Tuesday, April 14, 2009

Math Websites

I've been getting several requests for math resources from students in my online class and from teachers in the district. I love being able to help when I can, so I've searched the web to find some differentiation resources for math. Here is what I've found so far.

e-Learning for Kids online courses in math and other subjects, too!

I've also found some great interactive lessons and activities on BBC School's Bitesize site.

There are also some demo lessons on the Time 4 Learning site.

I've used some of the demo lessons on the Math Upgrade site.
For skill practice, the IXL site may be useful, or head over to Mr. Nausbaum's site for some great math games!

There are a ton of math sites here. I admit I have not gotten around to exploring them all, but I'm sure you will find something that your students will like.

Don't forget BrainPOP and BrainPOP Jr. If you have forgotten the username or password, just email me!

Summer Opportunities

I wanted to share with you some enrichment opportunities that are available to students in the summer. Unfortunately, most of these are in the eastern part of the state. Are there any that you know of that are closer to home? Please let me know so I can post them! Maybe we need to be thinking about how to provide our own summer activities for our HAL students! Anyway, here are some things that I've found.

The first one is Big Red Summer Academy geared toward 9-12 graders. You can read all about the camp here.

The University of Nebraska at Omaha offers Aim for the Stars. Camps are available for 3-10 graders. There are also "girls only" programs.

Ad Astra is a one-week residential program at Creighton University for gifted students completing 6th, 7th, and 8th grades. .Students explore the many exciting facets of college life, and participate in courses designed to expose them to a variety of academic fields of study

Bright Lights is another summer program for elementary and middle school students. It doesn't offer housing, but if you have friends or relatives to stay with, it may be worth checking out.

Nature enthusiats might want to explore the two camps offered in Gibbon, Nebraska. Big Bend SOAR and Flying Higher camps are held at the Rowe Sanctuary.

The Nebraska Association for the Gifted had information about Camp Invention, a day camp to encourage creativity. There are several Nebraska locations. Click here to see NAG's entire list of summer opportunties.


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Thursday, April 2, 2009

Change the World in 5 Minutes a Day!

This video is awsome. These students show how easy it can be make a difference in the world. Take a look!

Future City

At the NAG Fall Workshop, John Thomsen shared information about Future City. It is a program which is intended to promote teamwork and critical thinking in math and science while using a community mentor to work with students. Students use Sim City software to design a future city, and then they research and write a solution to a problem that troubles cities of today and tomorrow. This sounds like a wonderful opportunity for our 7th and 8th grade students in HAL.