Week of October 16, 2016
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How much damage did Hurricane Sandy cause?
$42 billion
$52 billion
$62 billion

What is the main ingredient in
chicken feed?

Who founded ReadTheory?
Anne Beatty
Tanner Hock
Genevieve Romeo

Analyze the Clouds

CloudsVisit the Cloud Lab, pbs.org/wgbh/nova/labs/
, and discover how clouds help us predict the movement and strength of storms. Use a Guest Pass and take the Challenge, beginning with Cloud Typing. Try the Key if you get stuck. Did you know that Hurricane Sandy was one of the most destructive storms in history? Step Inside a Megastorm and follow the events that helped scientists predict the storm’s intensity. Learn why storms spin in Hurricane Rotation and the Coriolis Effect in Event 2. In Analysis & Reconstruction, examine the data of past hurricanes and draw your own conclusions.

Otter Rush
Otter Rush

Visit a Farm

Cherry LaneCanadian Virtual Farm Tours, virtualfarmtours.ca, invites you to learn about real working farms. Did you know that there are five different types of Egg Farms? Travel to each one to hear from the farmer himself in Farm Family Videos that highlight daily activity and living conditions. Next, travel to Vegetable Farms and learn about those crops. Find out where Yukon Gold potatoes were developed. Blueberries are the most common fruit grown in Canada. Head over to Fruit Farms and see what a growing season is like at Cherry Lane orchard in Ontario.

Critical Thinking

Read TheoryDo you struggle with understanding what you read? ReadTheory, readtheory.org, is a resource dedicated to giving students of all ages the opportunity to read and think critically. Reading and listening comprehension are important skills not only in school, but also in your future career. With a parent’s permission, Sign Up for a free student account to get started. Once you log in, the Pretest will determine the level at which you are currently performing. Now it’s time to begin reading. Each passage is followed by questions designed to sharpen your skills in a specific area. Select the Information link to find out about the quiz type, directions, grade level of each quiz.

Speak Out

Do you have special techniques for note-taking? If so, tell us about them.

Speak Out Here!

Dear Amy: Can you give me any advice about how to take good notes in class? —Jessica T., Ann Arbor, Michigan

Dear Jessica: One of the key ideas to keep in mind when taking notes is that you don’t have to write down everything the lecturer says, just the most important details. Remember that many of the words in a sentence are connecting words, and focus on the words that are informational.

For instance, in a biology lecture about classification, you might hear a sentence such as “Turtles are classified as reptiles.” The teacher may be classifying several animals, so you might write: Reptiles — Turtles and add to the list as more animals are discussed.

One note-taking method that is very popular is dividing your page into two columns. Take notes on the left and leave the right side blank to add comments, notes or questions later.

You should also be sure to review your notes quickly after the lecture so you can ask your teacher or a classmate any questions you might have about a missed detail or unclear topic.

Find more great tips at How to Take Notes, testtakingtips.com/note/


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