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Week of August 30, 2015
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Which continent is not home to a rainforest?
North America
Antarctica
South America

How long has the metric system been in use?
100 years
300 years
500 years

How long did it take to make dinner back in 1845?
2 hours
3 hours
4 hours

Take a Trip

BusDo you like riding the bus on field trips? The Magic School Bus, scholastic.com/magic
schoolbus
, will take you on adventures without making you wait at the bus stop. In Games and Activities, play Where Will the Bus Take You? Answer questions correctly and collect souvenirs from each destination. Join the Adventures of Weatherlizard to find out if you are weather wise. For instance, if you are outside during a tornado warning, where should you go to be safe? Before your next trip to the library, visit Themes and make a list of books to check out based on what your interests are.

Play Jet Ski Addition
Jet Ski Addition

Real Math

CarWhen you study fractions or geometry, do you ever wonder if you’ll use them outside of school? Math in Daily Life, learner.org/
interactives/daily math
, shows you that math is something everyone uses, whether in gaming, cooking, traveling or home decorating. For example, before buying a piece of furniture, you have to measure it to make sure it will fit in the room. When you help prepare dinner, the correct amount of each ingredient is crucial to making a dish taste good. Check out Savings and Credit to decide whether you should buy or lease a car.


Food Travels

FoodAgriculture and food production have changed dramatically over the past 200 years. Harvest of History, harvestofhistory.
org/ explore.html
, takes a look at the food we eat, as well as the people who are involved in growing and transporting food, and providing the equipment needed to process it. Years ago, when you ate a piece of fruit or even a cheeseburger, it came from your own garden or a local farm. Today, the food on your plate might have traveled as far as 10,000 miles to get to your table. Explore the Village and save interesting video clips, then visit the Village Videomaker to create a film about what you’ve learned.

Speak Out

Do you have any hints to share about doing a big research project?

Speak Out Here!

Dear Amy: The school year just started, and I found out that I will be doing a semester-long project that requires a research paper and a presentation. Do you have any suggestions as to where I can begin? — Janie T., Washington, D.C.

Dear Janie: Research papers can be fun, especially if you have a topic you’re really interested in. You can always learn new information about a subject and give your project a unique angle. For educational research, I like to use iSeek, education.iseek.com/iseek/home.page, and the Internet Public Library, ipl.org/div/kidspace. Both of these search engines typically have information from reputable sources that you can reference for a school project.

You can really be creative these days with presentations because there are so many resources to make your project shine. You can create a PowerPoint slideshow, a video or even a website.

I like to research what others have to say about how to create a great presentation. Check out Cool Tools for School, tinyurl.com/npqbb2v, to find some great ideas that may inspire you to create a terrific project.

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