Week of December 3 , 2006

Math on the Move

Define math terms and refine your math knowledge at A Math's Dictionary for Kids, www.amathsdictionaryforkids
.com
. From the abacus to the numeral zero, this site is a complete wonder of math terminology, full of history and awesome visuals. Do you know what a cardinal number is? Find out as you explore the alphabet. This site allows you to view interactive Venn diagrams or quadrilaterals to boost your brainpower. You can also practice your measuring skills with handspans as you click and drag your way through this marvelous math adventure.

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How many sides does a septagon have?

seven
six
ten

 

What does NCES stand for?

National Center for Educational Statistics
National Courses on Education Statistics
National Center of Economical Sources

 

When did Alfred become King of Wessex?
781 A.D
178 A.D
871 A.D

 

Top of the Chart

Create a Graph takes the guesswork out of doing diagrams at http://nces.ed.gov/nceskids/
graphing
. Do you need a cool chart for your school projects? Or maybe your math homework needs a little magic? It’s easy to make professional-looking graphics to jazz up your report. First, design your chart. Then click on the data tab to enter a title, source and numerical values. Choose from many fonts and bright colors in Labels and then Preview your personal mathematical masterpiece. If everything looks good, print or save your work.


British Invasion

Join the Anglo-Saxon invasion of Britain at www.bbc.co.uk/schools/primary
history/anglo_saxons
. In the fifth and sixth centuries, tribes from Europe rode across the North Sea and built new kingdoms in England. With Hild as your guide, take a peek into their homes and lifestyles in Anglo-Saxon Life. Hild’s Challenge will make sure you have your Anglo-Saxon facts straight. Act like an Anglo-Saxon yourself by visiting Activities and learning to make your own manuscript, write in runes or solve riddles. A glossary of terms is provided if you need help. Do not leave without joining Hild at the village feast.


What would you do if you caught a friend cheating on a test?

 

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Pets Around the World

Every time I go to a friend’s house I’m greeted by a cat or dog. Only a few people I know own an exotic pet like a fish or bird. My cat, Boots, keeps me company at home.

Did you know that most households have a cat or dog? I found a study by the American Pet Products Manufacturers Association that recently reported 63 percent of American households have at least one pet. But that’s not the norm in other countries. I started to wonder what pets people have around the world.

After a little research, I found people in some countries keep insects as pets. Japanese families keep crickets because they are thought to bring good luck. In Australia, people even keep cockroaches as pets! You can find out more about cockroach pets at http://news.nationalgeographic.com/kids/2003/10/
petroach.html
. For other fun facts about international pets check out www.factmonster.com /ipka/A0768602.html.

(The first site is no longer available.)

—Amy

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