Week of March 15, 2015
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What does “impeccable” mean?
Without fault

Besides Pluto, what are the names of two other dwarf planets?
Haumea and Makemake
Eris and Ceres
All of the above

What do animals that live in the Antarctic eat?
Arctic plants
Fish from the sea

Vocabulary Words

vocabularyVocabulary.com, vocabulary.com, is a great place to expand your communication skills. Take the Challenge, a quiz that asks you a variety of questions about word meanings. Supply the missing word in a sentence or guess the meaning of a word based on the context in which it occurs. Earn points for each correct answer. If you miss one, its definition appears, so the next time you see the word you’ll know what it means. An expanded vocabulary will help you express your ideas more clearly in both writing and conversation.

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Puppy Chase

Visual Learning

MathAre you a visual learner? NeoK12, neok12.com, believes kids learn better when they see a concept demonstrated rather than just listening to a lesson. For example, let’s say you have a Life Science test coming up about Pollination. You can watch videos and learn why pollinators are critical to our food supply. Math can be tricky, but when you learn a faster way to do long division, you’ll be amazed! Find out 25 Crazy Facts About Our Solar System. You can study Measurements in Physical Science and learn more about them.

Where Do They Live?

Tropical ForestHave you ever wondered why you never see penguins walking around your neighborhood? Humans and Animal Habitats, abpi
, examines why certain animals are suited to specific areas of the world. Play the Habitats Game and learn how parrots’ diets influence their preference for a warm climate instead of a snowy one. Tropical Rainforests are close to the equator, are humid all year, and are ideal habitats for many plants and animals. Find out which animals need air to breathe but live happily in the sea.

Speak Out

Do you think music can help people learn about other subjects? Why?

Speak Out Here!

Dear Amy: I’m doing a project on famous classical composers, and I don’t know where to begin my research. — Emily S., San Diego, California

Dear Emily: Sounds like a fun project! Fortunately, there are many websites with information about classical composers. Depending on the project guidelines, you can include music, photographs, or even a slideshow presentation or webpage to enhance your project. In the meantime, here are a few of my favorite places to go for research on this particular topic:

Arts Alive, artsalive.ca/en/mus/greatcomposers, is a terrific resource with images of composers you can select to find out more. DSO Kids’ Listen by Composer, dsokids.com/listen/by-composer.aspx, has facts about great composers and a list of their famous works, along with samples of their music. Your school or public library can also be a great place to get started.

An important part of any research assignment is giving credit to your sources. Check out Education Place’s Citing Resources page, eduplace.com/parents/resources/homework/reference/bibliography.html, for examples of how to properly cite a variety of resources.


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