Monday, September 1, 2008

Thursday, August 7, 2008

Is my Child Gifted?

Unwrapping the Gifted , by Tamara Fisher, is a great article that helps sorts out what gifted is, and what gifted isn't. The author also gives us a peek into what gifted education is all about. Children who are gifted, simply learn differently from their peers. Gifted children do not always get high marks or complete their homework, because they require a different type of teaching to help them succeed.
Take a look at Unwrapping the Gifted, it's an enjoyable light read and explains this topic well, without the usual jargon.

Thursday, July 31, 2008

Writing a Procedure

A procedure is a set of directions, written to help a reader complete a task. If the procedure is written correctly, the reader's results will usually be the same as the author's results.

A procedure has the following parts:

Purpose
(What the author is trying to teach you to do-often the title)

Materials list
(What you must have to follow the directions)

Sequential list of steps
(How to do it-sometimes numbered)

Diagrams
(Pictures that help explain the materials, steps, and results.)

Linking words
(Words telling the order -first,next,now,finally)

Subject specific words
(Words for the topic-cooking=stir, roast, brown)

Results
(What you get in the end, what to do with it and any cautions-
directions=Our home is the red brick house on the corner.
Knock loudly on the front door, the back door is for the people
who live downstairs.)


Try writing one of the following types of procedures:
Recipe Driving Directions Magic Trick
Craft Instructions Science Experiment
or
label the parts in one of the above types of procedures

Monday, July 28, 2008

Be a News Reporter

Rearrange the following statements into a news article.

Check your answer against the original story in the online news letter for kids-"Our Little Earth"

How did you do? If you need some help, click on comments and send Infonut a message.


The headline is provided for you. (Some wording referring to links has been changed due to copyright.)


Dubai ruler makes big donation



The Burj al-Arab is a large boat-shaped hotel - people even play tennis on its helipad.

Dubai is one of the seven states that make up the country United Arab Emirates (UAE).

The World and The Palm Islands are huge islands being built off of the coast of Dubai.

Each state has its own ruler.

He feels that education and research have to be improved in the UAE for the region to have a bright future.

There are almost 300 shops in a very tiny area, displaying more than 25 tonnes of gold at any time.

Dubai has been making news with some of its innovative real-estate projects.

So each shop, on the average, is displaying a person's weight in gold!

The ruler of Dubai, Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid al-Maktoum, is donating ten billion dollars for education in the Middle East.

Sheikh Mohammed himself has helped create many of these.

A picture, taken from outer space, of one of the palm islands being built shows that it really does look like a palm tree.

Some of the other states are Abu Dhabi and Sharjah.

Dubai's "Gold Souk" is a market where gold is sold almost like fish being sold in a fish market.

The ruler of Dubai happens to be both the Prime Minister and Vice-President of the UAE.

They are actually in the shape of the continents and palm trees.

See the original article





Thursday, July 24, 2008

Animal Reseach Links

Ask Azula-animal answers from the ASPCA (watch out for American spelling)

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