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Searching for Syllables
Builds syllabication skills

Provide each student with a sheet of lined writing paper. Instruct students to fold the paper to create three columns, and number the columns 1, 2, and 3. (Older students might divide their paper into more columns; or head the columns with the numbers 2, 3, and 4 or more or 3, 4, and 5 or more.) The numbers indicate the number of syllables in the words that will be placed in each column.

Provide a selection of text (of a paragraph, page, or other appropriate length) and have students write each word in the text in the appropriate column on their papers. The student who places the most words in the correct columns wins!

Aton-Ra: The Lost Statue

Skills: spelling, using suffixes and prefixes, sentence structure

Description: Help investigators Nancy, Drew, and Trixie the dog recover Egypt's missing statue called "Alton-Ra" by using your superior spelling skills. In this game with several unique levels, kids learn about the ancient civilization and solve word puzzles that involve identifying and correcting spelling errors, finding homonyms, adding prefixes and suffixes, and building sentences.

Math

War With Math

Brief Description

The traditional card game of War is used to practice math facts.

Keywords

math facts, game, addition facts, multiplication facts, times tables, subtraction facts, War, cards, card game, addition, subtraction, multiplication, multiplication tables

Materials Needed

• a deck of cards for each pair of students

Lesson Plan

Arrange students into pairs to play this game. (After students master the game, they might play in teams of three or four.) Provide each pair of students with a deck of cards. The game is played in much the way the traditional card game War is played. The biggest difference is that players add (or subtract or multiply) the cards they reveal.

To arrange students into pairs, you might try this random method.

· Count out index cards so you have one for each student.

· Write on one card a simple math problem (e.g., 5 x 7) and write the answer to that problem (35) on a second card. Continue writing problems and solutions until you have written something on all the cards. Note: Be sure all the solution cards have a different number on them; in that way, only one problem card will match each solution card.

· Pass out the cards to students. Put a card face down on each students desk. (If you have an odd number of students, you hold one of the cards.)

· When you say "Go," each student flips over his or her card, reads it, and tries to locate the classmate with the matching card. When they find each other, the partners can begin playing the game below. If you have an odd number of students, the student who was holding the card that matched yours might play War with you or you might ask one of the pairs if they will allow a third person to be part of their game.

Before Playing
Choose the operation -- addition, subtraction, or multiplication -- you want students to practice. Each number card is worth its face value (e.g., the 7 of clubs has a value of 7). The Ace has a value of 1. Decide if you want students to leave in or take out the face cards. If you leave them in the game, decide what values those cards might have. For example:

• all face cards might have a value of 0.
• all face cards might have a value of 10.
• all face cards might have a value of 12.
• a joker might have a value of 0, a jack might have a value of 10, a queen might have a value of 11, and a king might have a value of 12.

Rules for Play

• Shuffle the deck of cards and place it face down.
• Each student draws a card from the top of the deck and reveals the card. Cards can be revealed one at a time or at the same time.
• When both cards are revealed, students must perform the assigned operation on the cards. For example, if one student flips over a 5 of hearts and the other flips over a 9 of spades, then the students add in their heads the value of those two cards. 5 + 9 = 14. The first student to call out "14" wins those two cards.
• Play continues in this manner until the end of a predetermined time or until one student has all the cards. If time runs out, the student with the most cards wins.

Penguin Waiter

Skills
Calculation with percentages and money

Description
Oh, waiter! This game asks students to use percentages to determine the amount of money to give as a tip. For a greater challenge, the hard level provides the total and tip, and students calculate the percentage of the original bill. The most difficult level requires players to compute the actual bill from a total that includes a specified tip.

Science

Cell Models

URL: http://www.cellsalive.com/cells/3dcell.htm

Topics: cell types and structure, meiosis, mitosis

Description: If your students can't tell a vacuole from a vesicle, turn to the plant, animal, and bacteria cell models section of CELLS alive!. The interactive animations at this site enable students to explore cell diagrams or click the names of cell parts to view their descriptions. Additional animations illustrate meiosis, mitosis, and more.