent. Until 1880, inventors who applied for patents were required to submit a small model of their invention. Visit The Models to see All Models, such as miniature versions of a bicycle, roller skates or a machine for making toy torpedoes. Not all of the inventions have images available, but you will have fun seeing what some familiar items looked like when they were first invented many years ago.

Speak Out

Who is your favorite U.S. president? Why?

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Dear Amy: I want to get more involved in school this year, but I am not sure where to start. — Jamie Z., Lansing, Michigan

Dear Jamie: Most schools offer a wide variety of activities for students outside of school. The first step is to find out which options are available to you and then narrow them down according to what you enjoy doing. For instance, if you like drawing, you might join an art club. If you love taking pictures, consider a photography or yearbook club. If you like to sing, join the choir or try out for a school musical.

If the activity you are looking for is not available at school, you might check your local public library, because often there are after-school programs and clubs available to the community. Joining a group of people who have similar interests is also a great way to make new friends.

Don’t be afraid to try something new – you might find an activity that you really enjoy. For more tips, check out this article: “How to Choose the Right After-School Club for Your Child,” parenthood360.com/index.php/how-to-choose-the-right-after-school-club-for-your-child-158.


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