Sunday, April 17, 2011

Math and Science

Science Education Reform

The Science Education Reform Movement

There is broad general agreement on what constitutes high-quality science education. At the risk of oversimplification, the bottom line is that we must move from a system that promotes science primarily as recall of factual information and rote computation to one that emphasizes conceptual understanding and logical process skills. The traditional methodology in which the teacher communicates information to the students should decrease in favor of hands-on activities in which students conduct investigations, discover key principles, and practice applying those principles in a variety of situations. This modified approach to science education, which has been practiced by leading teachers for many years, is variously termed "reformed," "constructivist," "inquiry-based," "hands-on," or "discovery-based" learning.

Saturday, April 16, 2011

More Kindle Reading

The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe, tells the story of four ordinary children: Peter, Susan, Edmund, and Lucy Pevensie. They discover a wardrobe in Professor Digory Kirke's house that leads to the magical land of Narnia. The Pevensie children help Aslan, a talking lion, save Narnia from the evil White Witch, who has reigned over the land of Narnia for a century of perpetual winter. The children become kings and queens of this new-found land and establish the Golden Age of Narnia, leaving a legacy to be rediscovered in later books.

Grade Level Equivalent: 6.1
Lexile® measure: 940L
Kindle Pages: 208

Prince Caspian: The Return to Narnia tells the story of the Pevensie children's second trip to Narnia. They are drawn back by the power of Susan's horn, blown by Prince Caspian to summon help in his hour of need. Narnia as they knew it is no more. Their castle is in ruins and all the dryads have retreated so far within themselves that only Aslan's magic can wake them. Caspian has fled into the woods to escape his uncle, Miraz, who has usurped the throne. The children set out once again to save Narnia.

Grade Level Equivalent: 5.6
Lexile® measure: 870L
Kindle Pages: 240

The Horse and His Boy is a story that takes place during the reign of the Pevensies in Narnia, an era which begins and ends in the last chapter of The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe. A talking horse called Bree and a young boy named Shasta, both of whom are in bondage in the country of Calormen, are the protagonists. By chance, they meet and plan their return to Narnia and freedom. Along the way they meet Aravis and her talking horse Hwin who are also fleeing to Narnia.

Grade Level Equivalent: 5.8
Lexile® measure: 970L
Kindle Pages: 240

Thursday, April 14, 2011

Calendar - just one day

7:30 - 8:00 ===Breakfast
8:00 - 9:30 ====Pre Algebra
9:30 - 9:50 ====Run around
9:50 ======== Google Calendar alarm for Class Connect
9:55 - 10:00 ===Log into Elluminate for live audio lecture
10:00 - 10:45 ==Math Lesson with Mrs Medina
10:45 - 11:00 ==Take Match Achievement Quiz
11:00 -11:30 ===Check out Science Experiment
11:30 - 12:00 ==Spelling City
12:00 - 12:30 ==Vocabulary
12:30 - 12:45 ===1 mile Bike Hike to Park
12:45 - 1: 15 ===Brown bag Lunch
1:15 - 1:30 ====1 mile Bike Hike back
1:30 - 2:00==== Piano lesson
3:00 - 4:00====American History

Tuesday, April 12, 2011


Worksheet 1: "World Facts" — 16 multiple choice interesting geographical questions

Worksheet 2: "Know Your World Questions" — 20 multiple choice and short answer questions on material taken from our Heinle and National Geographic co-branded products

Worksheet 3: "Share Your World Questions" — 12 open-ended questions that can also be used as discussion topics

Monday, April 11, 2011

Stupid Snakes

Science lab today required collecting some pond water. sure no problem.

first location, icky adult cotton mouth

second location, BIGGER icky adult cotton mouth

third location, finally snake free collection point.

Sunday, April 10, 2011

OMG - yes

10. it is humanly possible to say "stop" 400 times in a 10 second time frame.

9. you know the exact time you will be exhausted everyday: it is with in 15 seconds of waking up your child

8. At 15 your child will likely have an IQ twice as high as yours and let you know exactly when and how you were wrong everyday.

7. Everyone(store-pool-library) knows your child's name-even if you didn't tell anyone

6. Prepare yourself to Never have the last word in Any conversations -ever

5. Pray that any nervous ticks or habits don't include picking their nose.

4. Be prepared to be presented with more information than any human has the right to know wars, legos, cars, weather..hope your kid only picks one

3. Don't do anything (fart) in public if you don't want everyone wihtin earshot to know who, where and what just happened.

2. You will get lots of unconditonal love

1. Be prepared to go further than you dreamed, work harder than you thought possible, to love, to cry. but at the end of the day wrap your arms around a true gift from God.

Saturday, April 9, 2011

Rocks the House

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Friday, April 8, 2011

Student Cam

Nicholas Elkan
12th Grade
"George Bailey's Nightmare"
Home School
Bethesda, MD

Thursday, April 7, 2011

healthy range

Your sex is male
Your height is 4 ft. 9.8 in., or 146.9 cm.
Your weight is 69.52 lb., or 31.6 kg.
Your birthdate is 06/27/2001, so your age is 9 years 10 months.

Your height is 92th percentile
That means you are 92th in height compared to 100 kids your age and sex.

Your weight is 53th percentile
That means you are 53th in weight compared to 100 kids your age and sex.

Your Body Mass Index is 14.6, which is the 11th percentile
That means that your BMI is 11th compared to 100 kids your age and sex.

You are neither underweight nor overweight according to health experts*. Your weight is in the healthy range for your height and age.

The healthy weight range for your height and age is 67 to 91 pounds (31 to 41 kilograms). This range corresponds to a BMI between the 5th and 85th percentiles for your age and sex.

Wednesday, April 6, 2011

Children's Museum Today

this is one of my favorite places!