Pre-Testing in Math
Pre-Testing in math is more than just a way to separate your students into two groups for a unit: those who already know it and those who don’t. The data collected from a pre-test should inform your instruction for the unit and help you to adjust your plans…move quicker, skip it, do a more creative activity, etc. For more information on quality pre-tests, check out Byrdseed Six Traits of Quality Pre-Assessments.
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Mean Absolute Deviation (MAD) is how far, on average, all data values are from the middle.
To find the MAD, you can follow 3 easy steps:
- Find the mean of the values
- Find the distance of each value from that mean (subtract the mean from each value, ignore minus signs which is also the absolute value)
- Then find the mean of those distances
For this Math Mini Spark, you’ll be finding the MAD on a spreadsheet. Follow the steps below.
Step 1: Make a Copy of this Spreadsheet by clicking the link: https://docs.google.com/spreadsheets/d/1ndcgCZ1EeVcKausxtkmBkONVfCeilbQNE6ukdUCWYk8/copy
Step 2: Watch the video below and complete the steps shown in the video on your own spreadsheet.
NOTE: This mini-spark can be used as 1 spreadsheet lesson for the Spreadsheet Superstar Badge.
Choose a book that you have recently read and enjoyed!
Create a script using the link below as a guide.
Choose at least two people and read your 1-hand book review to them.
Share your review with your teacher or the EY coordinator in your building.
Nebraska Science Festival is happening the entire month of April and there are so many fun ways to participate!
Head over the NE SciFest website and check out the different contests, challenges, and learning opportunities!
Website Link: https://www.nescifest.com/
Pictured above is one of my favorite poets – Amanda Gorman. In the picture, she is reading a poem at the inauguration of President Joe Biden! And, she is just 22 years old!!
Amanda Gorman is the youngest inaugural poet in U.S. history, as well as an award-winning writer! She has written for the New York Times and has three books forthcoming with Penguin Random House.
Born and raised in Los Angeles, she began writing at only a few years of age. Now her words have won her invitations to the Obama White House and to perform for Lin-Manuel Miranda, Al Gore, Secretary Hillary Clinton, Malala Yousafzai, and others.
In 2017, Amanda Gorman was appointed the first-ever National Youth Poet Laureate by Urban Word – a program that supports Youth Poets Laureate in more than 60 cities, regions and states nationally. She is the recipient of the Poets & Writers Barnes & Noble Writers for Writers Award, and is the youngest. board member of 826 National, the largest youth writing network in the United States.
Click on the link below to watch Amanda Gorman read her poem “Talking Gets Us There”.
HERE’S YOUR CHALLENGE: WRITE A POEM OF YOUR OWN!!
Go to https://www.poetry4kids.com/ to explore! Click on the “Poems” tab to read poems others have written to help you gain some inspiration!
Under the “Lessons” tab, you’ll find poetry lessons, as well as a rhyming dictionary!!
Submit your poem in the comments below.
Below Zero Temperatures = Science Experiments!
For this week’s Weekly Challenge, try one of these Cold Weather Science Experiments and figure out if it’s real or a myth! Don’t forget to share your results!
- Freezing Soap Bubbles: Head outside with some bubble solution and blow some bubbles! NOTE: Try heating up the bubble solution in the microwave beforehand. You can make your own bubble solution with 2 cups of water, half a cup of dish soap, and 2 teaspoons sugar.
- Banana Hammer: Hang a banana outside for a few hours and it will freeze solid-solid enough for you to be able to hammer actual nails with it.
- Make An Ice Thrower: Fill a Super Soaker with boiling water and then shoot it out into the cold. When very hot water meets very cold air, the water vaporizes, turning it into ice crystals…essentially, homemade snow. Don’t have a Super Soaker, just use the pot you boiled the water in.
- Freeze-Fry An Egg: Don’t actually eat it, but leave a frying pan outside for about 15 minutes and then crack an egg into it. What happens?
- Instant Freeze Water – Bottle Slam
If none of these experiments catch your interest, a simple Google search for “Cold Weather Science” will display several options. Have fun and don’t forget to submit your learning!
Submit Your Work Here: https://forms.gle/PcVvit1VbANsZfBcA
Art requires creativity and imagination and enhances flexibility, adaptability, productivity, responsibility and innovation – all required skills for a successful career in any field of study.
The ‘A’ in STEAM represents ‘Art’ which includes music.
For this week’s Weekly Challenge, you’ll have an opportunity to explore the world of opera. There are several different learning choices. Pick as many activities as you’d like and then demonstrate your learning by creating a product.
You are welcome to find other resources of your own. Have fun!
Submit Your Work Here: https://forms.gle/UmK5n4AXx9V5gpG78
NOTE: There is a Marvelous World of Opera badge available if you’re interested. Get a copy of the recording sheet here: https://sites.google.com/westside66.net/eybadgepage/fine-arts-badges?authuser=0
Image Source: http://clipart-library.com/clipart/53061.htm
In this half-day workshop, participants will explore the basics of acting, using the natural tools of voice and body, as well as integrating technology to engage in dynamic storytelling. Students will learn how to develop character through movement, sound, and visual composition. By using creativity, self-assessment, and constructive dialogue, students will discover their own unique theatrical narrative style. Contemporary text, improvisation, and personal writing will challenge each student to reach beyond their limits, in order to honestly and joyfully search for their character and story.