Week of February 8, 2015
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What is the maximum length of time a person can serve as president?
8 years
10 years
12 years

Which type of memory is involved in non-reasoning brain training?
Short-term memory
Long-term memory
None of the above

What is above Yosemite Falls?
The top of a mountain
A glacier
Yosemite creek

The Constitution

ConstitutionCheck out Constitution
for Kids at bit.ly/1E0PQpr, and learn about the brilliant document written by America’s founding fathers. Test Your Knowledge to find out your Constitution IQ. Do you know who is next in line to serve if the president and vice president are unable? Take the Real or Fake quiz, and decide which statements about famous historical figures are accurate. You may recognize some of their portraits from your history books. Play Which Founding Father Are You? to see which one you might resemble most.

Play Minus Mission
Minus Mission

Brain Games

GameBrain Test Britain, ssl.bbc.co
, wants to train your brain in reasoning skills. Do you think it’s possible? To excel at Loop the Loop, you must learn that every move you make affects subsequent moves. Think fast when you play Slider — you have a limited time to put the numbers in order. Crates is a matching game with a twist: You have to delete the crates in the correct order to match the example. These games will help develop problem- solving and planning skills.

Yosemite Valley

WaterfallThe Waterfalls of Yosemite National Park, nps.gov/yose/planyourvisit/waterfalls.htm, in California are spectacular. Yosemite Falls is 2,425 feet high, making it the fifth-highest waterfall in the world. Watch the 10-minute podcast where park rangers share their knowledge about the falls. Have you ever thought about how differently water moves in streams, ponds or lakes? Watch how water comes to life when it flows like a free-falling river. In mid- to late February each year, Horsetail Fall appears to be on fire as it reflects the colors of the sunset. Read about some of the hiking trails that offer incredible views of Yosemite’s waterfalls.

Speak Out

What difficulties have you had keeping focused in class?

Speak Out Here!

Dear Amy: I have trouble focusing in class sometimes. Do you have any ideas that can help me stay focused so I don’t miss anything? — Jarod T., St. Paul, Minnesota

Dear Jarod: If you are having trouble staying focused in class, there are a few things you can do right away to help. The first is to eat well and make sure you are getting enough rest at night. Your brain needs rest and the proper nutrients to function at its best.

Another suggestion is to remove all distractions from your desk area so you can concentrate on the instructor and the lesson. This includes extra folders, papers and supplies that you don’t need for the current class. You might also consider sitting at the front of the class to minimize being distracted by friends.

When your instructor is speaking, it helps to make eye contact to show that you are listening. This will help you stay tuned in to the class discussion and motivate you to participate. It can also make any class more interesting. For other tips, check out Keep Yourself Focused in the Classroom, expertbeacon.com/keep-yourself-focused-classroom/#.VJO_m1KzVQ.


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